On January 22, 1755, at the young age of 22, George Washington wrote this document to acknowledge receipt of blacksmithing tools he purchased from Adam Stephen. Titled "Sundry Smith's Tools sold to George Washington" it lists tools such as bellows, tongs, an anvil and other materials related to the craft. These were to be used at Mount Vernon, probably for repairs to the estate. The receipt demonstrates Washington's early involvement with the Mount Vernon estate, which he had begun to rent just a month earlier. The receipt is the earliest evidence in our collection of blacksmithing on the estate.



January 22, 1755



  • Written - United States


Ink, laid paper


Overall: 12 3/8 in. x 7 5/8 in. (31.43 cm x 19.37 cm)


Purchased with funds donated by the Mid-West Tool Collectors Association, 2003


Verso, lower left edge, perpendicular to document's text, in brown ink: Colo Stephen N:4 / £ 10.15.0 / 22.d Jan: 1755 / S


Recto, top right corner, in the title of the document, in brown ink: Geo [loss] / Washington
Recto, center right, in first line of the receipt's text, in brown ink: George Washington
Recto, lower left, in fourth line of the receipt's text, in brown ink: Mr. G. Washington
Recto, bottom right, at end of document's text, in brown ink: Adam Stephen
Recto, bottom left, in brown ink: Tho: Cowper

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