George Washington's Library Book Returned

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President George Washington checked out a book at the New York Society Library 221 years ago. The book was never returned. The staff at Mount Vernon, Washington's home in Virginia, didn't want him to go down in history as a deadbeat bookwork, so they returned a copy of the book. The original is long gone.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

And our last word in business today is better late than never.

Two hundred and twenty-one years ago, President George Washington checked out a book from a library in New York. It was the beginning of his administration. He might have been busy, but whatever the cause, he never returned that book. Upon hearing news stories of the missing book, the staff at Mount Vernon, Washington's home in Virginia, didn't want their president to go down in history as a deadbeat bookworm. Since the original book is long gone, yesterday, a copy of "The Law of Nations" was presented to the New York Society Library.

The library apparently waved the fine, which by now would've grown to about $300,000.

And that's the business news on MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

LYNN NEARY, host:

And I'm Lynn Neary.

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