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M-97: George Washington Collection

HISTORY: George Washington (1732-1799) was Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolution and first President of the United States, 1789-1797. The letters were an early donation to the Mercantile Library.

SCOPE: The collection dates from 1780 to 1799. Subjects of letters range from government to gardening. Documents are one discharge paper of Robert Wherry and one military pass for Mr. Tobias Lawrence. Names of addressees include James Madison, Landon Carter, Esq., William Hunter, Reverend Thorton Fleming, Valantine Cooke, William McLenaham, Jabez Huntington, and Hon. James Wood. (Most have been authenticated by Mount Vernon Ladies' Association.)

1 letter(copy), May 20, 1792.
To James Madison Concerning Problems of government.

1 document, June, 1783.
D.S.Discharge paper, Robert Wherry.

1 letter, September 11, 1799. A.L.S.
To Landon Carter, Esq. concerning farming.

1 letter, February 27, 1786. A.L.S.
To Mr. [William] Hunter, integral address cover docketed by Hunter.
[Authenticated by Mount Vernon Ladies' Association]

1 letter, January 30, 1793. L>S> Text of the letter in the handwriting of Tobias Lear.
To the Rev.nd Thornton Fleming, Valantine Cooke and William McLenaham.
[Authenticated by Mount Vernon Ladies' Association]

1 note. A.N> Third person note, Signature within text.
To Mr. [William] Hunter.
[Authenticated by Mount Vernon ladies' Association]

1 document, September 4, 1780. [Forgery-Robert Spring]
Military pass for Mr. Tobais Lawrence.
[Authenticated by Mount Vernon Ladies' Association]

1 letter, April 16, 1781. [Forgery- Robert Spring]
To Jabez Huntington.
[Authenticated by Mount Vernon Ladies' Association]

1 letter, September 12, 1796. [Forgery- unknown]
To James Wood.
[Authenticated by Mount Verson Ladies' Association]

HOLDINGS: 7 letters; 2 documents

ACCESS: Some of the material may be photocopied, digitally scanned or photographed, subject to condition.

NOTE: Please also see the Alexander Hamilton Collection (M-039), for an additional George Washington postage endorsement signature on a Valley Forge letter dictated by Hamilton. 

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