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60 George Washington 1732-1799
Diaries
Manuscript, 2 volumes, 1795, 1798
In these two printed almanacs, The American Repository of Useful Knowledge, 1795, and Brigg's Virginia & Maryland Almanac..., 1798, George Washington recorded weather conditions, agricultural activities, and social events at Mount Vernon. The entries for 1795 do not appear to represent actual day to day accounts, but from internal evidence it is apparent that the data had been compiled from notes he had originally made on a daily basis; the entries for 1798, however, show a methodical recording each day of the weather followed by the principal news. Originally given to Margaret and Robert Adams of Philadelphia in 1827 by Washington's nephew and literary executor, Bushrod Washington, they were treasured by successive descendants of the Adams family. At the time they were donated in 1951 by Charles Moran, Jr., whose mother was an Adams, these George Washington diaries were the only two known to have remained in private hands.
Gift of Charles Moran, Jr.

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