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    Washington and Jefferson signed ship's passport

    George Washington and Thomas Jefferson Three Language Ship's Papers Signed Go: Washington" and "Th: Jefferson." One partially-printed page, 12.5" x 15.5", Boston, March 1, 1794. Issued in English, French, and Dutch to "George Smith master or commander of the Schooner called Industry of the burthen of Ninety Five tons or thereabouts, lying at present in the port of Boston bound for Curracoa and laden with Flour, Mackrell, Pork, Beef, Fish, Bread, Bacon, Peas, Butter, Staves, Cheese, Candles, Hatts." Washington has signed as president of the United States and Jefferson has signed as secretary of state. Countersigned by Benjamin Weld as deputy collector of customs.

    Benjamin Weld was a school teacher at Lexington when the British approached. He quickly mounted a horse and rode through the town beating a drum, calling the men to arms. He served in the Continental Army, first in the commissary department and, later, under Gen. George Washington in New York.

    Condition: The signatures of Washington and Jefferson are bold and very attractive; Jefferson's being directly below that of Washington. The document is affixed to the matting at the top margin only and is reinforced on the verso with archival tissue, repairing separations of the folds and paper loss at the right edge and at the intersections of the folds. Unevenly toned, especially along the left, right, and lower edges. Very light spots of foxing.



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