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George Washington sent this purchase order, written in his own handwriting, to his agent in London, Robert Cary & Co., on June 20, 1768. Washington requests nails, buttons, scissors, linens, sugar and spices, fishing equipment, red sealing wax, gloves, shoe buckles, dress-goods, and similar items. One of the more stylish items on the list is, "1 Mans best Beaver Hatt." And for Martha he orders a green satin quilted petticoat and a handsome winter silk, in a color other than yellow, to be made into a "Sacque & Coat for a middle sized Woman."

This invoice is published in W. W. Abbot and Dorothy Twohig, eds., THE PAPERS OF GEORGE WASHINGTON: COLONIAL SERIES, vol. 8 (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1993), 100-102.


June 20, 1768



  • Written - United States


Ink, laid paper


Overall: 12 3/4 in. x 7 7/8 in. (32.39 cm x 20 cm)


Purchase, 1942


Recto, top, left of center, in brown ink: Geo Washington
Verso, above center, in brown ink: Go Washington

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