X:1 % T:Washings [sic] Assembly M:6/8 L:1/8 R:Jig or March S:Seth Johnson – Woburn Fife Manuscript (c. 1807-40?, p. 18) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:G D|GAG G2g|gfe d2d|BAG BAG|AFD D2D| GAG G2g|gfe d2d|BAG AGF|GAG G2:| |:D|DED D2d|dcB c2D|DED D2c|cBA B2D| GAG G2g|gfe d2d|BAG AGF|GAG G2:| |:c|BAB G2c|BAB G2c|BAG dcB|AFD D2c| BAB G2c|BAB G2G|Bcd ded|cBA G2:|]
WASHINGTON'S ASSEMBLY. AKA - "Washington Assembly," "Washings Assembly." American, Jig (6/8 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCC. The melody appears in a few American musicians' manuscripts of the very early 19th century, including the copybooks of Thomas Cushing (1805) and Seth Johnson ("Woburn Fife Manuscript", c. 1807-40?), however, the country dance directions for Washington('s) Assembly were entered into several period manuscript and printed dance figure collections. The tune formed the basis for at least one popular song ("Washington and Independence, or A Favorite Patriotic Song"). It was issued on a single sheet in Boston by music publisher Gottlieb Graupner around 1811.