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When George William and Sally Fairfax moved to England before the Revolutionary War, they asked their neighbor and friend George Washington to help them rent their Belvoir estate and sell the mansion's furnishings. On August 15, 1774, Washington administered an auction of their furniture, utensils, and books and docketed this inventory titled Sales of Furniture at Belvoir. This document includes items listed for sale, their selling prices, and purchaser's totals. Purchasers listed include Washington and his stepson John Parke Custis. George Washington was the high bidder of the event, spending a grand total of £169.12.6, over half the total receipts.


AD (Autograph Document) The central text of the document is not in Washington's hand, but it is docketed by him on the verso. One page, folio. The upper 2/3 of the document is mounted onto thick wove paper. The large sheet is folded once vertically and once horizontally. Medium watermark, bottom of sheet. Similar to Gravell, Foreign Watermarks 318.


August 15, 1774




Ink, laid paper


Other (closed): 12 in. x 9 1/2 in. (30.48 cm x 24.13 cm)
Other (open (sheet)): 18 5/8 in. x 14 3/4 in. (47.31 cm x 37.47 cm)
Overall (open (including mount)): 18 3/4 in. x 16 1/8 in. (47.63 cm x 40.96 cm)

Credit Line

Purchase, 1991


Verso, right side, center, horizontal to interior text, in brown ink: Sales / of Furniture [indecipherable mark] / at Belvoir / Augt. 1774 [in George Washington's hand]

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