Paul Revere (1734—1818)

by Paul Revere (1734—1818)

 

by Paul Revere (1734—1818)

Silver; 21.9 x 18.4 x 13 cm (8 5/8 x 7 1/4 x 5 1/8 in). Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT.

by Paul Revere (1734—1818)

Copper and wood.

by Paul Revere (1734—1818)

Silver; H: 3.7 cm (1 7/16 in), Diameter: 5.1 cm (2 in). Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT.

by Paul Revere (1734—1818)

 

Engraving and print by Paul Revere (1734—1818)

Full title: A View of Part of the Town of Boston in New-England and Brittish Ships of War Landing Their Troops! 1768

engraving by Paul Revere (1734—1818)

Print. Copied from an engraving by

by Paul Revere (1734—1818)

Used in the trial of eight British soldiers who were prosecuted in November 1770; six were acquitted.

Engraving by Paul Revere (1734—1818)

 

by Paul Revere (1734—1818)

Engraved print; 13.4 x 11 cm (5 1/4 x 4 5/16 in). Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT.

Washington’s refusal to accept a salary for his services was emblematic of his somewhat ostentatious public virtue. He did open a public expense account, however, and some have claimed that he made money from it by overcharging Congress. In fact, the £150 per month that he requested for expenses was not just for him, but also for his entourage, which sometimes swelled to a crowd. His account books, which still exist, list charges for things like ferry fares, innkeepers’ fees, candlesticks, saddle repair, meat, fruit, mounds of cabbages and beets, and (admittedly) oceans of grog, liquor, and wine. Washington even charged Congress for fifteen shillings Cash paid a beggar by the General’s order. But although he was not averse to placing his headquarters in the occasional mansion, he otherwise made do with precious few luxuries.

Edward G. Lengel
General George Washington: A Military Life (2005)