This document, written by George Washington and signed by him nine times, is his agreement with his neighbor, Captain John Posey, to lease seven acres of Posey's land. Thomas Bishop, Robert Adams, and Lund Washington all signed as witnesses. This key parcel of land was located on the Potomac River very close to Washington's fishing and shipping operations. With this lease, Washington assumed the management of Posey's ferry. Washington continued to lease this land until 1772, when he was finally able to purchase it from Posey. This document serves as a wonderful example of Washington the farmer and entrepreneur.

For other documents concerning this tract of land see A-481.1 and MS-5874. More


April 23, 1770



  • Written - United States


Ink, laid paper, red wax seal


Overall: 12 5/8 in. x 8 1/4 in. (32.07 cm x 20.96 cm)


Gift of Bruce M. Waldack, 2001


Includes eight full "George Washington" signatures in the text.
Recto, lower left edge, in brown ink: Robert Adam [underlined]
Recto, lower left edge, in brown ink: Lund Washington
Recto, lower left edge, in brown ink: Tho: Bishop
Recto, lower right edge, in brown ink: Jon Posey
Recto, lower left edge, in brown ink: Go Washington

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