George Washington declined payment for his services as Commander in Chief and instead requested reimbursement for his expenses. During the War, Martha Washington annually ventured forth from Mount Vernon to join her husband at his winter encampment, returning to Virginia when the spring campaigns began. As they waited for final word of peace with Britain in the summer of 1783, General Washington submitted this bill to Congress for the travel expenses she incurred over the past eight years.


July 1, 1783




Ink, laid paper


Overall: 12 7/8 in. x 8 1/16 in. (32.7 cm x 20.48 cm)

Credit Line

Purchase, 1952

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Colors (Beta)

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