17. Morning clear—Wind at No. Wt. & Mer. at 72 and at night 78. Colonels Powell & Simms and Mr. Herbert and Judge Washington Captn. Blackburn & Mr. H. Turner dined here. The three first went away in the afternoon.
Capt. Richard Scott Blackburn was interested in an appointment in the provisional army (GW to Bushrod Washington, 31 Dec. 1798, DLC:GW). mr. h. turner: probably Henry Smith Turner (1770–1834), of Smith’s Mount, Westmoreland County, who married (1796) Capt. Richard Scott Blackburn’s sister Catherine Blackburn. They later settled at Wheatland in Jefferson County.