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.


D (Document). One page, oblong. Dinner invitation printed with six lines of engraved text, all in script letters, interspersed with four empty underlined spaces that were filled out with the recipient's names: Mr. and Mrs. Dalton & Miss Dalton, the day: Thursday, the time: 4, and the date: March 1st 1793. Not in Washington's hand. No watermark.
Size: 16 mo.

Full text:
The President of the United States / and Mrs. Washington, request the Pleasure of / Mr. and Mrs. Dalton & Miss Daltons [name filled out by hand] / Company to Dine, on Thursday [day filled out by hand] next, at 4 [hour filled out by hand] o'Clock. / March 1st [date filled out by hand] 179 3 [year filled out by hand] / An answer is requested.


March 1, 1793




Ink, laid paper


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

Credit Line

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

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