George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 24 November 1789]

Tuesday 24th. A good deal of Company at the Levee to day. Went to the Play in the Evening. Sent Tickets to the following Ladies and Gentlemn. & invited them to Seats in my Box viz.—Mrs. Adams (Lady of the Vice-President) Genl. Schuyler & Lady, Mr. King & Lady, Majr. Butler and Lady, Colo. Hamilton & Lady Mrs. Green—all of whom accepted and came except Mrs. Butler who was indisposed.

The play GW attended was a performance of a comedy The Toy; or a Trip to Hampton Court which, with several shorter pieces, was performed by the Old American Company at the John Street Theatre (FORD [5] description begins Paul Leicester Ford. Washington and The Theatre. New York, 1899. description ends , 37–38). The Gazette of the United States noted that “On the appearance of The President, the audience rose, and received him with the warmest acclamations” (28 Nov. 1789).

Philip Schuyler was now United States senator from New York. In 1755 he had married Catherine Van Rensselaer (1734–1803), daughter of John Van Rensselaer of Claverack. Their second daughter, Elizabeth Schuyler (1757–1854), had married Alexander Hamilton in 1780.

Rufus King (1755–1827) had graduated from Harvard in 1777, studied law with Theophilus Parsons in Newburyport, Mass., and served in the Massachusetts General Court 1783–85. As a delegate to the Constitutional Convention and the Massachusetts Ratifying Convention he provided invaluable support in securing the adoption of the Constitution in Massachusetts. He was elected United States senator to the First Congress. In 1786 King had married Mary Alsop (c.1770–1819), daughter of John Alsop, a prominent New York merchant.

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