In 1752, at the age of 20, George Washington was initiated into the fraternal organization of Freemasons, and in 1788 he was appointed Master of the Alexandria Lodge. In 1795, John Jones of Dublin, Ireland, the proprietor of The Sentimental and Masonic Magazine, sent Washington this set of five volumes with a letter requesting permission to dedicate a sixth volume to Washington and to include an elegant portrait of "his Excellency." The magazine is illustrated with engravings and covers a range of subject matter of interest to Masons, including political opinions, editorial cartoons, songs, fiction in serial form, and book reviews.

For George Washington's other volumes from this set, see W-391/A, W-391/B, W-391/D, and W-391/E.

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Date

1793


People


Geography

  • Published - Ireland

Material/Technique

Leather, gilt, marbleized paper, ink, laid paper


Dimensions

Overall: 8 1/2 in. x 5 1/2 in. x 1 7/8 in. (21.59 cm x 13.97 cm x 4.76 cm)


Credit

Gift of an anonymous donor, 1907


Signed

Title page, top right corner, in brown ink: Go: Washington


Object Number

W-391/C


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