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An excerpt from the diary of George Washington (January 28–31, 1760)

SUMMARY

In these excerpts from his diary, dated January 28, 30, and 31, George Washington describes the illness and recovery of one of his slaves, known as Cupid.

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[January 1760]

Monday Jany. 28th. The River close again & the ground very Knobby & hard. The wind got So. about [ ] and blew fresh which allmost cleard the River of Ice.

Visited my Plantation. Severely reprimanded young Stephens for his Indolence, & his father for suffering of it.

Found the new Negroe Cupid ill of a pleurisy at Dogue Run Quarter & had him brot. home in a Cart for better care of him.

Tuesday Jany. 29th. White Frost, and Wind at So. till 3 oclock then No. Wt. but not very cold—clear all day.

Darcus—daughter to Phillis died, which makes 4 Negroes lost this Winter viz. 3 Dower Negroes namely—

Beck—appraisd to £50–

Dolls Child born since—

Darcus appd. at

and Belinda a Wench of mine in Frederick.

Wednesday Jany. 30th. Very Cloudy. Wind at So. till 9 Oclock at Night when it instentaniously shifted to No. West & blew a mere hurricane.

Cupid was extreame Ill all this day and at Night when I went to Bed I thought him within a few hours of breathing his last.

Thursday Jany. 31st. He was somewhat better; The wind continued at No. West all day—very cold & clear.

FURTHER READING

Newspaper Advertisement for Runaway Slaves, George Washington (August 20, 1761) Letter from James Hill to George Washington (August 30, 1772) Letter from James Hill to George Washington (December 13, 1772) Enclosure: Poem by Phillis Wheatley (October 26, 1775) Letter from George Washington to John Hancock (December 31, 1775) Letter from Alexander Hamilton to John Jay (March 14, 1779) Journals of the Continental Congress (March 29, 1779) Letter from George Washington to John Laurens (July 10, 1782) An Act to Authorize the Manumission of Slaves (1782) Query XIV; an excerpt from Notes on the State of Virginia by Thomas Jefferson (1784) Letter from George Washington to Anthony Whitting (December 23, 1792) Letter from Anthony Whitting to George Washington (January 16, 1793) Letter from George Washington to Anthony Whitting, (January 20, 1793) Letter from George Washington to Anthony Whitting (May 19, 1793) Circular to William Sturat, Hiland Crow, and Henry McCoy (July 14, 1793) Letter from George Washington to William Pearce (December 18, 1793) Letter from George Washington to William Pearce (December 23, 1793) An Act respecting fugitives from justice, and persons escaping from the service of their masters (1793) Letter from George Washington to William Pearce (January 26, 1794) Letter from George Washington to William Pearce (March 30, 1794) Enclosure: Washington’s Plans for His River, Union, and Muddy Hole Farms (December 10, 1799) George Washington’s Last Will and Testament (July 9, 1799)

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APA Citation:
Washington, George. An excerpt from the diary of George Washington (January 28–31, 1760). (2020, December 07). In Encyclopedia Virginia. https://encyclopediavirginia.org/entries/an-excerpt-from-the-diary-of-george-washington-january-28-31-1760.
MLA Citation:
Washington, George. "An excerpt from the diary of George Washington (January 28–31, 1760)" Encyclopedia Virginia. Virginia Humanities, (07 Dec. 2020). Web. 21 Sep. 2021
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