Through the generosity of and endowment established by David M. Rubinstein the Washington Library has been able to purchase at auction rare books and manuscripts related to the life of George Washington.

Rubenstein Fund Purchase Summary thru 2016

The Monongahela, or Washington on the First Great Field of his Fame by George Washington Parke Custis, circa 1826

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An unpublished play written by the “adopted son of George Washington,” George Washington Parke Custis of Arlington House. 

The Virginia Almanack for the year 1777 by D. Rittenhouse (Williamsburg: Dixon and Hunter, 1776)

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An early Virginia almanac with manuscript notes chronicling a journey in Virginia and North Carolina, including a visit to Mount Vernon. 

Report of the Committee to whom was referred so much of the speech of the President of the United States: to both houses of Congress, as relates to the promotion of agriculture ([Philadelphia: Printed by William Ross, [1797])

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In his last message to Congress, George Washington argues for the government to collect and promote knowledge of agriculture.

A view of the soil and climate of the United States of America: with supplementary remarks upon Florida; on the French colonies on the Mississippi and Ohio, and in Canada; and on the aboriginal tribes of America by C -F Volney and Charles Brockden Brown (Philadelphia: by J. Conrad & Co.; Baltimore, M. & J. Conrad & Co.; [Philadelphia] Printed by T. & G. Palmer, 1804)

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Vonley's published account of his travels in America after he fled France to avoid imprisonment. Previously owned by Lawrence Washington. 

Tobias Lear to Burgess Ball, 15 December 1799

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Tobias Lear, Washington’s personal aide and friend, informed Burgess Ball of Washington’s passing. 

William Carlin receipt with George Washington notation, 26 June 1771

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Receipt for clothing of the Washington family from William Carlin, an Alexandria tailor.  

Andrew Elliott to Thomas Mifflin, 5 June 1794

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A letter from Andrew Elliott, the surveyor general of the United States, disapproving of Washington’s policies regarding Native Americans. 

United States, 16th January, 1794. Gentlemen of the Senate, and of the House of Representatives, I transmit for your information, certain intelligence lately received from Europe, as it relates to the subject of my past communications by George Washington ([Philadelphia: Printed by Childs and Swaine?, 1794])

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Gouverneur Morris' (Minister to France) diplomatic correspondence and the French response, as well as the report on the Navigation Act in which France severely restricted the activities of foreign shipping and navigation.

George Washington to Nathanael Greene, 31 March 1779

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While encamped at Middlebrook, New Jersey for the winter of 1779 George Washington wrote this letter to Nathanial Greene about trading one of his horses for another.  This letter was previously undocumented in the Papers of George Washington.

John Parke Custis to George Washington, 29 May 1778

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A letter from George Washington’s stepson while at Valley Forge informing him of changes in legislation and French support. 

George Washington to William Smith, 22 December 1757

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A letter from a young Washington subscribing to the American Magazine and Monthly Chronicle for the British Colonies

George Washington to David Stuart, 26 February 1798

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A three page letter written from Mount Vernon revealing Washington’s continued frustration with George Washington Parke Custis’ disinterest in education.   

George Washington to Burgess Ball, 4 August 1793

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George Washington writes to Burgess Ball about his concerns on the qualifications of his nephew, Lawrence Lewis, to be manager at Mount Vernon.

Washington archive of 20th century George Washington descendants, 1895-1964

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Bound sheet music for Eleanor “Nelly” Parke Custis, 1794

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A volume of bound opera music, La Cifra by Antonio Salieri with an inscription, likely in Washington’s hand: “Brought from Rome for E. P. Custis, presented by Signore Cerrachi, 1794.” 

Thomas Paine to John Hustler, 8 December 1789

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In this letter, friend then foe of Washington, Thomas Paine wrote to John Hustler on issues of a new constitution in France and directly transcribed Washington’s address to the Society of Quakers (written by him c. 13 October 1789, in response to their address, c. 3 October 1789).

Artist's proposal for subscription and receipt for the engraving America, paid by George William Fairfax and signed by Robert Edge Pine, 16 April 1776

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This broadside advertisement funded engraved copies of Robert Edge Pine's painting America. It was filled out by Pine on behalf of George William Fairfax who bought and sponsored five prints, one of which he gave to George Washington. 

George Washington to William Gordon, 10 August 1784

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Washington thanked Gordon for sending him newspapers from Boston.  He also informed Gordon that he was about to leave Virginia to tend to squatters on his lands near the Ohio River. 

The Independent Chronicle: and Universal Advertiser (Boston), 13-16 January 1800 Vol. 32, No. 1964

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Includes the address of Reverend Richard Allen of the African Methodist Episcopal Church of Philadelphia to his congregation on the death of George Washington.

The Port Folio (Philadelphia), 5 June 1802 Vol. 2, No. 22

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Includes a paragraph on the death of Martha Washington

Observations on the river Potomack, the country adjacent, and the city of Washington by Tobias Lear (New York: Printed by Loudon and Brower, in Water-Street., 1794)

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Duplicate edition of book from the library of George Washington.  This book includes the act which established the site of the capital in 1790 and then the regional survey for that purpose in 1791-92.

Mémoire contenant le précis des faits, avec leurs pièces justificatives. Pour servir de réponse aux Observations (sur le Mémoire de la France) envoyées par les Ministres d'Angleterre dans les Cours de l'Europe by Jacob Nicolas Moreau (Paris, 1756). First edition.

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This French publication of Washington’s Journal was created from Washington’s notes and other papers which were found by the French at Fort Necessity.  It was issued by the French government, and transmitted to the courts of Europe as a justification of the war with England and to support the French claim that Washington murdered Jumonville. 

Mémoire contenant le précis des faits, avec leurs pièces justificatives. Pour servir de réponse aux Observations (sur le Mémoire de la France) envoyées par les Ministres d'Angleterre dans les Cours de l'Europe by Jacob Nicolas Moreau (Paris, 1756). Second edition.

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This French publication of Washington’s Journal was created from Washington’s notes and other papers which were found by the French at Fort Necessity.  It was issued by the French government, and transmitted to the courts of Europe as a justification of the war with England and to support the French claim that Washington murdered Jumonville. 

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