George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 25 July 1771]

25. Dined at Colo. Lewis’s & went to the Play.

The American Company of Comedians had been performing in Fredericksburg every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday since late May, when it had come to take advantage of the crowds at the town’s annual June fair (Va. Gaz., P&D, 16 May 1771). The plays may have been staged in the county courtroom, a warehouse, or the 44–by–25–foot billiard room of George Weedon’s tavern (RANKIN description begins Hugh F. Rankin. The Theater in Colonial America. Chapel Hill, N.C., 1960. description ends , 160; KING [2] description begins George H. S. King. “General George Weedon.” William and Mary Quarterly, 2d ser., 20 (1940): 237–52. description ends , 246–47).

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