When George William and Sally Fairfax moved to England before the Revolutionary War, they asked their neighbor and friend George Washington to help them rent their Belvoir estate and sell the mansion's furnishings. On August 15, 1774, Washington administered an auction of their furniture, utensils, and books and docketed this inventory titled Sales of Furniture at Belvoir. This document includes items listed for sale, their selling prices, and purchaser's totals. Purchasers listed include Washington and his stepson John Parke Custis. George Washington was the high bidder of the event, spending a grand total of £169.12.6, over half the total receipts.



August 15, 1774



  • Written - United States


Ink, laid paper


Other (closed): 12 in. x 9 1/2 in. (30.48 cm x 24.13 cm)
Other (open (sheet)): 18 5/8 in. x 14 3/4 in. (47.31 cm x 37.47 cm)
Overall (open (including mount)): 18 3/4 in. x 16 1/8 in. (47.63 cm x 40.96 cm)


Purchase, 1991


Verso, right side, center, horizontal to interior text, in brown ink: Sales / of Furniture [indecipherable mark] / at Belvoir / 15.th Augt. 1774 [in George Washington's hand]

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