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George Washington was a punctilious record keeper. Fifty-one diary volumes and diary fragments in Washington's hand are known to exist. They begin in 1748 and end with his death in December 1799. Almost every entry notes the weather. In this particular volume, covering the year 1797, Washington recorded details of the last days of his presidency, his departure from Philadelphia, and his return to civilian life at his beloved Mount Vernon.






Leather, ink, laid paper


Overall (Binding): 5 in. x 3 1/8 in. x 5/8 in. (12.7 cm x 7.94 cm x 1.59 cm)
Overall (Textblock): 4 7/8 in. x 2 7/8 in. x 1/2 in. (12.38 cm x 7.3 cm x 1.27 cm)

Credit Line

Purchase, 1947

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Colors (Beta)

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