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    George Washington land indenture signed twenty times

    George Washington Signed Land Indenture Engrossed Entirely in his Hand, and Containing an Additional Nineteen Signatures by Washington in the Engrossment. Oversized sheet, 17.94" x 15.88" (sight), March 17, 1769, Fauquier County, VA. A land lease agreement between George Washington and Robert Thompson signed with remnants of their personal paper seals. The document is also countersigned by four witnesses: Robert Ashby, James Wood, William Wood Junior, and John Glasscock Junior.
    Engrossed entirely in Washington's hand, this land indenture sets forth the terms of a lease of one hundred and fifty acres for 7 pounds per year to the farmer Robert Thompson. This document represents one of the twelve leases written by George Washington on March 17, 1769 in Fauquier County. All twelve contracts involve lots or parcels of land from the George Carter tract which was purchased by Washington in 1767.
    Most impressive is the appearance of George Washington's signature twenty times: nineteen in the body of the engrossment and once below as a signatory. In all, there are over four hundred words or symbols written by the hand of George Washington.
    Backed with archival tissue, the document presents itself with deep folds, some with separation, and bits of paper loss occurring in some areas. Framed to an overall size of 24.5" x 22.5".
    Multiple signed land indentures by Washington are scarce in the market. This is the first example we have ever offered; the last multiple signed Washington indenture appeared at auction in 1999.
    References: W.W. Abbot and Dorothy Twohig, eds., The Papers of George Washington, vol. 8 of Colonial Series June 1767 - December 1771 (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1993), 170-171, 176-177.


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