Volume 2: Apr. – June 1789

Volume 2 is concerned largely with Washington’s inaugural Journey to New York and his initial activities as president upon his arrival. The documents, with annotations, chronicle the public adulation and the elaborate receptions and public addresses that the new president encountered along his route to the capital. His correspondence with friends and acquaintances at home and abroad concerns a wide range of subjects from politics to agricultural methods. His personal letters confirm his continuing need for money, his continued involvement in the affairs of family members, and his concern with his land interests in Virginia and on the frontier. As the volume closes Washington begins to gather information for his new administration in correspondence with major officers of government on matters affecting their departments.

Dorothy Twohig, ed., The Papers of George Washington: Presidential Series volume 2, April – June 1789. Charlottesville and London: University Press of Virginia, 1987.

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