Unreturned Book From George Washington Brought Back To Library

05.20.10 |

A piece of American history returns home to New York City. The city's oldest library -- the New York Society Library, once on Wall Street in lower Manhattan, is getting back a book that the nation's first President George Washington borrowed. Washington took out "The Law of Nations" in October 1789, shortly after taking office. But the book later sat for years at Washington's Mount Vernon estate in Virginia and was never returned. The Mount Vernon Executive Director James Rees is now making amends, giving the New York Society another copy of the same edition. The late fee, which would have been 300-thousand-dollars, has been waived.