Label

This is a portion of the letter George Washington sent from his camp at Cambridge on November 26, 1775, to his cousin and farm manager, Lund Washington, regarding the management of Mount Vernon and Lund's responsibilities during the General's absence. It details wages, hospitality to be shown, and the precautions to be taken against attacks by the enemy from the river. Washington's generosity is apparent, "Let the Hospitality of the House with respect to the Poor, be kept up; Let no one go hungry away…"

Description

ALS (Autograph Letter Signed) Letter is incomplete. Two sheets, each with recto and verso, creating four pages. First two pages contain the letter's text, the third page is blank, and the fourth page contains an integral letter cover. Large watermark, center of first page. Similar to Gravell, FOREIGN WATERMARKS 750. Large watermark, center of third page. Similar to Gravell, FOREIGN WATERMARKS 749. Losses interfere with letter "T" and letter "N". Also, a large loss along the left edge of the page was mended with similar paper which contains a partial large watermark similar to Gravell, FOREIGN WATERMARKS 750.

Date

November 26, 1775


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Geography


Material/Technique

Ink, laid paper


Dimensions

Overall (open): 12 3/4 in. x 16 in. (32.39 cm x 40.64 cm)
Other (closed): 12 3/4 in. x 8 in. (32.39 cm x 20.32 cm)


Credit Line

Purchase, 1950


Marks

Fourth page (verso when closed), center of page, written perpendicular to letter's text, in brown ink: Camb: Novr 27 [indecipherable] / 10=16 / To / Mr. Lund Washington / at Mount Vernon / near Alexandria / Virginia

Fourth page (verso when closed), right side of page, in brown ink: Novembr 26th 1775/ my wages.


Signed

Second page (left side when opened), bottom right, in brown ink: Yr Affecte friend & Servt / Go Washington


Object Number

A-516.8


Colors (Beta)


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