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In Their Own Words

May 15, 1791

George Washington Diary on Last Day in Savannah

On his last day in Savannah, Pres. George Washington recorded in his diary:

“Sunday, 15th. After morning Service, and receiving a number of visits from the most respectable ladies of the place (as was the case yesterday) I set out for Augusta, Escorted beyd. the limits of the City by most of the Gentlemen in it, and dining at Mulberry Grove the Seat of Mrs. Green, lodged at one Spencers - distance 15 miles. “Savanna [sic] stands upon what may be called high ground for this Country. It is extremely Sancy wch. makes the walking very disagreeable; and the houses uncomfortable in warm and windy weather, as they are filled with dust whenever this happens. The town on 3 sides is surrounded with cultivated Rice fields which have a rich and luxuriant appearance. On the 4th or backside it is a fine sand. The harbour is said to be very good, and often filled with square rigged vessels, but there is a bar below over which not more than 12 water can be brot. except at sprg. tides. The tide does not flow above 12 or 14 miles above the City though the City is swelled by it more than double that distance. Rice and Tobacco (the last of wch. is greatly increasing) are the principle Exports. Lumber and Indigo are also Exported, but the latter is in the decline, and it is suppased [sic] by Hemp and Cotton. Ship timber, viz: - live Oak and Cedar, is (and may be more so) valuable in the exptr.”

Source: John C. Fitzpatrick (ed.), The Diaries of George Washington: 1748-1799 (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1925), pp. 177-178.