This untitled note, docketed "Mr. Brookes observations," relates to land taxes George Washington accrued on property in Maryland during the Revolutionary War. While taxes owed stretched back to 1777, Sheriff Cawood of Charles County, his predecessor, and their collectors, failed to request payment for these taxes until 1785. For this reason, this document argues that Washington should not have to pay interest on these back taxes. Since Lund Washington was managing George Washington's estate during his absence, this document references a certificate by Lund describing that they were not informed in a timely manner.

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Date

c. 1787


People


Geography

  • Written - United States

Material/Technique

Ink, laid paper


Dimensions

Overall: 9 1/4 in. x 7 1/2 in. (23.5 cm x 19.05 cm)


Credit

Purchased by the A. Alfred Taubman Acquisition Endowment Fund, 2004


Marks

Verso, lower left, perpendicular to document's text, in brown ink: Mr. Brookes / observations


Object Number

MS-5764


Colors


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