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Visiting President Washington... How he was dressed for the inauguration...



Item # 658428

May 09, 1789

THE MASSACHUSETTS CENTINEL, Boston, May 9, 1789 

* United States government in it's infancy
* Post-President George Washington inauguration


A great issue on the earliest days of the new federal government including most of page 2 taken up with: "Debates of Congress" from the first several weeks. The entry for May 1 notes: "The speech of the President to the two Houses yesterday was read & referred to a committee  of the whole. In committee of the whole, on motion of Mr. Madison, resolved, that it is the opinion of this Committee that an address to the President ought to be prepared expressing the congratulations..." and more.
Page 3 has a neat report from New York: "We are informed that the President has assigned every Tuesday and Friday, between the hours of two and three, for receiving visits; and that visits of compliments on other days, & particularly on Sundays, will not be agreeable to him. It seems to be a prevailing opinion that so much of the President's time will be engaged by the various & important business imposed upon him by the Constitution that he will find himself constrained to omit returning visits or accepting invitations to entertainments."
Another interesting item: "...forgot to mention in my last, one interesting circumstance in the inauguration of the illustrious President--and that is, that he was dressed in a complete suit of elegant broadcloth of the manufacture of his country."
There was much pride in showing that America was becoming self-sustaining in manufactured goods.
Four pages, very nice condition.

Item from Catalog 311 (released for October, 2021)...

Category: The 1600's and 1700's