Diary Notes

George Washington

The following entries from George Washington's Diary show that he personally planted and harvested hemp. As it is known that the potency of the female plants decreases after they have been fertilized by the males, the fact that he regrets having separated the male from the female plants too late {after fertilization) clearly indicates that he was cultivating the plant for medicinal purposes as well as for its fiber.

1765

May 12-13—Sowed Hemp at Muddy hole by Swamp.

August 7—began to seperate [sic] the Male from the Female hemp at Do—rather too late.

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