From his camp at Valley Forge, George Washington honored a request made by Catharine Wilhelmina Livingston by sending a lock of his hair to her enclosed in this letter. Catharine, known as "Kitty", was the daughter of William Livingston, the governor of New Jersey and a personal friend of George Washington. Dated March 18, 1778, this letter says, "General Washington having been informed, lately, of the honor done him by Miss Kitty Livingston in wishing for a lock of his Hair, takes the liberty of inclosing one, accompanied by his most respectful compliments."


AL (Autograph Letter) One sheet folded in half to create four pages. The first page contains the letter's text. The second and third pages are blank. The fourth page contains the integral letter cover. Large watermark, center of sheet. Red was seal partially covers watermark. Similar to Gravell, FOREIGN WATERMARKS 476.


March 18, 1778




Ink, laid paper, red wax seal


Overall (open): 8 7/8 in. x 14 3/4 in. (22.54 cm x 37.47 cm)
Other (closed (silking)): 8 7/8 in. x 7 3/8 in. (22.54 cm x 18.73 cm)
Other (closed (image)): 8 7/8 in. x 7 1/8 in. (22.54 cm x 18.1 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of Elizabeth and Margaret Norton, 1925


Fourth page (verso when closed), center, horizontal to letter's text, in brown ink: Miss Kitty Livingston / Peicepany

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