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George Rawlins

An overseer at Union Farm, George Rawlins worked at Mount Venron from 1798 until 1799.1 Rawlins was the brother of George Washington's clerk, Albin Rawlins, and was the subject of one of the last letters written by Washington. In the letter, Washington complained that about Rawlins' work, explaining: "Such a Pen as I saw yesterday at Union Farm, would, if the Cattle were kept in it one Week, destroy the whole of them. They would be infinitely more comfortable in this, or any other weather, in the open fields…."2 Shortly after dawn on the morning of December 14, George Rawlins was summoned to the mansion to draw blood from George Washington, who had awoken several hours before with "an ague." Washington would die later that night.3

The Papers of George Washington, Retirement Series, Vol. 4:457n & 553n.

2. "From George Washington to James Anderson, 13 December 1799," Founders Online, National Archives.

3. The Papers of George Washington, Retirement Series, Vol. 4: 548.