Journal of My Journey Over the Mountains

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Munsell's sons, 1892 - Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.) - 144 pages
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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. 

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Page 70 - I'll sleep amongst my most inveterate Foes And with gladness never wish to wake, In deluding sleepings let my Eyelids close That in an enraptured Dream I may In a soft lulling sleep and gentle repose Possess those joys denied by Day.
Page 33 - Rain'd till about two oClock & Clear'd when we were agreeably surpris'd at y. sight of thirty odd Indians coming from War with only one Scalp.
Page 63 - Since you received my letter of October last, I have not slept above three or four nights in a bed, but, after walking a good deal all the day, I have lain down before the fire upon a little hay, straw, fodder, or a bearskin, whichever was to be had, with man, wife, and children, like dogs and cats ; and happy is he, who gets the berth nearest the fire.
Page 61 - George Fairfax's wife's sister); but as that's only adding fuel to fire it makes me the more uneasy, for by often and unavoidably being in company with her, revives my former passion for your Lowland Beauty; whereas was I to live more retired from young women I might in some measure alleviate...
Page 59 - ... forgetfulness, for as I am very well assured, that's the only antidote or remedy that I ever shall be relieved by or only recess that can administer any cure or help to me, as I am well convinced, was I ever to attempt anything, I should only get a denial which would be only adding grief to uneasiness.
Page 63 - A doubloon is my constant gain every day, that the weather will permit of my going out, and sometimes six pistoles. The coldness of the weather will not allow of my making a long stay, as the lodging is rather too cold for the time of year. I have never had my clothes off, but have lain and slept in them, except the few nights I have been in Frederictown.
Page 76 - GEORGE WASHINGTON, Gent., produced a commission from the President and Master of William and Mary College, appointing him to be surveyor of this county, which was read, and thereupon he took the usual oaths to his Majesty's person and government, and took and subscribed the abjuration oath and test, and then took the oath of a surveyor, according to law.
Page 59 - Beauty whereas was I to live more retired from young Women I might in some measure eliviate my sorrows by burying that chast and troublesome Passion in the grave of oblivion or etarnall forgetfulness...
Page 59 - But as that's only adding fuel to fire, it makes me the more uneasy, for by often, and unavoidably, being in company with her revives my former passion for your Lowland beauty; whereas, was I to live more retired from young women, I might in some measure eliviate my sorrows, by burying that chaste and troublesome passion in the grave of oblivion...
Page 33 - Streched over it as tight as it can and a goard with some Shott in it to Rattle and a Piece of an horses Tail tied to it to make it look fine y. one keeps Rattling and y. other Drumming all y. while y. others is Dauncing Fryday i$th Nothing Remarkable on thursday but only being with y.

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