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title:“Diary entry by George Washington”
authors:George Washington
date written:1787-8-31

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Washington, George. "Diary entry by George Washington." Supplement to Max Farrand's The Records of the Federal Convention of 1787. Ed. James H. Hutson. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1987. 253-54. Print.

Diary entry by George Washington (August 31, 1787)

Friday 31st. In Convention. Dined at Mr. Morris's and with a Party went to Lansdale & drank Tea with Mr. & Mrs. Penn. SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 1787 GEORGE WASHINGTON: DIARY Saturday 1st. Dined at Mr. Morris after coming out of Convention and drank Tea there. ELBRIDGE GERRY TO ANN GERRY Saturday I Sep. I am distressed my dearest Girl exceedingly, at the information in yours of the 29th and the notice of your indisposition, and shall prepare myself to leave this city on the arrival of the next post unless you are better: indeed I would not remain here two hours was I not under a necessity of staying to prevent my colleagues from saying that I broke up the representation, and that they were averse to an arbitrary System of Government, for such it is at present, and such they must give their voice to unless it meets with considerable alterations. I think it probable that the Convention will rise in ten days, but in case of my absence my dearest Life I think it will be proper and indeed necessary for you to take Rhubarb two or three evenings successively, and drink gruel morning and evening with cold camomile tea when thirsty, to remove that Sickness & pain in your Stomach. Likewise have a chicken boiled every day and drink the broth without fat on it or much thickenning, taking care that it is not weak and that it is seasoned with such herbs as you like. I am glad you have quitted tea, but milk is not good for the Bile, which afflicts you at present. I am very happy to hear our little darling is so thriving and wish most ardently to have the same good tidings respecting yourself. It has been very warm here, but I have not Suffered much. As to Kellus I am done thinking of him: I have had two others offering their Service Since he went away, but Servants in general are a pack of such idle fellows, that without the best recommendations I am not disposed to take any of them. I sent you two letters for Miss Stanford and you mention the receipt of only one. The silk is not a good bargain by any means. I will desire Miss Daily to look out for some here and will shop myself. What quantity is sufficient for a suit. Sunday Yesterday I dined with General Pinckney and Mrs. Pinckney made particular inquiry for you and the baby. There was considerable company, 254

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