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Farm Reports, 16–22 April 1797

Farm Reports

[16–22 April 1797]

A Meteoroligical Account of the Weather kept at Mount Vernon
1797 April
16 in the Morning 54 S.E. & Rainy 56 S.E. & rain 54 S.E. & rain
17 56 S.E. & clear 60 S.E. clear 57 S.E. & rainy
18 51 N.W. cloudy 53 N.W. cloudy 51 N.W. clear
19 45 N.W. cloudy 47 N.W. clear 45 N.W. cloudy
20 46 N.W. cloudy 48 N.W. clear 48 N.W. clear
21 54 N.W. clear 56 W. clear 56 S. clear
22 56 S. clear 59 S. clear 57 S. rain
Dr. Mansion house for the Work of 8 hands Amot. per Week 48 days
Cr. Waggon hauling 2 & plank 1 day & ⟨pea⟩ Brush 1 day  4
    do hauling Oats 1 & Hay 1 day  2
3 Horse Cart hauling Wood 4 & plank 1, & at Town after Smiths Tools &ca 1 day  6
2 Horse Cart hauling Wood  1
Picking up Stones 4 Heaping dung 4 Curing fish 4 days 12
Anthony Attending the Stone Mason  6
cuting of Wood  6
Loading Hay, & Manure  3
Joe Curing of Fish  2
Hauling the Seine  6
48
Dr. Ditchers for the Work of 4 Men Amounting to per W. 24
Cr. By Hauling the Seine 12 cuting wood 4 & fencing 2 18
   Sick Boson  6
24

Stock 1 Stud Horse 3 Stud Jacks 3 Young do, 7 Horses, 9 Working & 16 unbroke Mules, 10 Asses, 16 Cows & 3 Calves—12 Sheep 4 Lambs decreased one Wedder killed.

Dr. River Farm for the work of 27 hands Amounting per Week 162
Cr. By ploughing & planting of Corn  64
 "  Hauling Corn to Mill 1 & Hauling Hay from Doguerun 1 day   2
 "  Hauling Rails 3, Cuting, mauling & Hewing Rails 14 days  17
 "  Marking, Casterating of Calves, Pigs, & Lambs   2
 "  Heaping of Manure  24
 "  Agnes gone to Doctor & attending to the Stock   2
 "  Attending to Stock 6 & Easter Holydays 27 days  33
 "  Fishing 12 & Peter in the Garden 6 days  18
162

Stock 12 Horses, & 12 Mules 83 Cattle & 14 Calves 195 Sheep and 82 Lambs. Decreased 1 Sheep Missing Increased 7 Lambs—of the Lambs there are 44 Ews & 38 Lambs, Marked & Casterated.

Corn Sent to Mill 25½
do fed to Stock 20
45½
Oats sent to Mansion   37 Bu.
Dr. Mudy hole for the Work of 13 hands Amot. per Week 78
Cr. By Carting Rails 4 And at Mill 1 day  5
 "  Ploughing 20, Planting, & covering Corn 6 days 26
 "  Repairing the Mill Race  8
 "  fencing 4, Hauling the Seine 6 days 10
 "  Easter Holy days 13 & Decreased Nathan in the House 6 19
   Sick, Amie, & Letty in Child bed each 5 days 10
78

Stock 7 Horses & 4 Mules, 33 Cattle & 3 Calves 49 Sheep & 19 Lambs.

Corn Sent to Mill
do fed to Stock 4
 planted 2
14½
Dr. Doguerun for the Work of 16 hands Amot. per Week 96 days
Cr. By Easter Holy days 16 & ploughing 18 days 34
 "  Working on the Mill Race 8, Planting Corn 14 days 22
 "  Mending of the outline Post & Rail fence  1
 "  Hauling Seine 5 & cleaning the Meadow 6 days 11
 "  Puting up Post & Rail fences  4
 "  Hoeing round the Stumps in new Ground  6
 "  Shelling Corn 1 & Carting Wood, & Manure 5 days  6
 
   Sick, Sall twine 3, & Sarah with Sore fingers 4 days  7
   Sillar Attending her Sick Children  5
96

Stock 4 Horses 1 Colt & 9 Mules, one Mule Colt 67 Cattle & 7 Calves 134 Sheep & 41 Lambs Increase 1 Horse & one Mule Colt & 1 Calf Decreased 1 Sheep found dead.

Corn Sent to mill 12 Bushels
do fed to Stock  7½ do
19½ Bu.
Dr. Union Farm for the work of 22 hands Amot. per Week 132
Cr. By ploughing for Corn 32 working on the Old Mill Race 17 days  49
 "  Easter Holy day  22
 "  Planting of Corn 22, Cleaning of the Meadow 9 days  31
 "  Hauling Manure, & Distillery Slope   6
 "  Hauling of the Seine 10, & 2 Women carrying fish  14
 "  Sick Moses 6, & Ciss 4 days  10
132

Stock 15 Horses 6 Mules 65 Cattle 2 Calves 111 Sheep & 33 Lambs.

Corn sent to Mill 20 Bu.
do fed to Stock 10
Planted
37½ Bushels
Dr. Carpenters for the Work of 6 Men Amot. per Week 36 days
Cr. By Hewing Timber for the Wheat Machine  8
 "  unloading of Plank & Stacking of do  7
 "  Hauling of the Seine  6
   Davie in the Coopers Shop &ca  3
 "  Isacc fixing of the two Horse Cart & ploughs  3
 "  Easter Holy day  6
   Sick, Sambo  3
36
Dr. Bricklayers for the work of 2 men Amot. per Week 12 days
Cr. By Hauling of the Seine 12
     John Neale Assisting, & Attending on the above work.
Dr. Mill [Wheat]
To Mudy Hole  8.2
 "  Doguerun 12. 
 "  Union Farm 20. 
 "  River Farm 25.2
 "  Toll this week  6. 
72. 

Contra
I[ndian]
M[eal]

Flour

H[ominy]
Sh[orts]
B[ran]
By Mudy Hole  8.2
Doguern 12. 
Union Farm 15.2
River Farm 13.2 1 
Mansion house 19.2 mid. 196 1 
Jas Anderson & Serts  1.3 fine 50
392 2 Blls
Fishing landing 2.3
John Allison 2 
Joseph Cash 1. 
Wm Stewart  .2
Cooper Miller & Boys 1.2
Corn fed to Sows & pigs 1.2
78   fine 442 med. 196
Ship Stuff Distilled 202½ lb.
Superfine flour as formerly 216 fine 68 Medlings 2
Off this to the house 1
1
Dr. Coopers for the work of 3 hands Amot. per week to 18
Cr. By Making Pails for the Mansion house  1
 "  Making flour Barrels  9
 "  Hauling of the Seine  5
 "  Easter Holy day  3
18
Dr. Miller Ben for the Work of 1 man per Week 6 days
Cr. By Working on the Mill Race 1 & Holyday 1  2
   Sick 4
 6
Dr. Gardeners for the Work of 4 Men Amot. per Week to 24 days
Cr. By cuting of Bean ⟨Stuks⟩  4
 "  clearing & planting in the Vineyard & Gardens 12
 "  George, & Peter working at the house each 2 days  4
 "  Easter Holydays  4
24
Dr. Spinners Sewers & Kniters for the Work of 15 Women per week 90
Cr. By Matilda spining 5 lb. Tow Yarn  5
 "  Delia Spinning 5 lb. do
 "  Annie Spinning 4 lb. do
 "  Delphia 3 lb. do
 "  Judith 3½ lb. Stocking Yarn
 "  Kitty 1 lb. Sewing Thread
 5
 
 5
 5
 5
 5
 "  Betsey Davis Sewing 8 Shirts, And Alsey 8 Shirts 5 each 10
 "  Lame Alley Knitting one pair Stockings  5
 "  Lucey knitting one pair do  5
 "  Sall winding of Yarn  5
 "  Dolsey & Caroline Working in the House 5 days each 10
 "  Charlotte in Child bed  5
   Sick Doll  5
   Keeping of the Holydays 15
90
   Lame Peter Knitting 1 pair Stockings 5 days
A General view of the whole Stock on Mount Vernon

Stud,
Stud
Jacks,

Horses,

Asses,

Mules

Total
Mansion  1  6  7 10 25  49
River Farm 12 12  24
Mudyhole  7  4  11
Doguerun  5 10  15
Union Farm 15  6  21
James Anderson  2   2
Mill & Distillrey  1   1
 1  6 49 10 57 123
Cattle, Calves, Total Sheep Lambs Total
Mansion  16  3  19  12   4  16 
River Farm  83 14  97  195  82  277 
Mudyhole  33  3  36  49  19  68 
Doguerun  67  7  74  134  41  175 
Union Farm  65  2  67  111  33  144 
James Anderson  15  9  24 
Mill & Distillry   2  1   3 
281 39 320  501  179  680 

AD, in James Anderson’s hand, NjMoHP.

See the editorial note and notes 2 and 3 in Farm Reports, 2–8 April.

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