In going through their records, the New York Society Library discovered that on October 5, 1789 George Washington checked out two books, an essay on international affairs called Law of Nations and the twelfth volume of a collection of debates from the English House of Commons. Washington, who was president at the time, never returned the books. Probably too busy taking care of that new cherry tree his Dad had to plant. The library has calculated the fine to be about $300,000 but, according to the head librarian, “We’re not actively pursuing the overdue fines.” Yeah, it might be a little late for that.
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