George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 12 October 1774]

12. At Congress all the forenoon. Dined at Mr. Josh. Whartons & went to the Govrs. Club.

josh. whartons: This man is more likely to be Joseph Wharton, Jr. (1734–1816), a merchant of Philadelphia, than his father, Joseph Wharton (1707–1776), who was living in retirement outside Philadelphia at his country place, Walnut Grove.

govrs. club: An earlier visitor to Philadelphia described the Governor’s Club as “a Select Number of Gentlemen that meet every Night at a certain Tavern, where they pass away a few Hours in the Pleasures of Conversation and a Cheerful Glass’ (SCHARF [1] description begins J. Thomas Scharf and Thompson Westcott. History of Philadelphia. 1609–1884. 3 vols. Philadelphia, 1884. description ends , 1:235). The club at this time probably met at Peggy Mullen’s Beefsteak House on Water Street at the corner of Tun Alley (JACKSON description begins Joseph Jackson. “Washington in Philadelphia.” Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography 56 (1932): 110–55. description ends , 122).

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