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Lot #83: George Washington Letter Signed & Free Frank Signed, with Exceptionally Bold Signatures on Both -- With University Archives COAs for Both Signatures -- Plus James Monroe Signed Land Grant


Lot of two signatures by George Washington: a letter signed, and additional free frank signed, both with the boldest signatures we've ever encountered by the first President. In his letter dated 21 October 1799 from Mount Vernon, Washington responds to Captain Abraham Shepherd regarding an appointment to the Provisional Army, noting that '' will be pleasing to find, in the list of Candidates, the names of such as were valuable Officers in our Revolutionary War...your letter will not be forgotten...[signed] Go: Washington''.

Letter on bifolium stationery has integral address leaf additionally signed by Washington with his free frank. Addressed to Captain Shepherd with postmark of 21 October, Washington handwrites ''Free / Go: Washington'' with a very dark, bold pen. Each page measures 7.875'' x 10''. Folds, with some paper loss, especially to address leaf, and affixed to paper as inlay. Overall in good plus condition. With University Archives COAs for both signatures.

Lot also includes land grant signed by James Monroe, dated 6 October 1817. Visible portion measures 12'' x 9'', framed to 19'' x 16.5''. Not examined out of frame, appears very good but with faded signature.
Final Bid (Includes Buyers Premium):$31,250
Minimum Bid:$25,000
Number of Bids:2