This receipt, in the handwriting of George Washington, records his purchase of a horse from his brother-in-law, Burwell Bassett. The document, dated May 19, 1768, and signed by Burwell Bassett, states that Washington made a payment of £17 to Bassett. The receipt further specifies that the horse was "for the use of Master Custis." Washington was referring here to the young John Parke Custis. This transaction is entered in Washington's Ledger A where, on the same page under the date June 6, the purchase of a second horse for the fourteen year old Master Custis is also noted.


AD (Autograph Document) One small page.


May 19, 1768




Ink, laid paper


Overall: 4 in. x 6 1/2 in. (10.16 cm x 16.51 cm)

Credit Line

Purchase, 1975


Verso, top left corner, written perpendicular to text on recto, in brown ink: Colo. Bassett [indecipherable] / £ 17-0-0


Recto, center right, in brown ink: Burl Bassett
Recto, bottom right, in brown ink: GWP Custis

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