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Farm Reports, 23–29 April 1797

Farm Reports

[23–29 April 1797]

A Meteorological Account of the Weather kept at Mount Vernon
1797 April
23d Morning 57 Thunder & Rain 59 W. Rain 57 W. cloudy
24 57 N.E. cloudy & rain 58 N.E. cloudy & showers 56 S. cloudy
25 57 S. & Rain 60 W. & clear 58 S. clear
26 60 W. clear 62 W. clear 60 W. clear
27 62 S.E. clear 64 E. clear 62 E. clear
28 66 S. clear 68 S. clear 67 S. clear
29 65 S. clear 68 S. clear 66 S. clear
Dr. Mansionhouse for the Work of 8 hands Amot. per Week 48
Cr. Waggon hauling Hay to Town 1 & do to Mansionhouse 2 days  3
 "   Timber for Carpenters 1 & Rails 2 days  3
3 Horse Cart—Hauling Wood to Mansion 4 & Manure to C. lott 2  6
2 Horse Cart, hauling Manure to Clover Lott  4
At Mill 1 day & Hauling Salt to Fish house 1 day  2
Picking up Stones, 10 & Scattering Manure on Clover Lott 4 14
Joe curing of Fish  6
Hauling of the Seine 6 & cuting of Wood, Gunner 4 10
48
Dr. Ditchers for the work of 4 Men Amot. per Week to 24 days
Cr. By cuting Wood Dundey 4 & picking up Stones 2 days  6
 "  Hauling of the Seine 18
24

Stock 1 Stud horse 3 do Jacks 3 do Young Jacks 10 Asses, 7 Horses 9 Working & 9 unbroken Mules, 15 Cows & 4 Calves 10 Sheep & 4 Lambs Decreased 7 Mules sent to Union Farm 1 Sheep killed for the House And one Ewe Killed by a Young Mule—Increase 1 Calf from one of the Cows.

Dr. Union Farm for the Work of 22 hands Amot. per Week 132
Cr. By ploughing for Corn 48 & cleaning Ditches 20 days  68
 "  Planting of Corn 40 & Hauling of the Seine 12 days  52
 "  Hauling Manure 4, & hauling Slope from Distillery 2 days   6
 "  Lucretia curing of Fish at the Fish house   6
132

Stock 15 Horses 13 Mules 61 Cattle, Decrease 4 Cows & 4 Calves sent to Jas Andersons House—111 Sheep & 35 Lambs increase 2 Lambs And increased 2 Calves And 7 Mules from Mansion house.

Corn sent to Mill 20 Bushels
do fed to Horses  7½ do
Planted this Week  8
35½
Sent of do to Mansion 30
Dr. River Farm for the Work of 27 hands per Week 162 days
Cr. By ploughing 50 & planting Corn, & covering do 58 days 108
 "  Hauling Corn to Mill 1 & Rails & posts 5 days   6
 "  Making of Post & Rail fences 24 Peter in the Garden 6 days  30
 "  Fishing 12 And Attending to Stock 6 days  18
162

Stock 11 Horses & 11 Mules 83 Cattle & 15 Calves 195 Sheep & 82 Lambs, And 2 Mule Colts Decreased 1 large black Mare one of the brood Mares died—Said to have done no duty for 16 Mos. past And Increased 1 Mule Colt.

Corn sent to Mill 25½ Bush.
do fed to Stock 15   do
40½ Bushels
Dr. Mudy hole for the work of 13 hands per Week 78 days
Cr. By Hauling Corn to Mill 1 & Rails 2 days  3
 "  Ploughing 24, Planting & Covering Corn 30 days 54
 "  Fishing 6 days & Sackey Shelling Corn 3 days  9
   Sick Sackey 3 Amie in Childbed 6 Darcus in do 4 & Letty 2 days 12
78

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

Corn sent to Mill  8½ Bu.
do fed to Stock  4   do
do planted this week  4   do
16½
Dr. Doguerun for the work of 16 hands per Week 96 days
Cr. By Ploughing 22 days, Planting & Covering Corn 16 days 38
 "  Hoeing round the Stumps in Corn field 16
 "  Hauling Wood to Distillery 1 Hay to Stables 1 & Manure 4 days  6
 "  Cuting a drain thro Corn field  6
 "  Joe Hauling Seine 6, long Jack curing Fish 2 days  8
 "  Planting pease 6 & cleaning Meadow 6 days 12
   Sick Ben 3 Kitty 3 days & Sillar Nursing Her Sick Children 4 day 10
96

Stock 4 Horses, 9 Mules & 1 Mule Colt 67 Cattle & 7 Calves, 134 Sheep & 41 Lambs.

Corn sent to Mill 12   Bushels
do fed to Stock  7½ Bushels
19½ Bushels
planted this week
all the Corn planted on this Farm.

Dr.

Mill

Wheat
I[ndian]
Corn
Mudyhole  8.2
Doguerun 12. 
Union Farm 20. 
River Farm 25.2
Toll this week 1  5. 
1 70½

Contra

I. Meal

Flour

H[ominy]
Br[an]
Sh[orts]
By Mudyhole  8.2
Doguerun 12.  
Union Farm 15.2
River Farm 13.2
Mansion house 19.2 15 Sup[er] 10.
Fishery  7. 
John Neale  1.2
Jas Anderson & Serts  1.3
fed to Sows & pigs  2. 
Cooper Miller & Boys  1.2
82.3 15. 10.

The reason why so small a quantity of flour is charged to the House is that one Barrel returned laked 15 lb. flour.

Flour on hand formerly packed this Week Superfine 216 fine 68 Midlings 1
  4 25
220 93 1
Ship Stuff to the Still 581½ lb.
Dr. Cooper Tom & Boy for the Work of 2 Men Amot. per Week 12
Cr. By cuting Hoop poles & coopering Tubs & Barrels at the Fish house & heading do 12
Dr. Miller Ben for the Work of one Man per Week  6 days
Cr. By Working in the Mill  5
 Sick  1
 6
Dr. Gardiners for the Work of 4 Men Amot. per Week to 24 days
Cr. By cleaning, & planting in the Garden, & Vineyard 19
 "  Working at Sundries in, and about the House  5
24
Dr. Spinners Sewers & Knitters for the work of 14 Women 84
Cr.
By Delia Spinning 6 lb. Tow Yarn
 "  Betsey Davis 5 lb. Flax Yarn
 "  Annie 5 lb. do
 "  Dolsey 5 lb. do
 "  Delphia 2½ lb. do
 "  Judith 4 lb. Stocking Yarn
 "  Kitty 4 lb. Shoemakers thread
 "  Lame Alley, knitting  2 pairs of Stockings
 "  Lucey knitting  1 pair of Do
 6
 6
 6
 6
 6
 6
 6
 6
 6
 "  Sall Winding Yarn  6
 "  Caroline working in the House  6
 "  Alsey working in the House  6
   Sick Matilda 6 & Charlotte in Child bed 6 days 12
84
Lame Peter knitting 2 pairs stockings 6 days
Dr. Bricklayers for the work of 2 men per week 12 days
Cr. By Tom Davis & Muckles Hauling the Seine 12
Dr. Carpenters for the Work of 6 Men Amot. per Week 36
Cr. By Hewing of Timber for the Wheat Machine 16
 "  Making 2 Posts & hanging a Gate thereto at Mudyhole  3
 "  Taking to pieces Packing Boxes & taking out the Nails  3
 
 "  Unloading a Schooner of Oyster Shells  3
 "  Isacc, preparing Ploughing ⟨Sheft⟩ and assisting in making of a Cupboard to hold China & taking to p[i]eces Boxes  6
 "  Davie at the Coopers Shop  5
36

John Neale attending & assisting in the above things—29 April 1796

John Neale says 6 Mos. of the time He ingaged for is Run.

A View of the Whole Stock on the Estate of Mount Vernon
Stud H. S. Jacks Horses Asses Mules Colts Total
Mansion 1 6  7 10 18 42
Union 15 13 28
River 11 11  2 24
Mudyhole  7  4 11
Doguerun  4  9  1 14
J. Anderson  2  2
Distillery & Mill  1  1
1 6 47 10 55  3 122
Cattle Calves Total Sheep Lambs Total
Mansion 15  4 19  10  4  14
Union 61 61 111 35 146
River 83 15 98 195 82 277
Mudyhole 33  3 36 149 19  68
Dogue run 67  7 74 134 41 175
J. Anderson 19 13 32
Distillery & Mill  2  1  3
280 43 323 499 181 680

The Calf which is now Stated to Mill & Distillery being Weaned, & at Union Farm shall be Stated to that ⟨a/c⟩ Calves.

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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