George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 14 May 1799]

14. Morning clear & very smoaky. Mer. at 52 and but little wind—that Southerly. Mery. 62 at Night. Majr. Wm. Harrison came here to dinner.

William B. Harrison, of Loudoun County, owned land adjoining Mount Vernon. GW, who believed Harrison’s tenants were stealing timber and livestock from Mount Vernon, wished to lease or buy Harrison’s land to rid himself of those particular neighbors. On 10 April 1799 GW wrote to Harrison: “if you will come & take a bed at my house, I have a Clerk (living with me) who Surveys very well & shall do it for you without cost, the next day” (DLC:GW).

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