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    [George Washington] Robert Spring Forged Check. One page, 6.25" x 2.5", Mount Vernon, August 27, 1798. This check was written and signed "G. Washington" by the successful forger Robert Spring (1813-1876), who was known to have forged many Washington checks. All of his Washington check forgeries, including this one, are dated in the late 1790s (Washington died in 1799) and are drawn from the same bank: the Office of Discount & Deposit of Baltimore. Another giveaway is the reddish-brown ink used by Spring. (Charles Hamilton, Great Forgers and Famous Fakes; Glenbridge Publishing LTD.: 1996)

    Spring is also known for forging letters by Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and other early American statesmen. Often spending hours practicing with a goose quill, he mixed his own special ink and employed such tricks as applying coffee grounds to stain his productions to give an ancient look. So successful was he that another of his Washington forgeries was displayed in Independence Hall for some time. Before his death in 1876, Spring was arrested and subsequently vowed to reform.

    Being a draft against Washington's account at the Office of Discount and Deposit in Baltimore. The check is payable to Charles Carroll, presumably Charles Carroll of Carrollton, who was a delegate to the Continental Congress and later served as a United States senator for Maryland. It reads, in full: "The Cashier of the Office of Discount & Deposit - Baltimore. Will please pay Chas. Carroll Esqr. or bearer the sum of Eight hundred and nineteen dollars, sixty eight cts. & chg the same to my acct. G. Washington." Document is lightly age toned and bears cancellation cuts and a small spot of paper loss at center. Matted and framed together with a handsome steel engraving of Washington to an overall size of 13.5" x 18". Very fine condition.

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