UVA Press Logo
UVA Press 50th, 1963-2013

Home Icon
Welcome
return to search results

Click cover to enlarge.

The Papers of George Washington

January-June 1790

George Washington. Edited by Dorothy Twohig

Presidential Series
Cloth · 620 pp. · 6.13 x 9.25 · ISBN 9780813916194 · $85.00 · Mar 1996

Volume 5 covers the first half of 1790 and focuses on Washington's continued concentration on the problems facing the new government. North Carolina had ratified the Constitution in late 1789, and Rhode Island held its ratifying convention in early 1790. Many documents in this volume reflect the president's concern with the establishment of ties to the federal government in both states, especially in the matter of appointments to the federal civil service. Also treated in detail in the volume are Washington's near-fatal illness in May 1790 and his difficult recovery. The heavy incoming correspondence concerns matters as diverse as the administratin's attempts to deal with escalation of Indian hostilities on the northern frontier, negotiations concerning military medals issued for achievement during the Revolutionary War, establishment of a coinage system for the young nation, petitions from Quakers concerning abolition, events surrounding the arrival of American vessels on the coast of Oregon, Gouverneur Morris's diplomatic mission to London, and the formation of the Scioto Company.