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1812

This webpage reproduces a section of
The Journal

of
John Sevier

published in Vols. V and VI
of the Tennessee Historical Magazine,
1919‑1920

The text is in the public domain.

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1814
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John Sevier's Journal

Vol. VI
p50
January, 1813.

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Sun. 3 went to Catholic meeting. . . .

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Tues. 5 . . . Mr. Buzards stable in Geotown burnt with 28 valuable horses. . . .

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Tues. 12 Visited Messieurs Dalton & Deblois, and returned to the House — in the evening went to a party at Minister's of France.

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Mon. 18 . . . Won several days past of Dr. Blake $2 & of Hon. John Dawson $5 which is owing.

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Sun. 24 . . . Lorenzo dow preached in Georgetown.

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Sun. 31 dined at Mr. Villards at the Navy Yard in Co. with Colo Tatham. . . .

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February, 1813.

Mon. 8 Visited the Secretary of War & the Russian minister. Went to the House. Drew a check for & received $300 pd. to Mrs. Suter $30 for accommodation to be settled.

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[memoranda]

Thurs. 18 . . . Cure for the sick headache — take a tablespoonful of Magnesia, and half a teaspoonful of ginger mixed with a lump of sugar in a tumbler three parts full of water when the chill is off. Sit for a quarter of an hour in agreeable warm water with your feet, & apply a napkin wrung out of cold water to the temples or forehead, whichever is most effect.

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Sat. 20 snowed 10 inches deep. . . .

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Mon. 22 Paid into the Columbian bank $200 & took up Robert Furguersons draft on me in favor of Robert Miller at Baltimore.

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Sun. 28 . . . Went to the Capitol to hear a Quaker preach.

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March, 1813.

Fry. 5 . . . Went to Ball at the Russian Ministers (Duchhoffs) the anniversary of the ascension to the throne of the emperor of all Russias.

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p51 Wed. 10 Settled with Mrs. Sutor for my accommodations up to Monday next the 15th instant, the amount being $195. . . .

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Sat. 13 Visited the President. Cold and windy. left my accounts against the United States for raising the levees in 1791 and also the captains bonds receipts &c. and also Alexander Outlaws bonds & receipts, who was contractor &c. & other vouchers in the accountants office.

Sun. 14 fine day dined at the Navy yard at Mr. Villards in Co. with Col. W. Tathum.

Mon. 15 I left the City in co. with the Hon. John Rassa & the Russian secretary of Legation. lodged that night in Alexandria.

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May, 1813.

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Sat. 15 . . . Drove 30 miles to Georgetown and lodged at Crawfords. The Union Tavern, rained today — see Mr. M. Walker pd. stage hire to GeoTown 3 dollars & half.

Sun. 16 Mr. Rhea & self visited the City some rain.

Monday 17 we went to Mrs. Suitors late in the evening & took up lodgings — from Staunton to Georgetown, it cost me about $25. . . .

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Wed. 19 went to the Capitol & choose a seat — purchased from John Weightman mercht. black cloth for a coat and white moseils (?) for a waistcoat & trimings. borrowed cash $25.

Thurs. 20 went to Georgetown pd. my bill at Crawfords (Union Tavern) $6.75 — bought from A. Ross wine mercht 6 bottles Maderia 6 ditto Port and 2 ditto of New Maid & 6 ls. loave sugar. in the evening see Mr. M. A. Walker.

Fry. 21 visited the President & Secretary Jones of the Navy. . . . Hon. Messrs. Grundy, Bowen, and Humphreys arrived.

Sat. 22 Very warm. Went to the Capitol. Honblyº Mr. Harriss from Tennessee arrived — Bought from John Weightman merchant 25 yds Irish linen at $1.62. 1 yd Linen cambrick $5.00 & thread & buttons &c. to make up the shirts.

Sun. 23 Went to Catholic meeting — Mr. Matthews preached.

Mon. 24º Made a house, — chose Mr. H. Clay speaker.

Tues. 25 at 12 o'clock recd. the Presidents message. See Mr. Williams.

Wed. 26 Went to the house — little done passed resolves to appoint the different committees.

Thurs. 27 . . . Drew from the bank of Washington pr. check from the Speaker $200.

I repaid John Weightman mercht. $25 I borrowed from him on the 19th inst. Paid unto Mrs. Sutor towards my accommodations $30. See Mr. Foster. Escorted Mrs. Sutor and Miss Harriott to the Navy yard & back again to Mrs. Sutors. . . .

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Sat. 29 Attended the military committee. . . .

Sun. 30 went to visit Mr. Villard & family at the Navy yard. . . .

p52 Mon. 31 . . . dined with the President. Spent the evening with Mr. K. Davis.

June, 1813.

Tues. 1 . . . William Kelly & Tho. H. Benton esqurs. dined with me at Mrs. Sutors.

Wed. 2 . . . Went to the levee.

Thurs. 3 . . . Spent the evening with Mr. K. Davis.

Fry. 4 went & lodged in Geo.town at Crawfords the house first adjd.

Sat. 5 I went this morning into the Warm Bath, and returned to Mrs. Sutors after breakfast. pd. $1.50.

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Mon. 7 . . . Went in evng. to Navy yd. in Co. with Mrs. Sutor & Miss Harriott Smith & spent the evening at Mrs. Forests. . . .

Tues. 8 . . . Memo. Aspheltos, Rectified spirits of turpentine 1813º & niter &c. are or will form an indistinguishable fame &c. Went to the P. Levee. See Mr. H. Foster.

Thur. 10 Went to the House — in evening went to the Navy yard — spent part of the evening with Mr. K. Davis. Rained.

Fry. 11 . . . Spent the evening with Mr. K. Davis.

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Sun. 13 Went to the Catholic meeting — In evening went up to the Little Falls or Potomac in Co. with Genl. J. G. Jackson & Maj. William McCoy.

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Tues. 15 . . . Paid a woman $5.50 for making 4 shirts & hemming 4 hdkfs. $5.50 — paid Clark the taylor $6 for making a blk Coat & vest, since I arrived.

Wed. 16 Visited Messrs. Ringold & Monroe & Mr. Bartly in the eveng.

Thurs. 17 . . . Spent the evng at Mr. K. Davis.

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Sat. 19 . . . Went in the evening to the theater. . . .

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Mon. 21 . . . Spent the eveng with the Minister of France.

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Wed. 30 . . . Went in afternoon to Greenleafs point in Co. with Ferdinand Fairfax esq. was at Mr. Fosters in evening &c.

July, 1813.

Thur. 1 Dined with the Russian minister.

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Sat. 10 . . . Memo. the plant astaragon, out of which the French prepare a fine aromatic vinegar is to be had at the french gardens — The way to make the vinegar — put the leaves of the plant into a deep earthen jar; then sit the Jar into a kittle of water and boil it gently until the vinegar is sufficiently impregnated. When cool pour it off and bottle it.

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Sun. 18 . . . I went to Catholic meeting — Cannon heard.

Mon. 19 . . . pd Mr. Clark the tailor $3.50 for a striped Jacket.

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p53 Mon. 26 took the Warm Bath at Davis's Pd. 6/ for three times bathing — I visited the President & Secretary of War.

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Thur. 29 . . . Went to Navy Yard in Co. with Mrs. Sutor & took Tea at Mr. Forests.

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August, 1813.º

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Mon. 2 Attended the House which adjourned. Drew $312 for my services the ballance of my services.º Spent the evening with Mr. Davis.

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Wed. 4 very warm packing up to start for Tennessee. Spent the evening at Mr. Davis's. . . .

Thurs. 5 . . . Mr. Rhea & myself then left the city and went to Geotown in eveng.

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Sun. 15 . . . Cure for the rheumatism — Make 1‑4 poke berry Juice, 3 parts whiske or some other spirits.

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Tues. 17 Attended Mr. Rhodes printing press for my circulars 300 in number for which I give the printer $12. I sealed & directed this day & night 287 of the letters &c.

Wed. 18 Sent my letters into the post office — left with Mrs. Chambers 2 Irish linen new shirts & old cravit — 1 silk velvet Jacket, & Johnsons dictionary (small) one pair cotton slips.

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Mon. 30. Rode 12 miles home.

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November, 1813.

Thurs. 4 I went to Knoxville & see Colo. Sparks & Lady set out for Natchez — accompanied them to James Millers.

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Mon. 15 Set out for Washington in the evening.

December, 1813.

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Sat. 4 Set out after breakfastº about 12 o'clock & rode 20 miles to Georgetown & put up at Union Tavern (Crawfords) pd. 15/.

Sun. 5 Went to Washington & put up at Mrs. Sutors, and engaged my beast at the livery stable at the same place at $3 per week to be fed with 3 gallons of Corn or Oats pr day. & plenty hay. Spent part of the evening at Mr. Davis's.

Mon. 6 Very unwell with cold & fever did not get into house till about to adjourn.

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Mon. 13 Furnished Mrs. Sutor with $20 toward accommodation.

Tues. 14 dined with the President. Furnished Mrs. Davis with $10 towards washing & let her have on Fryday last $5 to purchase wood and at different times before for which moneys she is to wash my clothing, make shirts, mend & & . . . . Went to Mr. Monroes and Mr. Jones offices. . . .

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p54 Mon. 20 . . . let kitty Davis have $10 towards washing & to make up some shirts. . . .


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