George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 19 July 1795]

19. Breakfasted at Vanhorn—dined at Bladensburgh & lodged in Geo. Town.

vanhorn: Gabriel P. Van Horne ran a post-stage line from Philadelphia to Alexandria and operated several taverns on the road, including this one in Prince George’s County, 14 miles from Spurriers and 9 from Bladensburg. The location was known as Van Ville at the time. Van Horne had been captain of a company of militia in Harford County, Md., during the Revolution, and GW refers to him after the Revolution as Colonel Van Horne. Van Horne also rented his carriages and horses for private trips; GW solicited his services in transporting Mrs. Washington and her party to New York in May 1789 (SCHARF [5] description begins J. Thomas Scharf. History of Baltimore City and County. 1881. New ed., 2 vols. Baltimore, 1971. description ends , 1:311–12; BRUMBAUGH [2] description begins Gaius Marcus Brumbaugh. Maryland Records: Colonial, Revolutionary, County and Church, from Original Sources. 2 vols. 1915 and 1928. Reprint. Baltimore, 1975. description ends , 2:366; GW to Elizabeth Powel, 26 Mar. 1797, ViMtvL; Van Horne to GW, 13 June 1789 and 22 Aug. 1795, and Van Horne to George Augustine Washington, 12 May 1789, DLC:GW).

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