A remarkably early example of George Washington's autograph, he signed this document when only 17 years old. His signature appears on this document as a witness to a lease executed to a portion of the Mount Vernon estate, then under the control of his half-brother Lawrence Washington. Also, this document is unique in that it bears the unknown signature of Sarah Carlyle. Henry Trenn who penned the document describes the agreement, "…a Lease for the Term of nine hundred ninety and nine Years of all the Land which is at this present overflowed by the sd. Washington's Mill Dam…"


DS (Document Signed) One full page. Large watermark, center of sheet. Extremely similar to Gravell, Foreign Watermarks 382. The only difference is that on this document's watermark the "I" in the bottom circle is not visible. Also similar to Briquet 3246, but with different symbols in the lower two circles. Wax seal, right edge, after Henry Trenn's signature. The image on the wax seal is illegible.


March 1, 1749/50




Ink, laid paper, red wax seal


Overall: 12 1/4 in. x 8 1/2 in. (31.12 cm x 21.59 cm)

Credit Line

Purchase, 1947


Verso, in brown ink:
Henry Trenn's Bond / for performance of / Covenants


Signed on recto at end of text, in brown ink:
his / Henry H Trenn / Mark

Signed on recto lower left, in brown ink:
In Presence of / Sarah Carlyle / Anne Cary / G. Washington

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Colors (Beta)

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