George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Charles Pinckney, 2 May 1791

From Charles Pinckney

[Charleston, S.C.] 2d May 1791.

Dear Sir

I beg leave to remind you that I shall expect the honour of your company at dinner on Thursday at four O Clock1—and to a Ball on friday Evening at seven O Clock.2 I am with respectful Regard Dear Sir Your’s Truly

Charles Pinckney

ALS, PHi: Gratz Collection.

GW landed at two o’clock in Charleston at Prioleau’s wharf to an artillery salute, pealing bells, and “reiterated shouts of joy” from “an uncommonly large concourse of citizens” (Gazette of the United States [Philadelphia], 21 May 1791).

1According to GW the dinner at the governor’s residence on Meeting Street was attended by “the principal gentlemen of the civil, clerical, and military professions” (Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 6:131).

2GW recorded in his diary that on 6 May he “Dined at Majr. [Pierce] Butlers, and went to a Ball in the evening at the Governors where there was a select company of ladies” (ibid.).

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