George Washington Papers

To George Washington from John Jones, 23 January 1795

From John Jones

Grafton Street Dublin [Ireland] Jany 23d 1795

John Jones, Sole Proprietor of the Sentimental and Masonic Magazine, impressed with that Respect and Veneration Justly incited by so great and estimable a Charecter as his Excellency President George Washington; Solicits his acceptance of the Five Volumes now published of that work; (which is much approved, of particularly by the Brethren of this Kingdom,) fondly flattering himself a Perusal of them at some Period, may be a Relaxation from weighty and momentious Business.1

The Sixth Volume, to which will be prefixed a Portrait of the President, executed by an Irish Artist, in an elegant manner; the Proprietor intends dedicating to his Excellency; and humbly hopes that that Liberty will not be deemed too presumptuous.


John Jones was a Dublin bookseller.

1Jones published thirty-eight issues (six volumes plus two issues of the seventh) of the Sentimental and Masonic Magazine from July 1792 to August 1795. GW replied to Jones on 10 July: “I have been favored with your note of the 23d of Jany—accompanied by five Vols. of the Sentimental & Masonic Magazine. For this mark of your obliging attention to me I entreat you to accept my best thanks. I shall, I am persuaded, find much pleasure in reading them whenever circumstances will afford me more leisure than I at present have, for gratifications of this sort” (ALS, DSC; LB, DLC:GW). The volumes remained in GW’s library at his death (Griffin, Catalogue of the Washington Collection description begins Appleton P.C. Griffin, comp. A Catalogue of the Washington Collection in the Boston Athenæum. Cambridge, Mass., 1897. description ends , 495).

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