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.
ADS (Autograph Document Signed) One page. Small watermark, center of sheet. Similar to Gravell, Foreign Watermarks 722. Watermark is difficult to make out. Verso, lower left, red wax seal to right of John Posey's signature and second red wax seal to right of George Washington's signature. Both have been covered with small squares of paper.
April 23, 1770
Ink, laid paper, red wax seal
Overall: 12 5/8 in. x 8 1/4 in. (32.07 cm x 20.96 cm)
* Object size compared to a tennis ball
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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