As the first President of the United States, George Washington set many social standards that would be followed by later administrations. He and Mrs. Washington established times for public visits and more formal affairs. Dinners for members of Congress and other important political associates were held on Thursdays. Tristram Dalton, a former senator from Massachusetts received this engraved invitation for one of these suppers. The invitation with its simple, yet elegant, design could be customized with the recipient's name, date, and time.

For the engraved copper plate used to print invitations of this type, see W-827. For additional examples of presidential invitations, see MS-5832, MS-5722/A, MS-5722/B, MS-5605, MS-5797, and MS-5746.



March 1, 1793



  • Written - United States
  • Printed - United States


Ink, laid paper


Overall: 2 7/8 in. x 4 3/4 in. (7.3 cm x 12.07 cm)


Purchased by the A. Alfred Taubman Acquisition Endowment Fund, 2004

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