George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 9 October 1774]

9. Went to the Presbeterian Meeting in the forenoon and Romish Church in the Afternoon. Dind at Bevans’s.

presbeterian meeting: Which Presbyterian church GW attended is unknown, although prevailing opinion favors the Presbyterian meetinghouse at Third and Arch streets. However, GW may have been with John Adams, who on this day attended the Presbyterian meetinghouse on Market Street between Second and Third streets and heard Dr. Francis Alison or Allison (1705–1779) deliver a sermon on the Lord’s Supper (ADAMS [1] description begins L. H. Butterfield, ed. Diary and Autobiography of John Adams. 4 vols. Cambridge, Mass., 1961. description ends , 2:149).

The Catholic church which GW attended was St. Mary’s, built in 1763 and located at Fourth and Spruce streets.

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