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A GEORGE WASHINGTON SIGNED LETTER, 1774. The handwritten single sheet letter inscribed upper right margin “Mount Vernon 21st March 1774” addressed to Captain Peter Hoge asking Hoge to aid Captain Crawford in furnishing security for his commission as assistant surveyor to Col. Thomas Lewis. “…Lord Dunmore,” Washington remarks, “Hath Interested himself a good deal in behalf of this appointment of Captn. Crawfords, recommending him, himself, by Letter to Colo. Lewis.---his immediate qualification therefore, to act, is highly necessary.” The obverse extensively inscribed and appearing to be entirely in Washington’s hand and continuing to the reverse upper third and signed “G. Washington”. Additionally faintly inscribed, center right verso with the Four Cardinal Virtues of Free Masonry: temperance, prudence, fortitude and justice. An additional indistinguishable inscription, together with the Four Virtues appears to have been rubbed out at a later date. Lot includes the original envelope with remnants of wax seal affixed to verso. 9 3/8 inches x 7.5 inches.
Sotheby’s New York, January 26, 1983.