June 1868

of the George William Washington Diary

1st, 60°, Monday: Clear & calm, all hands at the corn. Bro. Butt returned in search of his horse that got away from him at Hinkles. George complaining; Bet rode to Romney, will visit there tomorrow and the day after go to New Creek to see her sister.

2nd, 64°, Tuesday: Cloudy & sprinkling rain, still at the corn. Ellen goes to spend the day in Romney. Bro. Fitzpatrick & family came out in the stage to pay us a visit. Mrs. Isaac Parsons rode down and sat a few minutes. Was sorry the girls were absent.

3rd, 62°, Wednesday: Still cloudy, all hands at the corn. Sent George to the mill. He took up 24 bushels of wheat brought back 3 barrels of flour. Told him to call & get Charley Bolls & Bill Washington to come tomorrow and help shear sheep. Dan Parsons had them both hired but he said he would send them down.

4th, 60°, Thursday: Rained lightly during the night. Send for Young to help shear sheep. He came, also Charley & Bill, ran four shears; think the sheep will turn out well. Didn't get through 44 to shear, which we will try and finish with our own force. Dan 1/2 pound tobacco 75 Cents.

5th, 68°, Friday: Heavy fog. For fear of rain, put the sheep up last night. Commenced early shearing. Young helped us. The small fry in the corn. George quite unwell. Nothing of interest occurred.

6th, 70°, Saturday: Another fog. The small fry in the corn. Dan preparing ground for potatoes, and planting them. Miss Ellen & Sallie go to Romney to the decoration of the soldiers' graves. Brothers Fitz & Butt to their appointments.

7th, 70°, Sunday: Clear & sultry, a nice shower during the night. George rode to Romney. Miss Ellen came home with him.

8th, 62°, Monday: Heavy fog, start the hands in the corn, the second time. Archibald Young came for some corn. Let him have 6 bushels. Lent Old Jake a horse to plow his corn. Received a letter from A.I. Marker relative to my corn. I asked him $1.30 per bushel. Brother Fitz & Bet came home, the day close & sultry.

9th, 72°, Tuesday: Heavy fog. Mrs. Washington & Mrs. Fitzpatrick go to spend the day with Mrs. Blue. Start 3 plows, received a letter from L.F. Allen & a Mr. Townsend of Boyton View.

10th, 60°, Wednesday: Quite cool. Another fog though not so heavy as yesterday. Three plows running. Bro. F. & family leave in the stage for home. Fear there is going to be another fall of rain. A circle around the sun.

11th, 62°, Thursday: Rain during the night. Still drizzling and damp. Fix a cow pen at the springhouse after which I replant the bottom. Davy got two bushels of meal, Dave $16 in cash.

12th, 58°, Friday: Clear & cool, 3 plows running. Bob plowing in Dave's place, he loses the day. Gone to get married, will not be back before Monday. An old man by the name of {Prophet came for} some corn. Let him have one bushel not paid for.

13th, 60°, Saturday: Clear & cool. Dan loses the day and the plows running. Isaac Long came for the money I owe him. Pay him $500 credited on my note. I wrote by him to Mr. Kirk relative to the reaper. Wrote to Dr. Daily to come and see Miss Ellen who is quite unwell.

14th, 64°, Sunday: Close & sultry, a prospect of a warm day. The family except Mrs. Washington go to hear Brother Fitzpatrick who gave us a fine sermon. On our return found the Doctor Mr. & Mrs. Harper. They sat till evening & left.

15th, 70°, Monday: Another warm morning. Started 4 plows, finished the bottom, and start in the island. Brother Butts came home. Miss Ellen better. Nothing of special interest occurred.

16th., 62°, Tuesday: Fine evening air. All hands in the island. Let Margaret have a horse to see about Charley. Bro. Butt & Sallie go to New Creek. Brother Fitzpatrick called. Dined with us. Let Dave have 1/2 lb. tobacco, 75 cents. Mr. Brown came looked at my wool, pronounced it well-handled, and in the best of order. Complimented me in my success in sheep husbandry. Paid Mr. Brown for my shears, $7.

17th, 66°, Wednesday: Cloudy & close. Think it likely we will have some rain. Four plows running in the island. Dr. Daily called & sat a while. Fine shower. Some man stayed all night. Says he is a clock cleaner.

18th, 70°, Thursday: Had a splendid rain last night. Set all hands to thinning corn. Start Dan to the depot with the wool. Let the stranger clean one of the clocks. Brought my reaper home, paid commission $0.60. My wool didn't hold out as well as I expected. The Misses Dempsey arrived from Alexandria, left all well. Bro. Butt and Bett got home from New Creek, left all well. {Old Jake helping}, take 5 1/2 B. corn to house.

19th, 72°, Friday: Close & sultry. Start the plows 4 in the island. Finish thinning the bottom as soon as they finished plowing the island. Turned them the other way & started the hoes. {Old Jake helping}. The young folks go to spend the evening with Mrs. Harper.

20th, 70°, Saturday: Another close, hot morning. Run three plows today. {Old Jake helping}. Too many weeds for all the plows. The boys cannot keep up. Nothing of interest occurs. Clouding up and threatening. Think we will have rain. Fine rain. The ground well soaked. Doctor an order for $4 worth of goods from Gutherie's.

21st, 66°, Sunday: Rained pretty much all night. Still sprinkling, fear it will be injurious to the wheat. Family all at home. Miss Ellen worse, I fear her health is gone. Send for the doctor.

22nd, 60°, Monday: Cool & bracing, run only three plows. The island so weedy. Have to start with the hands I can raise. Fisher & Thompson came out to select irons for a wagon. Dr. Foot called to see Miss Ellen. {Old Jake helping}.

23rd, 58°, Tuesday: Another cool morning. Still at the island. Mrs. Foreman Inskeep & wife Lizzie with the doctor came to see Miss Ellen. Nothing of special interest occurred.

24th, 60°, Wednesday: Cloudy. Send Dave to Springfield with the wheels & iron for the wagon. Send Fisher 2 bushels of corn. R.W. Parker & 2 daughters spend the day with us. Finish the island & start in Old Jake's to plow it for him.

25th, 60°, Thursday: Cool & pleasant. Start 4 plows in the bottom after finishing Old Jake's. Mrs. Gilkinson & Mrs. Hiskill rode down & sat a while. Nothing of special interest occurred. Clouded up and thundered considerably several times, but no rain.

26th, 62°, Friday: Heavy fog, raining. Start 5 plows. heavy fog no advantage to the wheat. Found Parker's horse with his leg broke off short. Suppose he did it by jumping out of the Lot I had him in as I found him in the adjoining field. I sent for Dr. Daily to set the leg, & rested on the road till Parker came along & informed him of his loss. He took it quite cool, asked me to seeing him & attend to him which I promised to do. I am sorry the accident occurred as he is a fine little horse. Should he lose him it will be a considerable loss to one in his circumstances. The Doctor took Miss Ellen to town with him where she will remain for a while.

27th, 68°, Saturday: Close & sultry, light fog, all 5 plows running. I plow in George's place, till he returns having gone to Mr. Gibson's to a party, and not yet returned. Jno. Daily came by for me to accompany him to Romney to act as an arbitrator in a difficulty between F. Inskeep & himself. Mr. Gibson, I understand, being the other. I dislike to have anything to do in such cases but suppose it my duty. The case was disposed of in favor of Daily. Found to my astonishment when I got to town they were selling out the Yankee lawyer. I suppose he had made money while there. Bro. Butt got home. Jno. Inskeep came down to spend the night with George.

28th, 70°, Sunday: Another sultry morning. Some clouds. Hope we will have a shower. It is badly needed. Mrs. Washington quite unwell. I stay with her. The young folks all go to church at Springfield.

29th, 70°, Monday: Close & sultry. Shell 12 bushels of corn to go to mill. Robert takes it. Let Dan have 3 bushels. Start 4 plows. I rode to Springfield with Mr. Mytinger to look at the church, he's bidding for its repair. On my return found Robert Parker & Will Maloney here, fixing the horse's leg. Mr. Brown & Worthy Montgomery came & set till after two. Robert H. Patterson brought me a buggy plow to try. Bob Parker's father came to attend to the horse. They all stayed all night.

30th, 70°, Tuesday: Close & sultry. Tried the plow. It does well where the rows are wide enough for the wheels, not to run on the corn. I think with ground properly laid off and dropped too it will be a first-rate institution. The season is so near over I think I will not buy one this season. The young ladies & Bro. Butt go to spend the day with Miss Susan Parsons. Mr. Elefritz came for the Russle Reaper left here last summer by Richard Hoffman. I delivered it to him. In the evening a fine shower. Fear it will prevent our finishing the island tomorrow as we will have to go to cutting wheat the day after a light shower late in the evening.

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