George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 5 September 1798]

5. Morning clear & Cool—Afternoon clouds, & a light shower. Mer. at [ ] in the Morning 62 at Night. Genl. Marshall & Mr. B. Washington went to a dinner in Alexa. given to the former by the Citizen’s there & returned.

dinner in alexa.: “Every preparation and arrangement for the day was elegant and patriotic. The dinner was served in the best style, and the good humor and conviviality of the company, which was numerous and respectable, gave a zest to the wines, which were of the best quality. The Toasts . . . were accompanied by a number of patriotic songs, and discharges from the train of Artillery, together with repeated huzzas and plaudits from the Citizens both within and without doors.” The first of the 19 toasts was to “The United States, free, Sovereign and Independent forever”; the fourth to “Lieut. General George Washington”; the thirteenth, “God speed the plough”; the eighteenth to Marshall, and the last to the other honored guest, United States Atty. Gen. Charles Lee, of Alexandria (Columbian Mirror [Alexandria], 6 Sept. 1789).

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