Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    George Washington Autograph Letter Signed, " G Washington". One page, 7.5" x 11.0", Mount Vernon, October 30, 1797 to Bushrod Washington. A very rare and desirable letter penned by George Washington in retirement at Mount Vernon. This letter is published in Volume 36 of "The Writings of George Washington From the Original Manuscript Sources, 1744 - 1799, Edited by John C. Fitzpatrick (1931-1944). It reads " My Dear Sir Your several letters - Opinion and copy of the Deed to William Williams for 589 acres of land have been duly received - and, for which I offer you my best thanks. It is a little irregular that the proceedings for docking the intail of the above mentions it is so, should not be found among the Records of the General Court, or in the Secretary's Office from whence it issued, and to which it most assuredly was returned. As the intail of this land was docked on acct.of my purchase of a part of it I retained a copy of the writ the Panel and Sheriffs return from where the enclosed is taken and is the best information and clue it is in my power to give to direct a further search. With affectionate regard I am always yours ". The recipient, Bushrod Washington (1762-1829), was the former president's nephew and, indeed, became his estate's executor. As a Federalist lawyer, Bushrod Washington was appointed an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court by John Adams in 1797. The letter has some professional archival repair along the barely visible fold creases The top and bottom edges are slightly uneven, There are also some transfer stains from decades of storage in contact with another manuscript, most likely this letter's now missing cover. Overall, the paper stock remains sound and has aged to an even mellow beige tone. Fine condition. Accompanied by LOA from PSA/DNA.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    February, 2006
    20th-21st Monday-Tuesday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 14
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 1,436

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $9) per lot.

    Sold on Feb 21, 2006 for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
    Track Item

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2021 October 20 Manuscripts Signature Auction - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    I don’t often do testimonials but in this case I felt truly obligated to thank Heritage Auctions for the extremely professional job your organization did for me.
    Charlie K.,
    Pittsburgh, PA
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search