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President George Washington's $300,000 late-book fee
Herald Sun (Australia) ^ | April 18, 2010 | Herald Sun

Posted on 04/18/2010 9:51:54 PM PDT by I still care

GEORGE Washington racked up a $300,000 fee at the New York Library with two books he borrowed 220 years ago. America's first president never returned the books, on international law and parliamentary debates.

"We're not actively pursuing the overdue fines. But we would be very happy if we were able to get the books back," librarian Mark Bartlett said.

Washington's late fee went unnoticed for almost 150 years.

But in 1934 a dusty ledger was discovered in a rubbish heap in the library's basement, revealing the names of all the people who had borrowed books from the city's oldest library between July 1789 and April 1792.

Washington borrowed on October 5, 1789, the Law of Nations, a treatise on international relations, and Vol. 12 of the Commons Debates, which contained transcripts of debates from Britain's House of Commons.

(Excerpt) Read more at heraldsun.com.au ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government
KEYWORDS: birthcertificate; certifigate; devattel; lawofnations; library; mtvernon; naturalborncitizen; washington
Found this of all places in an Aussie paper. Thought it was interesting -The books Washington checked out were books on International Laws and Treaties, and a book of Transcripts of Parliament debates.

Just more proof how seriously Washington took his responsibilites to educate himself on how this new nation should establish itself.

Can you imagine Obama taking out a book on established international law within his first year? It's obvious he's clueless about it, or he wouldn't have insulted every ally we have.

1 posted on 04/18/2010 9:51:54 PM PDT by I still care
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President George Washington 'borrowed' the legal reference book "Law of Nations".
George Washington Racks Up Late Fees at NYC Library ^
President George Washington racks up $300,000 late fee for two Manhattan library books ^
George Washington racks up late fees at NY library ^
2 posted on 04/18/2010 9:56:31 PM PDT by BlessedBeGod (New Wizard of Oz: Pelosi as the Wicked Witch of the West & Michelle as the Wicked Witch of the East.)
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He’d probably take out Twilight and lie and say it was one of the girls’ when pressed.


3 posted on 04/18/2010 9:56:33 PM PDT by Rastus
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4 posted on 04/18/2010 9:59:21 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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Bookman!


5 posted on 04/18/2010 10:01:47 PM PDT by Zeppelin (Keep on FReepin' on...)
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btt


6 posted on 04/18/2010 10:06:02 PM PDT by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat ( Islamia Delenda Est ))
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It was probably one of his staff that checked out the books using Georges library card, hehe.


7 posted on 04/18/2010 10:11:06 PM PDT by Ciexyz
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he was reading the book on “post America”, something like that.


8 posted on 04/18/2010 10:22:00 PM PDT by machogirl (First they came for my tagline.)
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That looks like the largest book fine ever. Good thing they are not “actively pursuing it” because it would no doubt bankrupt his descendents particularly if the burden fell one to just one person.


9 posted on 04/18/2010 10:27:00 PM PDT by Republic_of_Secession.
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Washington may have skated on the library books but there is a cadre of feds still looking for him for removing the tag from his mattress!


10 posted on 04/18/2010 10:29:36 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Craven spirits wear their master's collars but real men would rather feed the battlefield's vultures)
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It was probably one of his staff that checked out the books using George's library card, hehe.
11 posted on 04/18/2010 10:29:56 PM PDT by Ciexyz
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ha, while we should be sympathetic to libraries trying to retain books in their collections, there must be an informal statute of limitations on the accumulating fines!! If they are out there somewhere the books would likely be worth huge amounts to collectors now, but assuming they are not in GW’s known estate and library they seem to be lost to history.... anyway, who’s to pay? Take it out of National Park revenues for administering Mt. Vernon?? I think not....

Who knows, maybe this info will spur an interest in any surviving copies of these works and increase their value.... maybe someone will even dig up the NY library copies if they have survived in some collection somewhere....


12 posted on 04/18/2010 10:30:28 PM PDT by Enchante (Obama and Brennan think that 20% of terrorists re-joining the battle is just fine with them)
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I.The books Washington checked out were books on International Laws and Treaties, and a book of Transcripts of Parliament debates.

Just more proof how seriously Washington took his responsibilites to educate himself on how this new nation should establish itself.


De Vattel's - Law of Nations:




13 posted on 04/18/2010 10:39:05 PM PDT by Red Steel
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Bush's fault. His administration should have settled it.
14 posted on 04/18/2010 10:40:46 PM PDT by Bronzy
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Then George Washington knows that Barack Obama is not eligible to be U.S. President, if BHO-I is really his father, as he of course claims.


15 posted on 04/18/2010 11:04:02 PM PDT by unspun (PRAY & WORK FOR FREEDOM - investigatingobama.blogspot.com)
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Washington borrowed on October 5, 1789, the Law of Nations, a treatise on international relations

Even as it racks up late fees, that one also wastes time on FR.

16 posted on 04/18/2010 11:12:41 PM PDT by cynwoody
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There is no proof it wasn’t returned.


17 posted on 04/18/2010 11:18:29 PM PDT by Paladin2
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If he hadn’t been posted, I’d have done it. Proud of you for getting Bookman in at post #4!


18 posted on 04/18/2010 11:32:29 PM PDT by Yaelle
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So, he cut down a cherry tree and did not return a few library books.

See my profile page for some REAL presidential crimes.
(In no particular order.)

19 posted on 04/19/2010 12:17:26 AM PDT by Slyfox
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Hmmm. I did a search for both Washington and library. I’m not quite sure why I didn’t see previous postings.


20 posted on 04/19/2010 12:36:19 AM PDT by I still care (I believe in the universality of freedom -George Bush, asked if he regrets going to war.)
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Evidence that Vattel, The Law of Nations, was the authority that our nation's founders turned to. It defines a natural born citizen in such a way as to exclude the son of a foreigner. A providential discovery! Annuit coeptis!
21 posted on 04/19/2010 5:54:17 AM PDT by Genoa (Luke 12:2)
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That looks like the largest book fine ever.Good thing they are not “actively pursuing it

Look for Bloomberg to put pressure on the library to pursue it to help with the budget crisis!

22 posted on 04/19/2010 5:57:42 AM PDT by capydick (''Life's tough.......it's even tougher if you're stupid.'')
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IOW, Obama is a natural born fraud.


23 posted on 04/19/2010 6:51:15 AM PDT by edge919
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But in 1934 a dusty ledger was discovered in a rubbish heap in the library’s basement,


Great organization - throws away book recording 18th century customers;

That’s the government for ya!!!


24 posted on 04/19/2010 9:06:21 AM PDT by DontTreadOnMe2009 (So stop treading on me already!)
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Heh. This probably doesn't rate the ping list, but I thought it was kind of interesting.
25 posted on 04/19/2010 9:13:30 AM PDT by El Sordo (The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.)
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One would expect an evil white slave owner to not return his library book. He was probably keeping the book with full knowledge that a female minority member needed it to finish her doctoral thesis at Columbia.


26 posted on 04/19/2010 9:16:36 AM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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DeGroot Hello Mr. Bundy, I've been expecting you.

A two young boys are also in the library. One grabs a book and hides it in his jacket. His friend stops him.

BKBOY Hey man, don't Bundy that book!

The boy, looking at Al, puts the book back.

DeGroot You're quite famous, you know. This week we've had 34 overdue books returned by mail. With checks. The children are terrified and treat each book like fine China. Mr. Bundy, You've become the Freddie Krueger of the library system.

Al Bundy Miss DeGroot, does the word "suey" mean anything to ya?

DeGroot Oh, children, quiet down or you'll end up like this man.

DeGroot starts packing up some things.

DeGroot You know, Mr. Bundy, I've worked at this library for 44 years. I was eligible for retirement 3 years ago. Do you know why I stayed?

Al You learned to eat books?

27 posted on 04/19/2010 9:22:57 AM PDT by dfwgator
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