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    [Revolutionary War]. George Washington Military Discharge Signed "Go. Washington" as commander in chief of the Continental Army three months before the signing of the Treaty of Paris. One partially printed page, 7" x 10" (sight), "Head-Quarters [Newburgh, New York]," June 8, 1783. The discharge reads, in full:

    "By His Excellency GEORGE WASHINGTON, Esq; General and Commander in Chief of the Forces of the United States of America.

    "THESE are to CERTIFY that the Bearer hereof Jonathan Paterson, Corporal in the fifth Massachusetts Regiment, having faithfully served the United States two years & two months and being inlisted [sic] for the War only, is hereby DISCHARGED from the American Army."

    On April 19, 1783, from his headquarters at Newburgh, General Washington issued an order for the cessation of hostilities which served as a formal end to the fighting (though there had been virtually no military action in the colonies since the surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown eighteen months earlier). Newburgh served as the headquarters of the Continental Army from March, 1782, until its disbandment in late 1783 and would be the sight of many important actions by Washington that would shape the newly founded republic including: his refusal to become king; his diffusion of the Newburgh Conspiracy, whereby a group of disenchanted officers planned to overthrow the government; the creation of the Badge of Military Merit, the predecessor of today's Purple Heart; and the site where the general penned a letter to the governors of the separate States that would have an influence over the writing of the Constitution.

    Slightly toned folds are weakened and have separated in places, but have been archivally repaired with very little visible sign. Washington's distinct signature is extremely bold and bright. Elegantly matted with a black and white reproduction of the Lansdowne portrait of Washington by Gilbert Stuart featuring a facsimile signature, measuring 9.25" x 14" (sight), and framed to an overall size of 25.75" x 21.75".

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