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    George Washington Autograph Letter Signed "G:o Washington." One page, 7.5" x 11", Mount Vernon; October 30, 1797. Addressed to his nephew, Bushrod Washington Esq. Washington writes at length regarding a "singular" oddity regarding his land holdings, specifically concerning a writ docking entail of land that could not be found in the court records. Published in Volume 36 of "The Writings of George Washington From the Original Manuscript Sources, 1744-1799", the letter reads in full: "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 singular that the proceedings for docking the intail of the above mentioned land, 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." Washington has additionally signed with his surname in writing his nephew's name, "Bushrod Washington Esq.''

    In addition to serving as one of the executors of George Washington's estate, Bushrod Washington was appointed to the Supreme Court by John Adams in 1798.

    Condition: Flattened mail folds, with moderate toning throughout. Professional restoration along folds on verso where separations occurred. Light chipping at the edges, with minor paper loss that does not affect the text. Some areas of staining and ink transference throughout.

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