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Newburyport 1796 Imprint of George Washington’s Farewell Address: Rare, Owned by Former Washington Revolutionary War Guard

GEORGE WASHINGTON, Pamphlet. “President Washington’s Resignation, and Address to the Citizens of the United States, September 17, 1796. An Invaluable Legacy to Americans.” 1796. Newburyport, Mass., William Barrett. 19 pp., Disbound.


“The name of AMERICAN, which belongs to you, in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of Patriotism, more than any appellation derived from local distinctions.”

“‘Tis our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world; so far, I mean, as we are now at liberty to do it…”

Item #23778, ON HOLD

George Washington’s Rare Anti-Catholic Test Oath, Taken before being Appointed Colonel and Commander in Chief of all Virginia Forces

GEORGE WASHINGTON, Document Signed. A list of subscribers to the declaration denying Catholic doctrines. Washington’s signature is the 9th in the second column below the declaration. May 22, 1754 – July 17, 1755.


“there is no Transubstantiation in the sacrament of the Lords supper or in the elements of Bread and wine...”

Item #23200, ON HOLD

First Printing of the Mint Act: “An Act establishing a Mint, and Regulating the Coins of the United States”

[GEORGE WASHINGTON], Newspaper. Gazette of the United States, Philadelphia, Pa., April 14, 1792. 4 pp. (401-4) 9 ½ x 16 in.


The FIRST PRINTING of the MINT ACT of the United States, in full on the front page and signed in type by President GEORGE WASHINGTON. This newspaper has a front page woodcut engraving display of a heraldic Federal eagle.This foundational act of the new is signed in type by George Washington as President, Jonathan Trumbull as Speaker of the House, and John Adams as Vice-President and President of the Senate. (p.1, col. 1-3).

Item #23689, $6,000

An Address to the Inhabitants of Great Britain – July 1775 Print of Message that went with the Olive Branch Petition

[REVOLUTIONARY WAR], Newspaper. Rivington’s New York Gazetteer...and Weekly Advertiser, New York, N.Y., July 21, 1775. 4 pp., 11½ x 18 in.


While 1776 will remain the most memorable year in American history, 1775 actually marks the moment when the colonists became Americans. Hostilities had already begun, yet the delegates of the Continental Congress still sought to avoid war. On July 8, the Continental Congress approved and sent the Olive Branch Petition to King George III. At the same time, they sent an appeal stating the case directly to the British people. Both attempts failed, and we have found no evidence that the address was even published in England. Here, in Rivington’s New York paper, it is published in the first two columns of page one, and the first column of page two.

Item #23544, $12,500

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Item #23068, $4,500

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.


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.


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.


Item #22157, $3,400

George Washington Endorses an Advice Book

[GEORGE WASHINGTON], Book. The Immortal Mentor, or Man’s Unerring Guide to a Healthy, Wealthy, and Happy Life. With Washington’s printed endorsement. First edition. Philadelphia, Pa., Rev. Mason L. Weems, 1796. Ownerships signature “J.W. Spencer Feb 1847” on free front endpaper, later bookplate on front pastedown. Austin 1011; Evans 30282.


“Listen to the instructions of Dr. Franklin, and let the words of his mouth sink deep into your heart...”(p. 105)

In the year of his death, the “Father of the Country” heaped praises upon this compilation of advice from early advocates of clean living and ethical behavior Luigi Cornaro, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Scott.

Item #23649, $1,450

Open Rebellion:
Town Meeting Defying the Tyranny of the Intolerable Acts

NATHANIEL S. PRENTICE, Autograph Document Signed. Grafton, Mass. September 5, 1774. 4 pp. 8¼ x 13¼ in.


“Resolved that it is the Indispensable duty of the Inhabitants of this County … to prevent the sitting of the Respective court…the Inhabitants of this County will attend in person the next inferior court of common pleas and general session…properly Armed to repel any hostile force which may be employed…”

This document embodies one of the first instances of open rebellion against the Crown, and records a critical step in the formation of an independent government. Parts of it are written and signed by Major Nathaniel Sartell Prentice, who fought at the Battle of Lexington, less than a year later.

The manuscript starts with a copy of resolves issued on August 31, 1774, in response to one of the Intolerable Acts, by a convention of the Worcester County Committees of Correspondence. The Intolerable Act barred the commonwealth from holding town meetings. Delegates conclude that the act rendered the royal charter “null and void,” and they resolve that the various towns should take over the function of the British-run court system. They ask citizens to select their own town officials, choose representatives for a Provincial Convention, and take action to prevent the courts from sitting under the new system. One resolve specifies that citizens attend the upcoming court session “properly Armed to repel any hostile force” sent by the governor, and another votes to send “Letters by Post to other Committees” should an invasion appear imminent.

Item #20993.06, $12,000

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.”


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.


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.


“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
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