George Washington wrote this manuscript just after his final defeat of the British at Yorktown. The manuscript includes two letters from Washington to Timothy Pickering dated October 30, 1781, and November 5, 1781. The letters are both in the hand of aide-de-camp Jonathan Trumbull Jr. and signed by Washington. In these letters, General Washington authorizes the payment of the Southern army troops using funds from a British military war chest. Pickering is instructed to give a total of 350 pounds to Colonel Edward Carrington for this purpose. Carrington signs for receipt of this money on November 6, 1781.
DS (Document signed) There are two letters on this four page document. Both letters are in the hand of John Trumbull Jr. and signed by Washington. One sheet is folded in half to create four pages. The first page contains the text of the October 30, 1781, letter. The second page contains the text of the November 5, 1781, letter. The third page contains a receipt of money by Colonel Carrington. The fourth page is docketed. Small watermark, center of sheet when opened. Gravell, AMERICAN WATERMARKS 477.
October 30, 1781, and November 5, 1781
Ink, laid paper
Overall (opened): 8 1/4 in. x 13 1/4 in. (20.96 cm x 33.66 cm)
Overall (closed): 8 1/4 in. x 6 5/8 in. (20.96 cm x 16.83 cm)
Gift of the Georgetown Presbyterian Church, Washington, D.C. and Mrs. James Syng Armstrong, 2000
Conservation courtesy of the Roller-Bottimore Foundation
Fourth page (verso when closed), center right, perpendicular to interior text, in brown ink: £350 = Dr 1166 60/90 / Warrant No. 8 / Colo. Carrington 2 QM / Nov. 6. 1781 nd / £350 ? Settled at the / Treasury April 9. 1782 / [indecipherable mark]
First page (recto when closed), bottom right, in brown ink: Go Washington
First page (recto when closed), bottom left corner, in brown ink: By the [indecipherable] / Commander / J Trumbull [indecipherable]
Second page (left side when open), bottom right, in brown ink: Go Washington
Second page (left side when open), bottom left corner, in brown ink: By the [indechipherable] / Jon Trumbull [indecipherable]
Third page (right side when open), center right, in brown ink: Co Carrington / L Col [indecipherable] Qm / [indecipherable mark]
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