The story is whizzing around the Internet that George Washington checked out a couple of books from the New York Society Library in 1789 and failed to return them. One of them supposedly was the “Law of Nations” and the other Volume 12 of the House of Commons debates.
Fact or April Fool’s joke?
While it sounds too good to be true (from a birther perspective), it is apparently true, according to the library web site. Whether, as the email claims, George Washington was researching “natural born citizen” can only be left to speculation. The Constitution was written two years earlier.