George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 17 May 1775]

17. Went to the Commencemt. at the College and dined at Mr. Saml. Griffins—after wch. attended a Comm[itt]ee at the Conistoga Waggon.

GW attended the ceremony at the College of Philadelphia in his role as a member of the Continental Congress, which attended as a group. For a description of the commencement, see Pa. Packet, 15, 22, 29 May 1775.

The Conestoga Wagon was a small inn on Market, or High, Street, between Fourth and Fifth. After the Revolution it was run by Maj. Samuel Nichols, or Nicholas, but at this time the proprietor may have been Charles Jenkins (Frazer, “Reminiscence,” description begins Persifor Frazer. “A Reminiscence.” Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography 46 (1922): 39–56. description ends 39–56; SCHARF [1] description begins J. Thomas Scharf and Thompson Westcott. History of Philadelphia. 1609–1884. 3 vols. Philadelphia, 1884. description ends , 2:995–96).

The committee was to consider posts to be occupied in New York and the number of troops to be used there.

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