This untitled note, docketed "Mr. Brookes observations," relates to land taxes George Washington accrued on property in Maryland during the Revolutionary War. While taxes owed stretched back to 1777, Sheriff Cawood of Charles County, his predecessor, and their collectors, failed to request payment for these taxes until 1785. For this reason, this document argues that Washington should not have to pay interest on these back taxes. Since Lund Washington was managing George Washington's estate during his absence, this document references a certificate by Lund describing that they were not informed in a timely manner.


D (Document) One page. Partial watermark, center left edge. Unidentified watermark, appears to be the top of three bold letters "K……….D...I" The visible portion of watermark is 11 cm. long.


c. 1787




Ink, laid paper


Overall: 9 1/4 in. x 7 1/2 in. (23.5 cm x 19.05 cm)

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Purchased by the A. Alfred Taubman Acquisition Endowment Fund, 2004


Verso, lower left, perpendicular to document's text, in brown ink: Mr. Brookes / observations

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