INDIAN QUEEN TAVERN. WASHINGTON CITY.

INDIAN QUEEN TAVERN. WASHINGTON CITY.

[Washington City]: Dan'l McKeowin, Dr. [Nov.2] 1814. Decorative partly printed billhead with the establishment's name, an eagle vignette and Washington City all enclosed in an oval border. 27 x 12 cm. The tavern owner's name, Dan'l. McKeowin is printed below the oval, and the year 18[14 in ms.]. A manuscript bill for 12 days lodging, several meals, wine, whiskey, washing, and fire, a total of $36.96, is made out to The Hon. W. Hale and signed as paid by Thos. H. Herndon. Likely this was William Hale (1765-1848), a New Hampshire congressman. He was elected as a Federalist to the Eleventh Congress, serving from 1809-11, and again to the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Congress, from 1813-17.
A McKeowin's Hotel and an Indian Queen Hotel were both located in Washington City in the early years of the 19th century. They may be one and the same, though that is not clear. The 'Indian Queen Tavern' does not turn up, yet here it clearly is. Both McKeowin's Hotel and the Indian Queen Hotel were situated on the northwest corner of 6th and Pennsylvania, which is midway between the Capitol and the White House. The White House and the Capitol along with other government building had been burned by British troops on August 24, 1814. Congress would not reconvene till September 19. An incredible ephemeral piece shedding light on food, housing, and other costs associated early in the Capitol city's history. Item #63771

Price: $750.00

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