From his camp at Valley Forge, George Washington honored a request made by Catharine Wilhelmina Livingston by sending a lock of his hair to her enclosed in this letter. Catharine, known as "Kitty", was the daughter of William Livingston, the governor of New Jersey and a personal friend of George Washington. Dated March 18, 1778, this letter says, "General Washington having been informed, lately, of the honor done him by Miss Kitty Livingston in wishing for a lock of his Hair, takes the liberty of inclosing one, accompanied by his most respectful compliments."



March 18, 1778



  • Written - United States


Ink, laid paper, red wax seal


Overall (open): 8 7/8 in. x 14 3/4 in. (22.54 cm x 37.47 cm)
Other (closed (silking)): 8 7/8 in. x 7 3/8 in. (22.54 cm x 18.73 cm)
Other (closed (image)): 8 7/8 in. x 7 1/8 in. (22.54 cm x 18.1 cm)


Gift of Elizabeth and Margaret Norton, 1925


Fourth page (verso when closed), center, horizontal to letter's text, in brown ink: Miss Kitty Livingston / Peicepany

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