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To George Washington from William Pearce, 12 February 1797

12-18 February 1797

A Meteorological account of the Weather Kept at Mount Vernon

Feby 1797

12 In the Morning 47 NW clear 49 W clear 50 S clear
13 46 E cloudy 48 E raining 48 NE raining
14 45 N. raining 46 N. rainy 45 W cloudy
15 45 SW clear 47 W clear 45 W clear
16 36 NW clear 42 W clear & Blowing 40 W clear
17 40 S.& cloudy some showers 42 S cloudy 40 S cloudy & raining
18 41 E Rain 42 NE Rain 40 NW clear

  Feby 18 1797

Dr. Mansion house for the Work of 8 hands Amt. per Week 48 days
Cr. By Hauling Hay 2 days & Timber 2, flatt Rails 2 days 6
" 3 Horse Cart hauling Hay & Straw 3, & Manure to Garden 2 } 5
" do Hauling Meal from the Mill &c 1
" 2 Horse Cart hauling Wood to Mansion &c 1
" do Wood & leaves &c to Coal Kill 2
" Joe Pruning of Trees 6
" Grubing & burning Brush 9 & cuting Wood 6 15
" Cuting coal Wood & Attending at Kill 6
Sick Lucy 3
48

Dr. Ditchers for the Work of 4 hands Amount. per Week 24 days
Cr. By working on the Old Mill Race 8
" cuting coal wood 4 & Morticing Posts 6 10
" planting a Hedge at the Mill 6
24

Stock 1 Stud horse 3 Stud Jacks, 3 Young do, 7 Horses, & 10 Jeanets, 9 Working, & 16 Mules unbroke 15 Cows & 8 [   ].


Dr. Mudy Hole for the Work of 14 hands Amt. per Week 84 days
Cr. By Hauling Corn & wheat to Mill 1 Carting Rails 4 days 5
" Ploughing 19
" making & repairing fences 34
" cuting & Mauling Rails 5 days Grubing at M. House 2 days 7
" Shelling Corn in Wett Weather 13
" Sick Nancy 6
84

Stock 7 Horses 4 Mules 37 H. Cattle 2 Calves 49 Sheep & 10 Lambs [   ] 2 Lambs.

  Corn Sent to Mill 9 Bu.   Wheat Sent to Mill 8
do fed to Stock 3 do in [   ] 15 1/4
12 Oats fed to Stock 4 Bu.

Dr. River Farm for the Work of 27 hands Amt. per Week 162 days
Cr. By ploughing 28 days & fencing 15 days 43
" hauling Wheat & Corn to Mill 4
" Loading Carts & hauling Straw 8
" Hauling Wood 2 days & Manure 2 days 4
" Repairing old Post & Rail fencing 25
" Spreading Manure 8
" Grubing 26, And Attending to Stock 12 days 38
" Stoped by Rain 25
Sick John 1 day & Agnes in Child bed 6 days 7
162

Stock 11 Horses 1 Colt & 21 Mules 84 H. Cattle 6 Calves 203 Sheep & 67 Lambs Increased 1 Calf & 13 Lambs

Wheat Sent to Mill 65 Bushels Corn to Mill 25 1/2 Bu.
do fed to Stock 27 do
52 1/2

Dr. Union Farm for the Work of 23 hands Amounting per Week 138
Cr. By Ploughing 18, & planting Hedges 8 days 26
" Grubing in the Mill Swamp 40
" cuting & Mauling Rails 15
" making fences 20 & cuting in Mill Swamp 12 days 32
" Hauling Manure, & Rails 12
" Hauling Wheat & Wood to the Mill, & Distillery 2
" Making Post & Rails fences 4 Hauling Stalks into Cow Yard 3 7
" cleaning of Wheat 4
138

Stock 16 Horses 6 Mules 68 Horned Cattle 13 Year Olds & Calves 118 Sheep Decreased 1 Sheep died.

  Corn sent to Mill 20 Bush.   Wheat Sent to Mill 56
do fed to Stock 5 do Failings sent to [   ] 35

Dr. Dogue run for the Work of 16 Hands Amt. pr Week 96 days
Cr. By cuting & Sawing Timber for flatt rails 10
" making Posts & Mauling Rails 12, puting up Post & Rails 17 29
" Grubing & burning Brush 30
" Carting Rails 5 And Wood 1 day 6
Sick Sall twine 6, Charity 6, Agnes 3 Judith 3 & Simons 3 days 21
96

Stock 4 Horses 1 Colt & 8 Mules 69 H. Cattle 1 Calf And 138 Sheep and 1 Lamb Increased 1 Lamb

  Corn Sent to Mill 12 Bushels
do fed to Stock 5 do

Dr. Mill Wheat Corn Contra Cr. C. meal Flour Fine Mid. H. Bran
To Mudy Hole 8 9 2 By Mudy hole 8 2
 do in Sailings 15 1/4
" Dogue run 0 12 " Dogue run 12
" Union 56 20 " Union Farm 15 2
" River Farm 65 25 2 " River Farm 13 2 8 2
" Union Farm Sailings 35 " Mansion house 19 2 1 2 14
The Weight of the Wheats " John Violet 1
Union Farm 58 & River " Jas Anderson 1 5
 Farm 59 lb. per Bu. & his [   ] 3
" John Neale 1 2
" William Stewart 1
" Mansion house of [   ] 1 Bu.
Delivered the Mills of Bus. Sheep Stuff 200
Cooper Miller & boys 1 1
Wheat 129 50 1/4 67 4 75 2 1 200 1 2 27 2

Packed this Week 37 Barls Super fine flour fine 3 Mid.

Super fine in Mill 80 Barls fine 9 & Midlings 1


Dr. Coopers for 1 Man & one boy Amt per Week 12 days
Cr. By dressing Barrel Staves 6 cuting hoop poles 4 10
" doing some Jobs in the Distillery 2
12
Miller Ben Working in the Mill 6 days
Dr. Carpenters for the Work of 7 Men Amt. per Week 42
Cr. By Working at the Distillery 16
" Working at Dogue run Barn floor 11
" fixing the Bolting Gears in the Mill 1
" Hauling Timbers for the Barn at Dogue run 1
" Davy Burying his Child 1
" Isaac & Joe in the Shop Making a 3 horse Cart for Mansion house one plough for Mudy hole, & a Childs Coffin, & hewing of Timber for the use of the Shop 12
42
Dr. Brick layers for the Work of 2 Men Amt. per Week 12 days
Cr. By Tom Davis & Muelles at Town with the Boat 2
" Tom Davis Mending Seines 5
" diging brick Clay 2 at Distillery 1 3
" repairing Allisons fire place 1
" working in Shop When it rained 1
12

Dr. Spiners, Sewers, & Knitters for the Work of 15 Women per Week 90
Cr. By Matilda Spining 6 lb. Sow Yarn 6
" Delia 5 lb. do 6
" Betsey Davis 5 lb. do 6
" Alsey 5 lb. do 6
" Annie 5 lb. do 6
" Delphia 2 1/2 lb. do 6
" Judith 4 lb. Stocking Yarn 6
" Kattey 2 lb. Sewing thread 6
" Charlotte Sewing 6 Shirts 4
" Dolsey Sewing 6 do being Sickly 6
" Lucy Knitting 1 pr Stockings 6
" Lame Alley 1 pr do 6
" Sall Winding Yarn 6
Sick Caroline 6 Doll 6 And Charlotte 14
Lame Peter Knitting 2 pairs Stockings 6 Days 90
Dr. Gardeners for the Work of 3 Men Amt. per Week 18
Cr. By Working in the Garden 18
Hercules & Siras diging Brick Clay 10
Stoped by Rain 2
12

[   ] Airing cleaning the House And Assisting by times


Stud H. Stud J. Horses Mules Jeanits Total Cattle Calves Total Sheep Lambs Tot.
Mansion 1 6 7 25 10 49 15 15 8 8
Mudy hole 7 4 11 37 2 39 49 10 59
River Farm 12 11 23 84 6 90 203 67 270
Union Farm 16 6 22 81 2 83 118 118
Dogue run 5 8 13 69 1 70 138 1 139
1 6 47 54 10 118 286 11 297 516 78 594
Jas Anderson 3 1 4

There are 3 Negroe Children Born, & one dead at River Farm 1 born at Mansion house, Sina 1 And at Union Farm 1 born & one dead. It was killed by Worms. Medical Assistance was called. But the Mothers are very unnatended to their Young. A Nurse & some place set a part for the [   ] be that on When You Ex. returns.

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