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Dayton, General Elias: Letter from George Washington (Copy), 4 April 1784
Collection Description & Creator Information
The collection consists of selected correspondence and documents by and about George Washington, first president of the United States, as well as some items of members of his extended family. There are two letters by Washington addressed to Major William DeHart of the New Jersey Regiment: the first, sent from Trenton, N.J., on January 1, 1777, regards the appointment of Col. Newcomb; the second, written at Morristown, N.J., and dated January 8, 1780, concerns provisions for the Continental Army. One letter to Col. Dayton of Chatham, N.J., dated June 14, 1781, concerns the movement of the British fleet; another to Edward Pemberton in London mentions the Revolutionary War. Included are a letter by Washington to the Rev. Jonathan Boucher, schoolmaster of Washington's stepson, Jack Custis, about paying for the boy's tuition, clothing, and the stabling of his horse, and a letterpress copy of a letter sent by Washington to his mother, Mrs. Mary Washington. In adddition, there is a copy of a letter by Jacob Duché to George Washington, dated December 8, 1777, asking him to stop rebelling against England, as well as a note from Richard Price which accompanied a presentation copy of a pamphlet Price wrote about Washington.
Documents signed by Washington include a certificate of membership of John Lawrence in the "Society of the Cincinnatis" and another appointing William Patterson of New Jersey to the Supreme Court. In addition, there is his survey, dated November 24, 1750, for a tract of land (453 acres) that he purchased in West Virginia.
Material by members of Washington's family includes a letter from John Augustine Washington to "Mrs. Morgan," dated December 25, 1860; three letters (1808, 1818, and 1826) and three engravings of Bushrod Washington; and a letter from Henry Augustine Washington, Princeton Class of 1839, to his father, Lawrence Washington, dated June 18, 1847. There is also a letter from Lawrence Washington certifying the authenticity of the signature and bookplate of George Washington which he sold, giving the successive ownership of the book in which they appear. This letter is dated October 17, 1904.
- Custodial History:
The collection was formed as a result of a Departmental practice of combining into one collection material of various accessions relating to a particular person, family, or subject.
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No appraisal information is available.
Access & Use
- Access Restrictions:
Open for research.
- Conditions for Reproduction and Use:
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.
- Credit this material:
Dayton, General Elias: Letter from George Washington (Copy); Princeton University Library Collection of George Washington Materials, C1264, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
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