George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 22 February 1797]

22. Rain in the Night cloudy forenoon with the Wind at East—afterwards at S. W. clear & very fine. Went in the evening to an elegant entertainmt. given on my birth night. Mery. 38.

The “elegant entertainment” took place at Ricketts’s Amphitheatre and was followed by dinner and a ball “which for Splendour, Taste and Elegance, was, perhaps, never excelled by any similar Entertainment in the United States.” This entertainment was the culmination of a whole day of celebration which had begun by the ringing of bells and the firing of cannon (Claypoole’s Adv. [Philadelphia], 23 Feb. 1797). See the description of the events of the day in MCREE description begins Griffith J. McRee. Life and Correspondence of James Iredell, One of the Associate Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States. 2 vols. New York, 1857–58. description ends , 2:493.

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