George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 25 April 1791]

Monday 25th. Dined with the Citizens of the place at a public dinner given by them. Went to a Ball in the evening, at which there were 62 ladies—illuminations, Bonfires &ca.

The town’s welcoming committee today presented GW with an address of the inhabitants to which GW replied briefly as usual. The address and the text of GW’s remarks are both in DLC:GW. The dinner is said to have been at Jocelin’s (Joslin’s) tavern, and the ball at the Assembly Hall on Front Street between Orange and Ann streets. A newspaper account of the ball reported that GW “appeared to be equally surprised and delighted, at the very large and brilliant assembly of ladies, whom admiration and respect for him had collected together” (Columbian Centinel [Boston], 11 June 1791; HENDERSON description begins Archibald Henderson. Washington’s Southern Tour, 1791. Boston and New York, 1923. description ends , 114–15).

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