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Acts passed at the first session of the Congress of the United States of America, begun and held at the city of New-York, on Wednesday the fourth of March, in the year M,DCC,LXXXIX: and of the independence of the United States the thirteenth by United States Congress

Additional appendix to the outlines of the fifteenth chapter of the proposed general report from the Board of Agriculture : on the subject of manures by John Ingen-Housz

The constitutions of the ancient and honourable fraternity of Free and Accepted Masons : containing their history, charges, addresses, &c., collected and digested from their old records, faithful traditions, and lodge books : for the use of Masons : to which are added, the history of Masonry in the commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the constitution, laws, and regulations of their Grand Lodge : together with a large collection of songs, epilogues, &c. by Freemasons (Grand Lodge of Massachusetts)

The British carpenter : or, a treatise on carpentry. Containing the most concise and authentick rules of that art, in a more useful and extensive method, than has been made publick by Francis Price

A new system of geography or, a general description of the world. ... Embellished with a new and accurate set of maps, ... and a great variety of copper-plates, ... By the late D. Fenning and J. Collyer. A new edition, revised, enlarged, and improved, by Frederick Hervey, Esq; ... The account of North America corrected ... by Captain Carver, by Daniel Fenning

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An answer to Paine's Letter to General Washington: : including some pages of gratuitous counsel to Mr. Erskine by Patrick Kennedy

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CollectionsYour library (1,294), Boston Athenaeum (882), Mount Vernon (57), Morgan Library & Museum (35), Library of Congress (18), Princeton University (15), Houghton Library, Harvard (10), Historical Society of Pennsylvania (6), University of Pennsylvania (6), New York Public Library (3), Trinity College (3), Gilder Lehrman Institute (2), Loyola Marymount University (2), Yale University Library (2), American Antiquarian Society (1), British Library (1), David Library of the American Revolution (1), Free Library of Philadelphia (1), John Carter Brown Library (1), Johns Hopkins University (1), Lilly Library (1), MIT (1), National Library of Scotland (1), Providence Public Library (1), University of Virginia (1), Williams College (2), Case 1 (184), Case 2 (33), Case 3 (98), Case 4 (115), Case 5 (56), Case 6 (42), Case 7 (116), Case 8 (50), On the Table (63), All collections (1,294)

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TagsPolitics and Government (359), United States (328), Agriculture (174), Religion (170), Commerce (132), Great Britain (126), Sermons (125), Literature (113), Surveys (87), France (72) — see all tags

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About meGeorge Washington (22 February 1732 - 14 December 1799), Virginia surveyor, landowner, military leader and statesman. Commander of the Continental Army, president of the Constitutional Convention, and first president of the United States.

About my libraryGeorge Washington's library at the time of his death ran to some nine hundred volumes, which passed into the possession of his nephew Judge Bushrod Washington along with Washington's papers and Mount Vernon. When Bushrod Washington died in 1826, he willed parts of the library to his nephews George C. and John A. Washington and to his grand-nephew Bushrod Washington Herbert.

Around 1847, a large portion of the books which remained at Mount Vernon were sold to bookseller Henry Stevens, who announced his intention to send them to the British Museum. A group from Boston and Cambridge, MA responded by raising $4,250 and purchased the books for the Boston Athenaeum (along with items to accompany the collection). This collection comprises the major portion of George Washington's library as we know it today.

Other Washington books were sold at auctions in 1876 and in the early 1890s. Information on the books sold in those sales has been included where possible.

Annotations in the records are from the Boston Athenaeum or from other sources where noted.

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Locational Collections: Using the transcription of Washington's probate inventory (PDF), collections have been added indicating the bookcases (1-8) used by Washington for his books at Mt. Vernon (plus another location listed at "On the Table"). Within these collections, using the inventory numbers it is possible to recreate (roughly at least) the order of the books on Washington's shelves. Please note: The separation point between Cases 3-4 is not indicated in the inventory, so I have made an educated guess about where that break approximately occurs. Some items of which GW had more than one copy may appear in more than one locational collection. And for many bound volumes of pamphlets (Miscellanies, Political Tracts, &c.) it was not possible to identify specific volumes, so those have not been assigned to their respective cases.

Questions? Comments? Concerns? Please contact Libraries of Early America coordinator Jeremy Dibbell.

GroupsLibraries of Early America

Real nameGeorge Washington

LocationMount Vernon, VA

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