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To George Washington from William Pearce, 1 January 1797 to 7 January 1797

1-7 January 1797

A Meteorological Account of the Weather kept at Mount Vernon

Jany 1797

1st In the Morning 30 N.W. Clear 38 N.W. Clear 32 NW Clear
2d 32 N. Cloudy 36 N Clear 32 N Cloudy
3 30 NE Snow 35 No.E Snow 31 NE Clear
4 26 NW clear 30 NW clear 26 NW Clear
5 28 N.W clear 30.. NW clear 28 NW clear
6 26 SW clear 24 SW clear 26 SW Cloudy
7 26 NW cloudy 24 NW cloudy 22 NW clear

 January 7" 1797

days
Dr. Mansion House for the Work of 12 hands per Week Amounting to 72
Hauling Hay to the Mansion house by one Waggon 3
Hauling Corn from River Farm–by one Waggon 2
Hauling Hay to Alexandria—by do 1
one Cart hauling to Mill 2 days 1 do Hauling Straw to Cows 2 4
one do Hauling of Wood 2
one Tumbler Cart hauling Ice 2
one do Hauling wood 4
Cuting, & Raming of Ice 10
Cuting of Wood 12
Burning Brush in the new Ground 8
Ditchers cuting of Ice 8
Cuting of Wood 10
Cuting of Ice out of Mill race 6
72

Corn sent to Mill 34 1/2 Bushels

 Meal to John Neale 1 Bu. Corn to do 1/2


Stock 1 Stud 4 Horses 2 Mares, 1 Colt 6 Jacks. 10 Jeanneys 24
9 Working Mules 17 do not broke, 17 Cows, (John Neale Milks two of these cows) 43
67

Dr. Mudy Hole for the Work of 14 Hands Amt. per Week 84
Carting Ice at Mansion 2 ds Carting Ivy at do, 2 ds 4
Hauling [est.] one Cart to Mill 1, Hauling Manure 1 do 2
filling the Ice House at Mansion 5
cuting on the new Road 10
clearing on new Road, & burning Brush 15
Mauling Rails. 5 days & Grubing on new Road 35 days 40
Sick Will 6 days Elsey 2. 8
84

Stock Horses 7 Mules 4, Cows Steers & other Cattle 31 Year Olds 5 And 49 Sheep Decrease by Death 2

 Sent to Mill 8 1/2 Bushels Corn

 fed to Stock 5 Bush. Do.


Dr. Union Farm for the Work of 23 hands per Week 138 days
By Grubing Corn field 15
" Cuting down Corn Stalks 15
" Cleaning Wheat 14
" Cuting. & Mauling Rails 18
" Cleaning of Flax 12 days And Cuting Wood 6 days 18
" giting Posts & Rails 4 days, And thrashing Wheat 9 days 13
" [   ] & Fanny working at Mill Race 6
" Rachel on new Road 6 days, one Cart at Mansion hauling Ice 6 ds 12
" Hauling Rails & Wood 6 days, Paul going to Mill 2 days 8
Sickness Tom 6 days—Cesar absent 6 days 12
Sick—Flavia 6 days Melia.1 day 7
138

Stock Horses 14 Mules 6 Cows, Steers & [othr] Cattle 67 Year Olds 15 Calves 3 Sheep 125 Increase 3 Calves Decrease 1 Sheep

Sent to Mill——20 Bushels Corn

fed to Stock 12 1/2 do


Dr. River Farm for the Work of 27 Hands Amounting per Week to 162 days
Hauling Beef to Mansion house 1
Hauling Corn to Mill 2 days & Hauling Wood 2 ds 4
Hauling Rails 7 days Hauling Turnips to Town 1 day 8
Building Shelter for two Colts 2
Cuting & Mauling Rails.& Mortoising Posts 34
Cleaning of flax 12 days Carrying Oats to Barn & thrashing do 10 days 22
Cuting. & puting up Corn Stalks & Hauling do 60
Richmond giting his Shoes mended 1 day Attendance on Stock 12 days 13
Sick Bridgey 6 days, Rose 6 Bett 6 18
162

Sent to Mill 13 Bushels Corn

to Mansion 60 Bushels do

fed to Stock 17 1/2 Bush. Do

Sent per Mr Pearce Order to Doctor Craig Turnips 8 Bush.


Stock 10 Horses, 1 Colt & 11 Mules 74 Cows, Steers Cows & other Cattle 10 Year Olds—Sheep 208. Killed one Cow. Sent. 32[   ] of do to Mansion 251 lb. And kept one [   ] for Stewart the Overseer 83 lb. Sent to mansion house 2 Hides.


Dr. Dogue Run Farm for the Work of 16 Hands Amounting per Week to 96 days
Cuting & Mauling Rails 16 days, Hauling Corn Stalks to Farm Yard 3 days 19
Hauling Rails & wood 7 days, Joe working at Mansion house 6 days 13
Working at Mill Race 6 days, Breaking Flax 12 days 18
Cuting. & puting up Corn Stalks 23
Sick long Jack 4 days, Judith 6. Carter Jack 3, Agnes 6 19
 Dick 4
96

Stock Horses 5 Mules 8, Cattle 66 and 1 Calf, Sheep 143 and one Colt 1

Sent to Mill of Corn 13 Bushels fed to Stock 5 Bushels do


Dr. Carpenters & Brick layers Departments for the Work of 10 men Amtg per Week 60 days
By lathing, dressing, & puting on Shingles 20
" Isaac, & Joe making & Mending Carts 10
Carpenters
" Sawing Laths 4 days giting Timber for Carts & Ploughs 8 12
" Planeing Plank for Shades. & Planking one 5
" Repairing of Ice house 1
Brick layers 48
" Tom Davis at Ice house in filling it 1
" dressing of Shingles 3
" giting the above Timber 2
" Herculees Attending to the above with Tom 6 12
60

Dr. Coopers for one Man & one Boy 6 And Miller Ben 6 Days 12 days
Mill Grist   By Cooper Tom Forrester & Jacob 3/4 Bu.
By Stoping Leaks in the Mill Dam & Cuting Ice 1
" Hooping Tubs, And pails for Mansion house 1
" Making flour Barrels 4
" Working with the Mansion house hands 6
12 days

Stud Horses Mares Colt[s] Total Jacks Jenneys Mules Total & otr Cattle Cows [C] [1]Year old Calves Total Sheep
Mansion 1 4 2 1 8 6 10 26 42 17 17
Mudy hole 7 7 4 4 31 5 36 49
Union Farm 14 14 6 6 67 15 3 85 125
River Farm 10 1 11 11 11 74 10 84 208
Dogue Run 5 1 6 8 8 52 14 1 67 143
46 71 289 525
James Anderson 2 James Anderson 3
 Stud Horses Mares & Colts — 48 Jacks Jeanneys & Mules 71  Horned Cattle 292 Sheep 525

I observe these reports, & my Inventory will not fully agree, which I [will] Advise in my next. The above are stated as rendered by the Overseers, the difference may arise by Cattle being sent from the Mansion to come of the Farms And Ommited to increase them in the Report.

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