George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 28 June 1790]

Monday 28th. Exercised between 5 & 7 Oclock in the Morning & drank Tea with Mrs. Clinton (the Governors Lady) in the Afternoon.

Gov. George Clinton’s residence was at 10 Queen Street, near the end of Cedar Street. The house, for which Clinton paid £300 a year rent, had been confiscated from Loyalist Henry White and was “a two-story and attic house, five windows wide, with a sloping tiled roof, containing five dormer windows” (SMITH [4] description begins Thomas E. V. Smith. The City of New York in the Year of Washington’s Inauguration, 1789. 1889. Reprint. Riverside, Conn., 1972. description ends , 31; SPAULDING description begins E. Wilder Spaulding. His Excellency George Clinton: Critic of the Constitution. New York, 1938. description ends , 194). It was presumably this residence rather than the Clinton’s farm on the Hudson outside the city which GW visited today. GW and Mrs. Washington had frequent social contacts with Clinton and his wife, Cornelia Tappen Clinton, during the Revolution and after the war a friendly correspondence had been maintained, Clinton sending GW trees and various plants for Mount Vernon. In spite of political differences between Clinton and GW after the new government was established, social relations between the two families remained warm. As a rule, partly because of Mrs. Clinton’s ill health, the Clintons did little entertaining. Abigail Adams Smith found Mrs. Clinton “not a showy, but a kind, friendly woman” (ROOF description begins Katharine Metcalf Roof. Colonel William Smith and Lady: The Romance of Washington’s Aide and Young Abigail Adams. Boston, 1929. description ends , 197; SPAULDING description begins E. Wilder Spaulding. His Excellency George Clinton: Critic of the Constitution. New York, 1938. description ends , 192–94).

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