George Washington wrote this account of his orders for clothing and later, on April 20, 1775, signed for the receipt of all items described. The account details Washington's order for the making of coats, a waistcoat, breeches, and a suit of regimentals. He also requests the alteration of a coat and breeches. The order was likely placed with Alexandria merchant William Herbert. While the last name is illegible due to scorching, this document and another account between Washington and Herbert were recovered together from the ruins of an old building destroyed by fire in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia in 1875.


ADS (Autograph Document Signed) One page. Partial large watermark, lower left edge. Only top half of watermark is visible. A crest with a horn is topped by a crown, similar to Gravell, Foreign Watermarks 453.


April 20, 1775




Ink, laid paper


Overall: 5 3/8 in. x 7 1/4 in. (13.65 cm x 18.42 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. Ruben, 1889


Recto, bottom of page, in brown ink: April 20th 1775 / The Rect the Contents of the above in Acct / Go Washington


Recto, below accounts, in brown ink: E Excepted / Go Washington
Recto, bottom of page, in brown ink: Go Washington

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