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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Fairfax, Thomas 1691-1781 (search)
Fairfax, Thomas 1691-1781 Sixth Baron of Cameron; born in England in 1691; educated at Oxford; was a contributor to Addison's Spectator, and finally, soured by disappointments, quitted England forever, and settled on the vast landed estate in Virginia which he had inherited from his mother, daughter of Lord Culpeper. He built a lodge in the midst of 10,000 acres of land, some of it arable and excellent for grazing, where he resolved to build a fine mansion and live a sort of Thomas Fairfax. hermit lord of a vast domain. He was at middle age when he came to America. He never built the great mansion, but lived a solitary life in the lodge he had built, which he called Greenway Court. There Washington first met him and became a frequent visitor, for Fairfax found him a bright young man, a good hunter, in Greenway Court. which sport he himself loved to engage, and useful to him as a surveyor of his lands. He became very fond of the young surveyor, who was a loved compani
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Virginia, (search)
the river to Gloucester Point on the night of......Oct. 16, 1781 Negotiations for capitulation begin......Oct. 17, 1781 Cornwallis surrenders 7,247 men, seventy-five brass guns, sixty-nine iron guns......Oct. 19, 1781 Admiral Digby appears off the capes of the Chesapeake with twenty-five ships of the line, two 50-gun ships, and eight frigates, carrying Sir Henry Clinton and 7,000 troops......Oct. 24, 1781 Learning of the surrender, he returns to New York......Oct. 29, 1781 Thomas Fairfax, sixth Lord and Baron of Cameron, dies at his lodge, Greenway Court, Frederick county, aged ninety years......Dec. 12, 1781 Northwestern Territory, ceded by Virginia to the United States, accepted by Congress......1784 Religious freedom act passed......1785 It is made treason to erect a new State in the territory of Virginia without permission from the Assembly......October, 1785 Legislature authorizes the five counties of Kentucky to elect five delegates each to consider an