George Washington sent this purchase order, written in his own handwriting, to his agent in London, Robert Cary & Co., on June 20, 1768. Washington requests nails, buttons, scissors, linens, sugar and spices, fishing equipment, red sealing wax, gloves, shoe buckles, dress-goods, and similar items. One of the more stylish items on the list is, "1 Mans best Beaver Hatt." And for Martha he orders a green satin quilted petticoat and a handsome winter silk, in a color other than yellow, to be made into a "Sacque & Coat for a middle sized Woman."

This invoice is published in W. W. Abbot and Dorothy Twohig, eds., THE PAPERS OF GEORGE WASHINGTON: COLONIAL SERIES, vol. 8 (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1993), 100-102.


ADS (Autograph Document Signed) One full page with text on recto and verso. Text is extremely faint. Very large watermark, center of sheet. Similar to Gravell, Foreign Watermarks 426.


June 20, 1768




Ink, laid paper


Overall: 12 3/4 in. x 7 7/8 in. (32.39 cm x 20 cm)

Credit Line

Purchase, 1942


Recto, top, left of center, in brown ink: Geo Washington
Verso, above center, in brown ink: Go Washington

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Colors (Beta)

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