PRESIDENT GEORGE WASHINGTON - RECEIPT SIGNED 07/10/1771 - HFSID 347979
GEORGE WASHINGTON Four years before he took command of American forces at Boston, the future President signs a receipt for the purchase of oyster shells Receipt signed in text: "George Washington", 1 page, 6½x2½. Matted and framed to an overall size of 13¼x20½.
Sale Price $32,400.00
GEORGE WASHINGTON Four years before he took command of American forces at Boston, the future President signs a receipt for the purchase of oyster shells Receipt signed in text: "George Washington", 1 page, 6½x2½. Matted and framed to an overall size of 13¼x20½. No place, 1771 July 10. In a business dealing with an illiterate man, Washington writes his own name and also the name of the oyster dealer, next to the latter's mark. In full: "Received from George Washington One pound seven shillings and three pence in full for the within shells. Chas his mark [showing] Lewis". Also docked by Washington at right margin: "No. 68 Ch Lewis/L1"7"0/10 July 1771/L". George Washington (1732-1799), who became known as the "Father of His Country", set precedents for future Presidents by limiting his service as first U.S. President to two terms, and - indeed - by refusing to seek a kingship. A delegate to the Continental Congress from Virginia (1774-1775) and member of the U.S. Constitutional Convention (1787), Washington was also known for his contributions to American freedom with his leadership of the Continental Army during the American Revolution. While not a brilliant tactical general, Washington accomplished the nearly impossible task of keeping his volunteer army in the field against the veteran forces of the British superpower long enough to achieve victories. As President, despite his personal inclinations toward the more conservative party soon known as Federalists, Washington sought to rise above partisanship, appointing the brilliant arch-rivals Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson to his Cabinet. His Farewell Address upon leaving the Presidency, advising the nation to avoid "permanent entanglements" with foreign powers, guided US foreign policy for more than a century. On his Virginia estate, Mount Vernon, Washington conducted business, of course. Oyster shells have many practical uses, including paving and landscaping. Abbot's The Papers of George Washington, vol. 8, lists a purchase of 136 bushels of oyster shells for this exact amount. Single fold at center, very bold ink. Otherwise, fine condition. Not framed in the Gallery of History style. Accompanied by PSA/DNA LOA.
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