George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 27 September 1797]

27. Cold No. Wt. Wind in the Morning—more moderate afterwards. Mer. at 62. Mr. H. Peake & a Romh. Priest—Mr. Caffray dind here.

Mr. H. Peake is Henry (Harry) Peake, son of Humphrey and Mary Stonestreet Peake. mr. caffray: Anthony Caffrey (McCaffrey), a Catholic priest who came from Ireland in 1792, was the founder and first pastor of St. Patrick’s Church in Washington. In 1794 he bought the lots on which the church was built. Caffrey deeded the land to Bishop Carroll in 1804 and returned to Ireland the next year (O’BRIEN description begins Michael J. O’Brien. George Washington’s Associations with the Irish. New York, 1937. description ends , 143; DOWNING [2] description begins Margaret Brent Downing. “The Development of the Catholic Church in the District of Columbia from Colonial Times until the Present.” Records of the Columbia Historical Society 15 (1912): 23–53. description ends , 44–45).

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