William Sullivan (1774-1839) was a prominent Boston lawyer, Federalist politician, and author. Sullivan was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 1795, served on the Massachusetts General Court (1804-1830), and was a delegate to the Massachusetts Constitutional Convention (1830). From 1830, he devoted most of his career to writing about political institutions of the United States. In this selection from his book The Public Men of the Revolution, he describes how George Washington received his guests at the President’s House in Philadelphia, which was the capital of the country during the greater part of Washington’s tenure of office as President. I transcribed it in Simplified Gregg for the blog.