December 2017 Auction Ends Thursday, December 14th, 5pm Pacific
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George Washington free franked envelope, signed and addressed in Washington's hand to Oliver Pollock of Philadelphia, with red wax seal. Postmarked ''ALEX[ANDRIA], JUNE 9'', with docketing on side panel identifying the year as 1788. Envelope likely held the following letter (not present; part of the Gilder Lehrman Collection), dated 8 June 1788 from Washington at Mount Vernon: ''Sir, I received your letter of the 11th of May at the moment when I was setting out for a preconcerted journey to meet the Directors of the Potomack Company on business of importance at the Shenandoah Falls- that circumstance has necessitated me to defer giving an acknowledgement until this time. It would be with particular pleasure that I should write to his Excellency the Governor of Louisiana on your behalf if I did not think that there would be a glaring impropriety in my assuming that liberty with that Representative of the Spanish King- especially as I have never had the honor of a personal acquaintance or any correspondence with the Governor - I do not feel myself authorised to take a greater latitude of freedom in this respect than any other unknown private citizen these motives of delicacy on my part I hope will be considered in the same point of light, and of the same weight by you as they have appeared to me. With sentiments of consideration & respect I am, Sir, Your Most Obed. & Most Hble, Servant, Go: Washington''. Signer of the U.S. Constitution, Oliver Pollock was a merchant in New Orleans during the Revolutionary War and then U.S. Agent at Havana, Cuba from 1783-1784. Envelope measures 9'' x 7.5''. Cut around seal where opened and small paper loss along folds, not affecting Washington's signature. Overall very good condition with a bold signature by the first President.
George Washington Free Franked Signature, with Envelope Addressed in Washington's HandGeorge Washington Free Franked Signature, with Envelope Addressed in Washington's Hand
George Washington Free Franked Signature, with Envelope Addressed in Washington's Hand
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