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GEORGE WASHINGTON (1732 - 1799) First President of the United States and commander of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. Fine A.L.S. "Go: Washington", 1p., 7 3/4" x 12 1/2", Mount Vernon, July 24, 1788, addressed on the verso by Washington to "David Stuart Esquire/Abingdon". In full, "From Mr. Lund Washington's I received your letter of the 20th instant enclosing Mr. Hopkins's Acct., receipts, &c. - Enclosed you have a receipt for the amount of your statement; specifying the several articles which constitute the aggregate sum of £567.10.5. I am Yr. affect. & Obedt. Serv." Physician David Stuart was the stepfather of Martha Washington's grandchildren. In 1791, President Washington appointed Stuart as one of the three commissioners to survey the territory and set the boundaries of what would be called the City of Washington, District of Columbia, pursuant to "An Act for establishing the Temporary and Permanent Seat of the Government of the United States". Lund Washington (1737-1796) was a distant cousin of George Washington, who lived at Mount Vernon and served Washington as business manager. In April, Washington had written to John Hopkins, thanking him for offering to settle his tax bill with the sheriff. It concerned frontier taxes on land he owned bordering the Great Kanawha River as well as land on the Ohio. He had told Hopkins to use warrants, certificates, and indents, which he had enclosed, to pay the taxes. The warrants included repayment to Washington for expenses he furnished for use of the Virginia militia. No doubt this letter, which is not in Fitzpatrick, concerns Hopkins' accounting and receipts of the payment of Washington's taxes. A superb example with the bonus of a second "Washington" signature in the text. Darkly penned, folds reinforced on the verso, with an expert repair to the seal tear. Very good.
Estimate $ 15,000-18,000

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