Description

    George 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.




    Fees, Shipping, and Handling Description: Flat Material, Small (view shipping information)

    Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    October, 2014
    8th-9th Wednesday-Thursday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 9
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 1,501

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    25% on the first $100,000 (minimum $14), plus 20% of any amount between $100,000 and $1,000,000, plus 12% of any amount over $1,000,000 per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    VIEW BENEFITS
    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
      winnings 
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2018 May 12 Musical Instruments Signature Auction - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    Heritage Auctions and Mr. Chad Reingold were...professional and courteous in all transactions and provided outstanding service in answering my many emails. I recommend them at the highest level.
    Killy M.,
    Melbourne Beach, FL
    View More Testimonials

    HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2017 December 10 Arms & Armor, Civil War & Militaria Signature Auction - Dallas
    2017 December 10 Arms & Armor, Civil War & Militaria Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED SO FAR $1,738,582