Copy of a statement by John West Jr., Sheriff of Fairfax Co., dated May 20, 1760, reporting the sale, on behalf of the commissioners of the Clifton tract, to George Washington, the highest bidder, for the sum of £1210. This purchase was George Washington's first addition to his Mount Vernon plantation. On the verso is a copy of the commissioners' report of the sale of the Clifton property and their acknowledgment of receipt of the money. Analysis of the handwriting has led experts to believe this copy was transcribed by George Washington.

For other documents on this topic see A-680.1, A-680.4 and A-680.6. More


May 20, 1760



  • Written - United States


Ink, laid paper


Overall (silking): 11 3/4 in. x 7 3/4 in. (29.85 cm x 19.69 cm)
Other (image): 11 3/4 in. x 7 1/2 in. (29.85 cm x 19.05 cm)


Purchase, 1953


Varso, lower left, in brown ink: The Rec. [indecipherable] above money / are acknowledged


Recto, end of text, in brown ink: John West Jun. Sherif of Fairfax
Verso bottom right, end of text, in brown ink: Go. Wm. Fairfax / Cha. Green . Jn. West Junr.

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