03 April 2013

The Founding Fathers have a party, dude

"Itemized bill from a farewell party for George Washington, thrown three days before the Constitutional Convention ended."

From the ever-interesting Lapham's Quarterly.

1 comment:

  1. If the bill was in British pounds in the year 1787, it would be $13,380.22 in current USD. Not too bad for a big party with LOTS of alcohol. However, most of the colonies issued money of their own, also called pounds, before the USD was introduced in 1792. The Constitutional convention was held in Philadelphia, so the bill is presumably in Pennsylvania pounds. A little searching isn't turning up a reasonable way to convert Pennsylvania pounds to current money. Anyone out there know more abut this than I do?

    I'm more impressed that their parties got rowdy enough to break things.


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