As the first President of the United States, George Washington set many social standards that would be followed by later administrations. He established times for public visits and more formal affairs. Those invited to dine at the executive residence received engraved invitations. Their simple, yet elegant, design could be customized with the recipient's name, date, and time. This invitation is addressed to an unidentified Mr. Gilbert. Mount Vernon's collection contains seven presidential dinner invitations; however this is the only one that is from "The President of the United States," rather than "The President of the United States and Mrs. Washington."

For additional examples of presidential invitations, see MS-5832, MS-5722/A, MS-5722/B, MS-5605, MS-5797, and MS-5745.


AD (Autograph Document). One page, oblong. Dinner invitation printed with six lines of engraved text, all in script letters, interspersed with four underlined spaces that were filled out by George Washington with the recipient's name: Mr. Gilbert, the day: Wednesday, the time: 4, and the date: May 6th 1792. No watermark.

Full text:
The President of the United States, / requests the Pleasure of Mr. Gilbert's [name filled out by hand] / Company to Dine, on Wednesday [day filled out by hand] next, / at 4 [hour filled out by hand] o'Clock. / May 6 [date filled out by hand] 179 2 [year filled out by hand] / An answer is requested.


May 6, 1792




Ink, laid paper


Overall: 2 7/8 in. x 4 1/2 in. (7.3 cm x 11.43 cm)

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Purchased with funds donated by the Twentieth Century Club, 2004

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