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    George Washington Autograph Letter Signed "Go Washington", 4pp., 8" x 9", Mount Vernon, July, 29, 1784. Washington writes to his brother John Augustine Washington responding to a request to help place Augustine's son Corbin in an apprenticeship. Washington writes: "Herewith you will receive letters from your sons, who left this for Berkeley yesterday, as also a letter from Mr. Tilghman to me - the contents of which I wish had been of a different complexion... I have detained Jerry (much against his inclination) a day longer than was intended to try if through the near of [?] Washington's enquiries he could be placed to any advantage in Alexandria - The result of these enquiries are that there are many traders in that place there is none who, properly speaking , come under the denomination of a capitol one. Col. Hove is supposed to be the largest dealer. He has four young men with him which he says are sufficient for his business - that one of them, but of which he has no intimation may leave him and in that case if Corbin inclines to a mercantile life & if you chuse [sic] to place him at Alexandria under his care - he would take & instruct him to the utmost of his power. At the same time he spoke highly of Mr. Fitzsimmons at Philadelphia..." Washington goes into great detail listing other potential opportunities for his nephew Corbin to learn a profession. Auction records evidence a letter from Washington to former aide Tench Tilghman dated July 14, 1789, asking him to take his nephew Corbin under his care at his counting house, a request Tilghman was not able to comply with.

    He then turns to the subject of land speculation: "I shall be very happy if I can direct Bushrod's enquiries properly to the objects you have recommended or afford you any assistance or advice by which you may obtain landed property in the new Country.--- but the golden opportunity I conceive is past - and I own it has been a matter of astonishment to me that all of you should have been so inattentive to it, when a question of two to yourselves must have brought the advantages of such a measure fully into view- viz- where does my most valuable property lye? - Berkely - What did originally it cost about - years ago? - nothing, or that which as near to it as possible - the office fees & trifles to individuals. - the same with the Western lands. - Which are much now much advanced in price - difficulties in getting good titles, unless the purchase of particular charters ..." Washington had received a letter from Augustine just four days earlier inquiring about land: "I have desired Bushrod to make the fullest inquiries as to the Soil, produce, Climate &c. &c. of the different parts of the western Country together with there advantages and disadvantages respecting the future prospects of trade, & also the likelyest way to obtain lands upon a certainty as to title-in these inquiries I shall be greatly oblige to you to furnish him with your observations..." (The Papers of George Washington at Mount Vernon)

    An excellent letter with great content regarding Washington's familial and financial concerns after the resignation of his military commission. The letter has been expertly restored with paper added and several lines of holograph reconstructed; however, Washington's signature remains unaffected. Additionally, he has written out "Washington" a total of five times throughout the text including his signature.

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