Monday, April 19, 2010

"Never mind the cherry tree -- where are the library books?"

The New York Society Library recently discovered that two overdue library books checked out long ago had never been returned. Sadly, it's a bit late now, since they were checked out on October 5, 1789, by a patron who was simply identified as "president."

As in the President. As in George Washington.

Yes, the Father Of Our Country owes the New York Society Library about $300,000 in overdue book fees, factoring in inflation. The library insists they only want the books back, but alas, they seemed to have disappeared. (No doubt the First Dog ate them.)

And what were these now irreplaceable volumes? Law of Nations, and a volume of debate transcripts from the British House of Commons.

Hope George enjoyed them.

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