George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 14 October 1774]

14. Dined at Mr. Thos. Barclay’s and Spent the Evening at Smiths.

Thomas Barclay (1728–1793) was a partner in the Philadelphia mercantile house of Carson, Barclay & Mitchell and was a member of the Philadelphia committee of correspondence. He was appointed to the state navy board in 1777 and in 1780 subscribed £5,000 for supplies for the Continental Army. Barclay was appointed consul in France in 1781. smiths: the City Tavern, run by Daniel Smith. GW’s cash memoranda book for this date lists “club at Smiths—.6.3” (CSmH). GW clubbed frequently at Smith’s as well as at other taverns during his stay in Philadelphia.

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