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Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
Scope Note: Engraved, printed, or written expressions requesting a person's company at a certain event at a given time and place.

Found in 11 Collections and/or Records:

Document, blank dinner invitation from President and Mrs. Washington, 1790

 Item — Box 5, Folder: 1790.00.00
Identifier: [RM-1079; MS-5722] & [RM-988; MS-5605] & [RM-1114: MS-5797] & [RM-1172; MS-5908]
Scope and Contents

Partially printed on card from President Washington and Mrs. Washington--not filled out.

Dates: 1790

Invitation, to Edmund Lee, 1789 September 3

 Item — Box 5, Folder: 1789.09.03, Folder: OUT
Identifier: RM-1145
Scope and Contents

On September 3, 1789, George Washington sent this letter to Edmund Jennings Lee inviting him to dine at Mount Vernon along with John Marshall and Bushrod Washington. Marshall had recently returned from service as peace commissioner to France and Washington hoped to persuade him to run for Congress in the upcoming election. Lee must have declined this invitation, because his name is not recorded in Washington's diary among his dinner guests that evening.

Dates: 1789 September 3

Invitation to marriage ceremony of Martha Custis and George Washington, 1759 January 6

 Item — Box 1, Folder: INVITE 1
Identifier: 2016-SC-022
Scope and Contents

Fragment of engraved wedding invitation, which reads "Mrs. Mary Washington requests your prescence at the marriage ceremony of Miss Martha Custis to Col. George Washington." This is a fictitious imagining of what an invitation could have looked like, if one existed, for the wedding of George and Martha Washington.

Dates: 1759 January 6

Invitation, to Mr. and Mrs. Porter, 1788 May 18

 Item — Box 4, Folder: 1788.05.18
Identifier: A-607
Scope and Contents

Invitation to dinner for Monday, May 19, 1788. Answer is requested.

Dates: 1788 May 18

Invitation, to Mr. Gilbert, 1792 May 6

 Item — Box 5, Folder: 1792.05.06
Identifier: RM-1087; MS-5746
Scope and Contents

Invitation from George Washington to Mr. Gilbert. Partially printed. Filled in by George Washington. Mr. Gilbert, who is invited to dine at 4:00, is unidentified. Engraved invitation does not include phrase "and Mrs. Washington" like others issued at the time.

Dates: 1792 May 6

Invitation, to Mrs. Hamilton, 1789 August 30

 Item — Box 1, Folder: 1789.08.30
Identifier: A-301.276
Scope and Contents

"Mrs. Washington presents her compliments to Mrs. Hamilton, and if she's disengaged this Evening, will do herself the pleasure to visit her." On reverse an undated letter from Robert Lewis to Dr. Thornton.

Dates: 1789 August 30

Invitation to Regimental Ball in honor of the Veterans of New Hampshire, 1855 December 18

 Item — Box 1, Folder: INVITE 1
Identifier: 2018-SC-035-004
Scope and Contents

Complimentary invitation to the Regimental Ball in honor of the Veterans of New Hampshire held in Washington on December 18, 1855. Features colored embossed illustration of George Washington.

Dates: 1855 December 18

Invitation to the Address on the Character of Washington by the Hon. Edward Everett, 1859 May 12

 Item — Box 1, Folder: INVITE 1
Identifier: 2019-SC-030
Scope and Contents

An invitation to take a seat on the platform on the occassion of the "Address on the Character of Washington, to be delivered by the Hon. Edward Everett, At the Academy of Music, on Thursday, May 12, 1859, at 8 o'clock."

Dates: 1859 May 12

Invitation, to Tristram Dalton, 1793 March 1

 Item — Box 6, Folder: 1793.03.01
Identifier: RM-1086; MS-5745
Scope and Contents

Dinner invitation from George and Martha Washington to Mr. and Mrs. Dalton and daughter. Not in Washington's hand. Tristram Dalton was a friend and first senator from Massachusetts. Invitation was issued just prior to Washington's second inauguration in the Senate chamber.

Dates: 1793 March 1

Invitation, Washington's birthday anniversary, DeKalb Lodge No. 144, A., F. & A. M., 1901

 Item — Box 2, Folder: 23
Scope and Contents From the Collection: Ephemera collected by Geo. Gregory Smart related to the memory and popular image of George Washington. The collection includes postcards, calendars, cigar boxes covers, stamps and first day covers, programs for anniversary events, books and pamphlets, hat stands, billheads, stationary, cartes-de-visite, playing cards, and puzzles. Some items are catchy such as a hat stand touting the motto “friends you can hang your hat on,” while others are designed to be more educational such as...
Dates: 1901

Proclamation to Canada, Marquis de Lafayette, 1780

 Item — Box 7, Folder: 1780.00.00
Identifier: W-1077
Scope and Contents

D. 1 page. An invitation to Canadians to join France in aiding the United States against the British--appeals to their common French blood, recent ties with France asks them to set up their own government and join the confederacy of 13 states. Printed document, laminated, watermark (fleur de lis), printed in French, endorsed in later hand "Sent by LaFayette to Washington Presented to the Assoc. by Mr. Herbert."

Dates: 1780