DescriptionGeorge Washington Autograph Letter Signed "Go: Washington." One page with integral address leaf, 7.5" x 9", Mount Vernon, April 13, 1775. Just six days before the Revolutionary War began at the Battles of Lexington and Concord, George Washington wrote to John Dickinson, a delegate of the Continental Congress from Pennsylvania, regarding the land claim of one Mr. Lloyd, in full, as written: "Mr. Lloyd did me the honour to call at this place with your favour of the 4th Inst. If the Letters I have given him to the Governor, and others, will in the smallest degree contribute to his success, I shal think myself happy; but I dispair of it at this time, as his Lordship is, I know, under a prohibition, by a late Instruction, to grant no more Land to the westward of us (but on certain Conditions) til his Majestys further pleasure be made known. This has put a stop to the Issuing of Patents from the Secretary; office for Lands which have been Surveyed by the Govrs express warrants; and leaves the Proprietor of them in a state of uncertainty after being run to the expense of a Survey, & other Costs so strange & inconsistent is the policy of the times. I am with the sincerest regard, & greatest respect. Dr Sir Yr Most Obedt Hble Servt [signed] Go: Washington." Smoothed folds. Scattered spots of foxing. Minor damage to the lower left corner with minimal loss of paper.
The "Mr. Lloyd" in question is likely Thomas Lloyd, a lieutenant colonel in the 2nd Battalion, Pennsylvania Regiment, who fought during the French and Indian War. For his service to the crown, he was eligible for 5,000 acres of land, but the Proclamation of 1763 left all land west of the Appalachian Mountains closed to white settlement. The letter's recipient, John Dickinson (1732-1808), a signer of the Constitution and one of the wealthiest men in America, represented Pennsylvania (1774-1776) and Delaware (1779) in the Continental Congress and chaired the committee that drafted the Articles of Confederation. He served as president of Delaware from 1781 until 1783 and president of Pennsylvania from 1782 until 1785.
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