George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 12 March 1797]

12. Lowering, but tolerably pleasant. Breakfasted at Websters. Dined & lodged in Baltimore. Met & escorted into town by a great concourse of people.

websters: “Thirteen miles from thence [Harford] a pretty good Inn is kept by one Webster. From that to Baltimore is 14 Miles” (GW to Elizabeth Willing Powel, 26 Mar. 1797, ViMtvL).

GW’s entrance into Baltimore was described in a contemporary account: “At a distance from the city he was met by a crowd of citizens, on horse and foot, who thronged the road to greet him; and by a detachment from capt. Hollingsworth’s troop, who escorted him in thro’ as great a concourse of people as Baltimore ever witnessed. On alighting at the Fountain Inn, the general was saluted with reiterated and thundering huzzas from the spectators” (Gaz. of the U.S. [Philadelphia], 16 Mar. 1797). Mayor James Calhoun read an address from the council of Baltimore which GW answered (FREEMAN description begins Douglas Southall Freeman. George Washington: A Biography. 7 vols. New York, 1948–57. description ends , 7:446). The Fountain Inn, where GW lodged, had been sold by Daniel Grant in 1795, and the present owner was a Scot, James Bryden (ANDREWS description begins Matthew Page Andrews. The Fountain Inn Diary. New York, 1948. description ends , 60–63).

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