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John Augustine Washington Farm Book, 1814-1846

 Item — Box: 106, Shelf: Closed Stacks
Identifier: MS-5181

Scope and Contents

This manuscript is made up of several sections. Approximately the first 100 pages include inventories of the Mount Vernon estate's contents (silver, dishes, beds, linens, and so on). That set of inventories was begun during Bushrod Washington's tenure as owner of Mount Vernon. Much of the text appears to be in his handwriting. The middle 200 pages are made up of the manuscript contain the daily diary of John A. Washington III for the years 1842-1845, while he owned Mount Vernon. The final 50 or so pages contain John A. Washington's record of work done by various individuals on the Mount Vernon property for several months at the end of 1842 to the beginning of 1843; a variety of other miscellaneous records and accounts are included in these final pages, all of which appear "upside down" in relation to the inventories and diary because they were written with the blank book flipped over so that the original back cover became the front cover. The inventories include two lists of slaves: one is dated 20 July 1815 (during the Bushrod Washington years); and the other with birthdates to April 1845 (during the John A. Washington III years).


  • 1814-1846


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research during scheduled appointments. Researchers must complete the Washington Library’s Special Collections and Archives Registration Form before access is provided. The library reserves the right to restrict access to certain items for preservation purposes.


1 Volumes : leather bound volume. On front cover: house linen, plate, china, etc. Also greenhouse plants 1832. On back cover: Mount Vernon Farm Book John A. Washington 1842. ; 15 x 25 cm

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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections at The George Washington Presidential Library at Mount Vernon Repository

PO Box 3600
Mount Vernon VA 22121