George Washington Papers

To George Washington from St. Philip’s Church Officials, 3 May 1791

From St. Philip’s Church Officials

[Charleston, 3 May 1791]

At a Meeting of the Vestry & Church Wardens of St Philips Church


3d May 1791

That the President of the United States, be invited to Service in St Philips Church, & the Church Wardens do inform him, that a Pew is ready for his Accommodation on Sunday next, or on any other day that he may think proper.1


1On Sunday, 8 May 1791, his last full day in Charleston, GW “Went to Crouded Churches in the Morning & afternoon” (Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 6:132). The city wardens escorted him from his lodgings to morning services at St. Philip’s Church held by its rector Dr. Robert Smith (1732–1801). In the afternoon GW was escorted to Dr. Henry Purcell’s services at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church. See Lipscomb, South Carolina in 1791, description begins Terry W. Lipscomb. South Carolina in 1791: George Washington’s Southern Tour. Columbia, S.C., 1993. description ends 41–42.

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