George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 7 July 1799]

7. Morning Cloudy—Wind altho’ but little of it, No. W. Mer. 76–83 at highest and 78 at Night. Mr. Willm. Booker came in the evening.

On 3 Mar. 1799 GW wrote the agricultural mechanic William Booker that “a Mill grinding from 15 to 20 bushls. a day, with two horses, would nearly, if not entirely, answer all my purposes; with the occasional aid of the Water Mills which in the driest Seasons, grinds a little” (NN: Washington Papers). Booker was at Mount Vernon to build GW a horse-powered grist mill (GW’s Cash Memoranda, 20 Feb.–3 Dec. 1799: entry for 12 July, RPJCB).

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