George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 4 May 1768]

4. Dined with Mrs. Dawson, & suppd at Charlton’s.

Richard Charlton (d. 1779) had announced in June 1767 that he had opened “the Coffee-House” in Williamsburg “as a Tavern,” and GW had supped there on a visit to the city the previous fall (Va. Gaz., P&D, 25 June 1767; General Ledger A description begins General Ledger A, 1750–1772. Library of Congress, George Washington Papers, Series 5, Financial Papers. description ends , folio 262). The exact location of the coffeehouse is not known, but it was “nigh the Capitol” (Va. Gaz., R, 2 Feb. 1769). In 1775 Charlton was said to be living “in the back street,” probably present-day Francis Street (Va. Gaz., D, 7 Jan. 1775). In addition to being an innkeeper, Charlton was a barber and wigmaker, and he may have plied those trades at his tavern (Va. Gaz., P, 14 June 1776, and D&N, 11 Dec. 1779).

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