22 January 1790

GW in N.Y. GW wrote in his diary that he exercised with a morning horse ride. GW was impressed by a demonstration of a new wheat threshing machine invented by Friedrich, Baron von Poellnitz. Mrs. Washington also had visitors over that evening.

Gouverneur Morris, from Paris, wrote that he had been talking to prominent political figures about opening up French colonies to American trade. He noted his uncertainty of the prospect due to the current instability in France.

In another letter sent from Gouverneur Morris, this one marked “private,” Morris relayed Lafayette’s request for advice concerning appointments in the French government. He uneasily summarized the volatile situation in Europe and added that more wars and rebellions could soon begin.


22 January 1790