17th  – Mild & Clear day – the Roads are bad, in consequence of the Thaw –  Went to Town & return’d to Dine with Mr. Nicols, who had a pleasant party  My hands busy trimming Orchard at Furley – Bot Cow & Calf $35

From the journal of Captain Henry Thompson, January 17, 1814. Courtesy the Friends of Clifton.

In May 1818, an assessment of Thompson’s property noted that he held 10 enslaved people—likely including the “hands” who worked to trim the orchard at Furley Hall on January 17.

Source: National Register of Historic Places, Clifton Park, Baltimore, (Independent City), Maryland, National Register # 07000941 – see Section 8, 3, citing Baltimore County Commission on Tax.

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