A caring and involved father, George Washington wrote this letter to his stepson's tutor, the Reverend Jonathan Boucher. In it he instructs his ward's tutor to enroll John Parke Custis with a particular dancing master. Written from Mount Vernon on April 24, 1769, Washington states, "In respect to the Dancing Gentry, I am glad to find you have such choice of them, …Newman...I have heard him well spoken of as a teacher in that Science…you will be so good therefore Sir to enter Mastr Custis with Mr. Newman for a year or otherwise, as he may form his School."


ALS (Autograph Letter Signed) One large sheet of paper is folded in half to create four pages. Two pages contain the text of the letter, and the fourth page (verso when closed) contains an integral letter cover. Small watermark, center of sheet. Similar to Gravell, Foreign Watermarks 722. A small fill interferes with the watermark.


April 24, 1769




Ink, laid paper, residue from red wax seal


Overall (closed silking): 8 in. x 6 5/8 in. (20.32 cm x 16.83 cm)
Other (closed image): 8 in. x 6 3/8 in. (20.32 cm x 16.19 cm)
Other (open): 8 in. x 13 1/4 in. (20.32 cm x 33.66 cm)

Credit Line

Purchase, 1964


Fourth page (verso when closed), center, written perpendicular to interior text, in brown ink: Postage Paid / To / The Revd Jn. Boucher / In / Caroline
Fourth page (verso when closed), lower center, upside down in relation to interior text, in bleeding brown ink: April 24th / 1769


Second page, center right, in brown ink: Rev Sir Yr Most Obedt Hble Servt / Go Washington

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Colors (Beta)

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