Journal of My Journey Over the Mountains (Google eBook)
This journal of George Washington was begun when he was one month over 16 years of age. It is his own daily record of observations during his first renumerated employment.
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This is the journal of a 16 year old surveyor. Much of it is the actual terminology used by an Eighteenth century surveyor describing the boundaries of property. That being said, the author mentions the names of every parcel owner as well as persons he dwells with dines with or meets along his way. Joseph Merideth Tomer does the commentary, giving context as well as cultural insights to make a more enjoyable reading experience. Young George wrote drafts of his letters he wrote, even to his teenaged peers. These drafts he kept, thankfully, as if he could know that they would, some hundreds of years after his parting, serve as insight into the developing mind of the father of our nation. There are puns and some poetry to break up the tedium of distances and angles. There are a wealth of details of life in the wilderness of present day Winchester, VA and the northern neck of West VA in 1747. I would recommend this book for research of the history of the early settlement of the Fairfax family's land grants and or the study of George Washington. These were the experiences that made him useful to the British military during the French and Indian war, which allowed him to lead the nation in the Revolution. He was then the natural choice to be our first president. Worthwhile reading for anyone interested io this mans life.