Sunday, April 25, 2010

American's First President Failed to Return Two Books in 1789

Before anyone starts nit-picking, let me be clear by saying American's first Constitutional President. George Washington has amassed a $300k late fee for failing to return the "Law of Nations" and a volume of debate transcripts from Britain's House of Commons. The library is not pursuing the fine, instead hoping to retrieve the books; neither of which is likely.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/7605381/George-Washingtons-300000-library-fine.html

"Washington failed to return two books in 1789, which have been accruing overdue fees.

He was supposed to return the books after a month, but failed to do so.

"We're not actively pursuing the fines," said Mark Bartlett, the head librarian of the New York Society Library. "But we would be very happy if we could get the books back."

The former president, who died in December 1799, borrowed two books from what was then the only library in Manhattan – "Law of Nations," a dissertation on international relations, and a volume of debate transcripts from Britain's House of Commons.
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