This summary of court pleas describes a lengthy and frustrating case in which George Washington was a plaintiff on behalf of Margaret Savage. As her trustee, Washington and fellow trustee Bryan Fairfax were attempting to collect the money that her husband had promised in regular payments secured by a trust bond. The case was complicated by the fact that Mrs. Savage, apparently under duress, made inconsistent statements regarding Dr. Savage's obligation to make payments. While the pleas detailed here date from 1772 until 1774, the appeal continued after Savage's death and plagued Washington until his death in 1799. More


May 17, 1774



  • Written - United States


Ink, laid paper


Other (closed): 11 3/4 in. x 7 7/8 in. (29.85 cm x 20 cm)
Overall (open): 11 3/4 in. x 15 3/4 in. (29.85 cm x 40.01 cm)


Purchase, 1948


Fourth page (verso when closed), below and to the right of center, in brown ink: Washington / vs. / Savage ["S" underlined] }Record

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