George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 25 November 1789]

Wednesday 25th. Exercised on Horse-back between Breakfast & dinner—in which returning I called upon Mr. Jay and Genl. Knox on business and made informal visits to the Govr., Mr. Izard, Genl. Schuyler, and Mrs. Dalton. The following Company dined with me. viz.

Doctr. Johnson & Lady and daughter (Mrs. Neely)—Mr. Izard & Lady & Son—Mr. Smith (So. Carolina) & Lady—Mr. Kean & Lady and the Chief Justice Mr. Jay.

After which I went with Mrs. Washington to the Dancing Assembly at which I stayed until 10 Ock.

mrs. neely: William Samuel Johnson’s eldest daughter Charity Johnson (d. 1810) had married Rev. Ebenezer Kneeland of Stratford, Conn. (GROCE description begins George C. Groce, Jr. William Samuel Johnson: A Maker of the Constitution. New York, 1937. description ends , 39).

In 1767 Sen. Ralph Izard had married Alice Delancey (1745–1832) of New York. The son who accompanied them today was Henry Izard (1771–1826), George Izard (1776–1828), or, less likely, their youngest son, four-year-old Ralph Izard (1785–1824). Also in the party was the Izard’s second daughter Charlotte Izard (1770–1792), who had married Sen. William Loughton Smith in 1786 (ROGERS description begins George C. Rogers, Jr. Evolution of a Federalist: William Loughton Smith of Charleston (1758–1812). Columbia, S.C., 1962. description ends [1], 404).

John Kean (1756–1795), of South Carolina, had served in the Continental Congress 1785–87, and in Aug. 1789 GW appointed him one of the commissioners for settling accounts between the United States and the individual states (EXECUTIVE JOURNAL description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States of America: From the commencement of the First, to the termination of the Nineteenth Congress. Vol. 1. Washington, D.C., 1828. description ends , 1:17). He married Susan Livingston (d. 1833), a niece of New Jersey Governor William Livingston, in 1786.

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