DescriptionGeorge Washington Three-Language Ship's Papers Signed "G: Washington" as the first president and countersigned by Thomas Jefferson ("Th. Jefferson") as secretary of state. One page partly printed, 12.75" x 16.25", July 22, 1794, no place is given, but Philadelphia was used as the United States' temporary capital in the 1790s. These ship's papers state that "leave and permission, are hereby given to Daniel Young master or commander of the Schooner called the American Eagle. . . in the port of Edenton [North Carolina], bound for St. Bartholomew [French West Indies], and laden with Corn, Pease, Pork, Lard, Oars, Hand spikes and shingles." The text is in three languages separated as columns; from left to right: French, English, and Dutch.
This document was signed by Washington three years before the end of his second and final term as president. His signature is beautifully signed, large, and in the center of the document; however, it is affected by bleedthrough and inkburn from the verso. Jefferson's signature rests below the president's. Document bears a large embossed paper U.S. seal along the left border. Browned and silked. Several small holes exist in the French text. Small amounts of the document are missing from the upper and lower margins. Small nicks along left edge; with weak folds. Fair condition.
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