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On July 17, 1785, John Augustine Washington penned this letter to George Washington addressing it "My dear Brother." John informs George that during a recent visit to Mount Vernon a "great Coat of yours" and book became mixed-up with his own belongings. John then discusses one of George Washington's notable entrepreneurial activities - the breeding of mules. Seeking to emulate his brother, John suggests that George send one of his "Jack Asses" to Bushfield, John's plantation, to breed with his mares. Affectionately concluded with "…love and best wishes…," this brief letter illuminates the relationship between the brothers. More


July 17, 1785



  • Written - United States


Ink, laid paper


Overall: 9 3/8 in. x 7 3/8 in. (23.81 cm x 18.73 cm)


Purchased with funds donated by Mrs. William S. (Jeanie) Kilroy, Sr., 2008


Verso, bottom left corner, perpendicular to the letter's text, in brown ink: From / Colo Jn A Washington / July 1785


Verso, lower right, in brown ink: this family Join / me in love and best wishes for you my Sister / and the Family at Mt. Vernon. I am my dear / Brother Your very Afft & Obt / John Aug. Washington

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