The association of two great Virginia statesmen is preserved in this rare document- George Washington's land agreement with George Mason, dated April 21, 1769. Surveys inherited in Washington's day were often inaccurate and this land agreement settled a long-standing dispute concerning the boundary line that divided Mount Vernon from Mason's property. This folio incorporates both a legal contract and the elements of a survey that Washington himself undertook in 1769. The document is endorsed with a bold signature by George Washington. This agreement resulted in George Washington's purchase of a narrow strip of 100 acres of land from George Mason.

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Date

April 21, 1769


People


Geography

  • Written - United States

Material/Technique

Ink, laid paper


Dimensions

Overall: 12 1/2 in. x 7 5/8 in. (31.75 cm x 19.37 cm)


Credit

Gift of Frances R. Hoeft, Josephine R. Powell, and Jean P. Robinson in memory of their grandmother, Frances Virginia Johnston Robinson, and their parents, Thomas Wilfred and Editha Roland Robinson, 1981


Marks

Verso, bottom left corner, written perpendicular to text on recto, in brown ink: Agreement between / George Washington + / George Mason [indecipherable] / to their Lands between / Dogue Run + the South / Branch of little Hunting / creek / April 21st: 1769. [year underlined]


Signed

Recto, bottom right, below text, in brown ink: Go Washington


Object Number

MS-4556


Colors


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