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Press Release · Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Washington, DC

Inaugural Documents and Documents related to the Slaves Who Built the White House and U.S. Captiol

These documents were presented at a Media Preview on December 10, 2008, at the National Archives in Washington, DC.

An exhibition Taking the Oath, will be displayed to the public January 12 through January 25, 2009, and will include the documents below.

Presidential Oath of Office Documents

Documents that show President George Washington’s thoughts on the Presidential oath of office.

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Refer to CaptionFirst printed copy of the draft Constitution, August 6, 1787, annotated by George Washington and othersNational Archives, Records of the Continental and Confederation Congresses and the Constitutional Convention
Refer to CaptionOfficial Journal of the Constitutional Convention, August 27, 1787National Archives, Records of the Continental and Confederation Congresses and the Constitutional Convention
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Refer to CaptionLetter from President-elect George Washington to Henry Knox, April 10, 1789National Archives, Records of the Department of StateRead the document transcript.
Refer to CaptionDraft of note from President George Washington to his Cabinet concerning plans for taking of the presidential oath, February 27, 1793National Archives, Records of the Department of StateRead the document transcript.
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Documents Relating to Slaves who built the White House and U.S. Capitol

Documents showing that slave labor was used to build the White House and U.S. Capitol.

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Refer to CaptionVoucher for James Clagett for payment for work by Negro George for five months and three days (July-December 1794) at the President s House.National Archives, Records of the Commissioners of the City of Washington (Record Group 217).
Refer to CaptionMonthly Payroll for Laborers at the President s House, December 1794.National Archives, Records of the Commissioners of the City of Washington (Record Group 217).
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Refer to CaptionMonthly Payroll for Carpenters and Joiners at the President s House, February 1795.National Archives, Records of the Commissioners of the City of Washington (Record Group 217).
Refer to CaptionMonthly payroll of Carpenters and Joiners at the Capitol, June 1795.National Archives, Records of the Commissioners of the City of Washington (Record Group 217).
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