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M-097: George Washington Collection

DATE: ca. 1780 - 1799

CREATOR: George Washington (1732-1799) was Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolution and first President of the United States, 1789-1797. The letters were an early donation to the Mercantile Library.

SCOPE: Subjects of letters range from government to gardening. Documents are one discharge paper of Robert Wherry and one military pass for Mr. Tobias Lawrence. Names of addressees include James Madison, Landon Carter, Esq., William Hunter, Reverend Thorton Fleming, Valantine Cooke, William McLenaham, Jabez Huntington, and Hon. James Wood. (Most have been authenticated by Mount Vernon Ladies' Association.)


EXTENT: 7 letters; 2 documents

1 letter(copy), May 20, 1792.
To James Madison Concerning Problems of government.

1 document, June, 1783.
D.S.Discharge paper, Robert Wherry.

1 letter, September 11, 1799. A.L.S.
To Landon Carter, Esq. concerning farming.

1 letter, February 27, 1786. A.L.S.
To Mr. [William] Hunter, integral address cover docketed by Hunter.
[Authenticated by Mount Vernon Ladies' Association]

1 letter, January 30, 1793. L>S> Text of the letter in the handwriting of Tobias Lear.
To the Rev.nd Thornton Fleming, Valantine Cooke and William McLenaham.
[Authenticated by Mount Vernon Ladies' Association]

1 note. A.N> Third person note, Signature within text.
To Mr. [William] Hunter.
[Authenticated by Mount Vernon ladies' Association]

1 document, September 4, 1780. [Forgery-Robert Spring]
Military pass for Mr. Tobais Lawrence.
[Authenticated by Mount Vernon Ladies' Association]

1 letter, April 16, 1781. [Forgery- Robert Spring]
To Jabez Huntington.
[Authenticated by Mount Vernon Ladies' Association]

1 letter, September 12, 1796. [Forgery- unknown]
To Hon.able James Wood.
[Authenticated by Mount Verson Ladies' Association]

SEE ALSO: Alexander Hamilton Collection (M-039), for an additional George Washington postage endorsement signature on a Valley Forge letter dictated by Hamilton. 

ACCESS: This collection is available for on-site use only in the Rare Book and Manuscripts Reading Room. Some of the material in Special Collection M-097 may be photocopied, digitally scanned or photographed, subject to condition. For collections marked limited access, researchers are advised to contact the library at least three business days in advance of their visit to submit a request to view the physical material.

Researchers are advised to call ahead concerning changes in hours due to University intersessions and holidays. The St. Louis Mercantile Library is located on levels one and two of the Thomas Jefferson Library building.

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Preferred Citation: When citing the material from this collection, the preferred citation is: From the Special Collections of the St. Louis Mercantile Library at the University of Missouri – St. Louis.