The Virginia Gazette

Today in the 1770s: November 27

WILLIAMSBURG, November 27, 1778.
To be sold for ready money, by public auction, on the premises, on Monday the 14th of December, My HOUSE and LOTS situated on the back street, and one of the most retired and agreeable situations in Williamsburg. The house is in tolerable good repair, having two good rooms and a passage on the lower flower (floor). The offices are a kitchen and a large stable, with a meathouse, etc. There are about four acres enclosed in one lot, and will be sold with the house. JOHN PARKE CUSTIS. I will give a generous ready money price for a good COOK. A man would be preferred. J.P.C.

Virginia Gazette (Dixon & Hunter) November 27, 1778

About this entry:

In May 1778, John Parke Custis, son of Martha Washington and Daniel Parke Custis, wrote to his stepfather George Washington his intention to sell his lots in Williamsburg and JamesTown. The WIlliamsburg property described in this ad is probably the same as described in a 1773 ad placed by Peter Hardy, Coach & Chair Maker, stating that he was open for business "at the Brick House belonging to Colonel Custis's [Daniel Parke Custis] Estate, near the Mad House". Today the less-than-four acre vacant lot across from the Public Hospital is referred to as the "Custis property".

Language notes:

"Flower" is a rare spelling of "floor". "Offices" refer to outbuildings.

Sources: WAR

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