While presiding over the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, George Washington wrote this detailed letter of instruction for the care of Mount Vernon to his nephew and farm manager George Augustine Washington. Dated September 2, 1787, Washington provides directions for farming, furnishing the mansion, caring for his servants, and managing expenses. Regarding the decoration of the small dining room Washington says, "I am sorry to find that the Green paint which was got to give the Dining room another Coat should have turned out so bad; such impositions (besides the disappointment) are really shameful."

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Date

September 2, 1787


People


Geography

  • Written - United States

Material/Technique

A: Ink, laid paper B: Ink, wove paper


Dimensions

Overall (MS-5821/A: open): 12 1/2 in. x 15 1/2 in. (31.75 cm x 39.37 cm)
Other (MS-5821/A; closed): 12 1/2 in. x 7 3/4 in. (31.75 cm x 19.69 cm)
Overall (MS-5821/B): 3 1/2 in. x 11 1/4 in. (8.89 cm x 28.58 cm)


Credit

Purchased with funds donated by Jack Overstreet, 2007


Marks

A:
Fourth page (verso when closed), right edge just below center, perpendicular to letter's text, in brown ink: From / General Washington / 2 Sepr 1787 ?

B:
None


Signed

A:
Third page (right side when open), below center, in brown ink: Dr George ? / Yr. Affect Uncle / Go Washington

B:
None


Object Number

MS-5821/A-B


Colors


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