Preparing to vacate the presidency, George Washington sold his team of coach horses to his close friend Mrs. Powel. He writes this letter hoping to convince her to also buy his coach, "As the Coach would be lonesome without the horses- and the horses might repine for want of their Coach (having been wedded together Seven years) you had better take both." This letter is a rare example of the relaxed, affectionate and humorous side of Washington's personality.

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Date

February 6, 1797


People


Geography

  • Written - United States

Material/Technique

Ink, laid paper, red wax seal


Dimensions

Overall (closed): 9 3/4 in. x 8 in. (24.77 cm x 20.32 cm)
Overall (open): 9 3/4 in. x 16 in. (24.77 cm x 40.64 cm)


Credit

Purchased with funds donated by Mrs. Richard Alexander, Vice Regent Emerita for Rhode Island and the Hamilton family, 2003


Marks

Fourth page (verso when closed), center, written perpendicular to interior text, in brown ink, in George Washington's hand: Mrs. Powell
Fourth page (verso when closed), center, in brown ink, in Elizabeth Willing Powel's hand: G Washington President of / the U- States February 6th 1797


Signed

Second page (left side when open), center, in brown ink: Truly & affectionately / I have the honor to be / Your Most Obedt & Obliged / Go: Washington


Object Number

MS-5712


Colors


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