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George Washington’s First Thanksgiving Proclamation as President

[GEORGE WASHINGTON], Newspaper. Massachusetts Centinel. Boston, Mass. Benjamin Russell, October 14, 1789. 4 pp. (33-36), 9½ x 14¾ in. Disbound, trimmed a little close at top.

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On September 28, 1789, just before the closing of the First Federal Congress, the Senate added its assent to a House resolution requesting that George Washington be asked to call for a day of public thanksgiving and prayer. Later that day, Congress ratified the Bill of Rights to be sent to the states for their ratification, and on the next day the first session of the first Federal Congress was adjourned. On October 3, George Washington issued America’s first presidential Thanksgiving Proclamation and the Centinal reported the news 11 days later, only four days after the New York newspaper Gazette of the United States, essentially an arm of Washington’s Federalist Party, printed the proclamation.

Item #23459, $11,500

A Synopsis of the Early Actions of George Washington Against the French

[GEORGE WASHINGTON], Newspaper. Maryland Gazette. January 9, 1755, Annapolis, Md. Jonas Green. 2 pp. (complete), 9½ x 14½ in.

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The Maryland Gazette took a particular interest in Washington, being the first to publish his Journal describing his expedition to the Ohio.

Item #21557.05, $2,000

Virginia’s Concerns about the Depredations of the French in the Ohio Valley

[GEORGE WASHINGTON], Newspaper. Maryland Gazette. November 7, 1754, Annapolis, Md. Jonas Green. 2 pp. (complete), 9½ x 14½ in.

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Item #21557.04, $2,000

Colonel Washington Refuses to Accept French Deserters Just Before His Defeat at the Battle of Great Meadows

[GEORGE WASHINGTON], Newspaper. Maryland Gazette. October 17, 1754. Annapolis, Md. Jonas Green, 4 pp., 9½ x 14½ in.

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The Maryland Gazette took a particular interest in Washington, being the first to publish his Journal describing his expedition to the Ohio.

Item #21557.02, $2,400

Virginia Governor Dinwiddie and the Council Respond to French Incursions by Sending a Young George Washington to Ohio

[GEORGE WASHINGTON], Newspaper. Maryland Gazette. March 14, 1754, Annapolis, Md. Jonas Green 4 pp., 9½ x 14½ in.

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The Maryland Gazette took a particular interest in Washington, being the first to publish his Journal describing his expedition to the Ohio.

Item #21557.01, $4,000

Miniature Portrait of George Washington

[GEORGE WASHINGTON], Painting. George Washington miniature. ca. 19th century. Approx 2½ x 3¼ overall, signed “Beck” in hardwood frame.

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Demonstrating the lasting appeal of Washington in the decorative arts, this nineteenth-century miniature on ivory is a fine example of the style. Acquired in Scotland.

Item #22317.01, $650

George Washington’s Funeral - Full Page Report of the First President’s Actual Interment a Week before the Nation’s Official Mourning

[GEORGE WASHINGTON], Newspaper. The True American Commercial Advertiser, Philadelphia, Pa., Samuel Bradford, December 24, 1799. 4 pp., 12¾ x 20 in. On blue-rag paper.

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Printed within a black mourning border, news headed “Sacred to the Memory of Gen. George Washington” begins a nearly full-page description of Washington’s funeral, including a diagram of the procession, statements of Congress and of President Adams, and a resolution to erect a monument. The nation’s first president had died on December 14, 1799, and was interred at Mount Vernon by his family four days later. This newspaper reports the proceedings of a private funeral that included clergy, Masonic brothers, and local citizens. As the president was laid to rest in the family’s receiving vault, vessels in the Potomac River fired a final salute to the commander in chief.

News reached Philadelphia, then the seat of the federal government, on the day of his burial. Congress and President Adams immediately began planning an official mourning procession for December 26, and this paper of December 24 notes that Richard Henry Lee had been chosen to deliver the official eulogy.

Item #23417, $2,950

Lady Washington’s Reception Engraving

[MARTHA WASHINGTON], “Lady Washington’s Reception./ From the original Picture in the possession of A. T. Stewart, Esq.” Engraving by Alexander Hay Ritchie, after a painting by Daniel Huntington. New York, Emil Seitz, 1865. 37 x 25 in.

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Item #23068, $5,500

A Front Page Printing of Washington’s
Second State-of-the-Union Address

[GEORGE WASHINGTON], Newspaper. Columbian Centinel, Boston, Mass., December 22, 1790. 4 pp., disbound.

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Item #30001.22, $1,450

Rhode Island Printing of George Washington’s Will -
Freeing His Slaves Upon the Death of Martha

[GEORGE WASHINGTON], Pair of Newspapers. “Interesting Extracts from the WILL of Gen. George Washington,” United States Chronicle, Providence, R.I., February 20 and 27, 1800. Each 4 pp. Washington’s will begins on p. 2 of the February 20 issue and concludes on p. 1 of the February 27 issue.

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Item #22858, $1,250

13 pamphlets on George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, New York History, etc., Collected by Grant’s Secretary of State Hamilton Fish

[HAMILTON FISH], Signed Book, 13 separately printed pamphlets bound together, dates ranging from 1799 – 1828, Approx. 423 pp. Handwritten table of contents glued in, signed by Fish on free front endpaper and in 2 other places.

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Item #22157, $3,400

A Week Before Yorktown, Washington Builds up the Virginia Militia with Recently-Arrived French Troops

GEORGE WASHINGTON, Letter Signed, to George Weedon. Williamsburg, Va., September 23, 1781. 2 pp., 6 3/8 x 8 1/8 in. In John Trumbull’s hand.

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Washington orders Virginia militia Brigadier General George Weedon to monitor the British and despite lacking supplies, prevent them from foraging the countryside when possible. The Commander in Chief then informs Weedon that French reinforcements are due to arrive and to show their commander the respect he deserves.

Item #22782.01, $40,000

George Washington, Tongue-in-Cheek, Writes James McHenry About His Wife or Mistress—But Funding the Continental Army is the Real Topic

GEORGE WASHINGTON, Autograph Letter Signed, to Major James McHenry, Newburgh, NY, August 15, 1782.

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“…in March last, I committed a matter to your care of which you took no notice till July…. Do not my dear Doctor tease your Mistress in this manner ”

In this highly personal letter, Washington offers a glimpse of the man behind the otherwise stolid image. After victory at Yorktown, Americans were awaiting news of a final peace treaty from Paris. Washington remained head of the Continental Army, and warily watched British General Sir Henry Clinton’s army in New York City. For all its friendly tone and nebulous phrases, Washington and McHenry are actually discussing the very serious business of funding and maintaining troop levels to discourage future British actions.

Item #20987.99, $98,000

Quartermaster’s Accounts, 1781

[NICHOLAS QUACKENBUSH], Manuscript Document consisting of four string-bound double folio (36 x 26 in.) sheets folded to folio size, 6 pp. filled in, Albany, March to May 1781 document in great detail “Articles delivered.”

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A fascinating set of ledger sheets retained by Nicholas Quackenbush. They note the date, the voucher number, “To Whom Delivered” and “By whose order” and then provide a long set of columns to account for almost every conceivable article, ranging from horses to pikes, a wide variety of tools, all types of lumber, as well as foodstuffs.

Item #21007.09, $3,500

New York Revolutionary War Muster Roll
with Reference to Valley Forge

[REVOLUTIONARY WAR], Manuscript Document. Return of 1st Massachusetts Regiment of foot Commanded by Col.o John Bailey. “Camp Crotens Bridge” [N.Y.], July 18, 1778. 2 pp., 12 5/8 x 8 1/8 in.

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Item #20632.37, $1,750

Banned in Boston: Barring the Return of Tories
“Declared Traitors to Their Country”

[SAMUEL ADAMS], Manuscript Document. Resolve by the Town of Boston, bearing a clerical copy of the signature of William Cooper, Town Clerk. Boston, Mass., April 10, 1783. Followed by: NATHANIEL BARBER. Letter Signed, to “the Committee of Correspondence &c or the Selectmen of the Town or plantation of [blank] to be Communicated to the Town or Plantation.” Boston, Mass., April 17, 1783. 3 pp., 8¼ x 12¾ in.

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“after So wicked a Conspiracy…by certain Ingrates…declared Traitors to their Country it is the Opinion of this Town that they ought never to be Suffered to return.”

This document links two Boston patriots, Samuel Adams and Nathaniel Barber, over a contentious issue at war’s end – what to do with the Loyalists? The two-part manuscript comprises a 1783 Town of Boston resolve and a corresponding cover letter from the Boston Committee of Correspondence. The letter is signed by chairman Nathaniel Barber, a participant in the Boston Tea Party.

The Boston town resolve was created by a committee of three: Samuel Adams, James Otis, and Joseph Greenleaf. Though their names do not appear in the text, Adams biographers specifically credit him as the author. With the Revolutionary War over, and the definitive Treaty of Peace under final negotiation, Adams was lobbying hard against the return of unrepentant Tories. They were a threat to national security: “The British King cannot have more Subservient Tools and Emissaries amongst us for the purpose of Sowing the Seeds of Dissention in this infant Nation….” Barber’s accompanying letter echoes that sentiment.

The texts of both documents were subsequently printed as a two-leaved broadside and sent to towns throughout the state. It was also printed in newspapers in other states, who saw it as a model for their own consideration of Tory property issues.

This draft version was preserved in the papers of Luke Drury of Grafton. Ironically, Drury, a former captain of Minutemen would be imprisoned four years later during a home-grown Massachusetts conspiracy – Shays’ Rebellion.

Item #20638, $10,000

Jefferys’s 1776 American Atlas: The Best of the Century

THOMAS JEFFERYS, Atlas. The American Atlas; or, a Geographical Description of the Whole Continent of America; Wherein are Delineated at Large its Several Regions, Countries, States, and Islands; and Chiefly the British Colonies.... London: Robert Sayer and John Bennett, 1776. 22 engraved maps, on 29 sheets, all with original outline color, expertly bound to style in 18th-century diced Russian gilt leather. A very fine and complete copy. The book with maps folded, 15¾ x 22¼ in.

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Item #20862.99, $150,000

1776 “Holster Atlas” -
Used by British Officers in the Revolution

[REVOLUTIONARY WAR] [ROBERT SAYER AND JOHN BENNETT], The American Military Pocket Atlas; Being an Approved Collection of Correct Maps, Both General and Particular, of the British Colonies; Especially Those Which Now Are, or Probably May Be the Theatre of War…. London, [1776].

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This atlas, designed for British officers to use in the field, includes the “maps that the British high command regarded as providing essential topographical information in the most convenient form” (Schwartz & Ehrenberg).  The publishers claimed that their work would fit into an officer’s pocket, but it was more often carried in a holster. The present copy was bound in a more easily managed size with the maps cut, mounted on linen, and folded into a quarto-sized binding.

Item #20869.99, $27,500

Counting the Votes Electing Washington President in 1789

[GEORGE WASHINGTON], Newspaper. Gazette of the United States, Philadelphia, Pa., October 17, 1789. 4 pp., 10 x 16 ¼ in.

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Item #22631, $2,400

George Washington Signed Acts of Congress,
Including an Act “Respecting the Mint,”
and Discussions of a Third Term for the First President

[GEORGE WASHINGTON], Newspaper, Columbian Centinel, June 18, 1796, Boston, Ma., 4 pp., 11 7/8 x 18 ¾ in.

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An opinion piece from Philadelphia on a Third Term for Washington: Washington signs four acts of Congress in cursive type, including one detailing the ways and means of procuring copper for the minting of cents and half cents.

Item #30000.003, $1,200
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