Guide to the George Washington Collection, 1745 - 1866Manuscript MS-1033

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Title:

Guide to the George Washington Collection, 1745 - 1866

Call Number:

Manuscript MS-1033

Collection Dates:

1745 - 1866 (bulk: 1745 - 1799)

Size of Collection:

1 box (.75 linear feet)

Abstract:

George Washington (1732-1799). First United States President (1789-1797) and Commander of the Continental Army (1775-1783). Contains original letters, proclamations, land surveys, and a school exercise.

Access to Collection:

Unrestricted.

Use & Access

The materials represented in this guide may be accessed through the Rauner Special Collections Library at Dartmouth College. Rauner Library is located in Webster Hall. The materials must be used on-site and may not leave Rauner Library.

Rauner Special Collections Library is open to the public and in most cases no appointment is necessary. The exception is in the case of materials stored off site for which there may be a delay of up to 48 hours in retrieval. Please consult the Access to Collection statement below or contact Rauner Reference.

Access to Collection

Unrestricted.

Use Restrictions

Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.

Introduction to the Collection

Contains primarily original letters written by or sent to George Washington. The collection also holds several land surveys either completed by Washington or conducted on Washington's behalf. Additionally, of note is an early (1745) mathematical exercise attributed to a 13 year old Washington as well as Washington's Valley Forge proclamation concerning provisioning the troops with cattle. Also included are 15 letters to James McHenry, Secretary of War.

Biography

George Washington, first United States President (1789-1797) and Commander of the Continental Army (1775-1783).

Series, Box & Folder List

Series 1, Letters, 1745-1866

Contains letters and other documents related to George Washington.

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Box: 1, Dates: 1745-1866

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Mathematical exercise attributed to 13 year old Washington, 1745

    Work for a "Mensuration of Solids" equation.

  • Folder: 2, Washington's land survey for Friend Cox's property at the confluence of the Little Cacapon and Potomac rivers., April 25, 1750
  • Folder: 3, Washington's land survey for Robert Fox's property in Frederick County, Virginia., October 29, 1750
  • Folder: 4, Washington's land survey for George Pott's property in Frederick County, Virginia. , April 27, 1751
  • Folder: 5, An accounting of the Estate of Richard Stephenson, 1772

    An accounting of the estate of Richard Stephenson from 1765 to June 1, 1772 with 1772 through March 1791 on the verso.

  • Folder: 6, Land survey for George Mercer's property along the Ohio River below the Kanawha River., 1772

    Plat map and report of survey of the Long Bottom below the Kanawha River (West Virginia), patented to Col. James Mercer.

  • Folder: 7, Letter to Colonel George Washington from John Dickinson, April 4, 1775
  • Folder: 8, Letter from Stephen Moylan to Eleazar Wheelock , December 12, 1775

    General Washington's secretary, Stephen Moylan, acknowledges receipt of Wheelock's letter to General Washington concerning Major Rogers. He encloses a letter (not attached) that washed up on Cape Anne from a fleeing loyalist.

  • Folder: 9, Letter to Reverend Joseph Johnson from George Washington, February 20, 1776

    Washington conveys his wish for peace with the Iroquois through Rev. Johnson.

  • Folder: 10, Boundary agreement between the states of Virginia and Pennsylvania. Docketed in Washington's hand. [holograph copy], December 18, 1776
  • Folder: 11, Orderly Book for General Washington's Guard., June 16, 1776 - August 4, 1776

    "Orderly Book for his Excellency's General Washington's Guard." Contains daily entries recording orders and other information relevant to command.

  • Folder: 12, Letter to Israel Putnam from George Washington, November 9, 1776

    Washington instructs Putnam that based on intelligence gleaned from two deserters that he should cross over the Hudson into New Jersey and head south to Dobbs Ferry. Washington also orders that opposition should be given if the British come up the Hudson via boat at night.

  • Folder: 13, Washington's Valley Forge proclamation concerning the raising of cattle to inhabitants of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia, February 18, 1778

    Appeal in Aide-de-Camp Richard Kidder Meade's hand and signed by Washington.

  • Folder: 14, Letter to William Smallwood from George Washington, March 28, 1778
  • Folder: 15, Letter to Robert Morris from George Washington, December 30, 1778
  • Folder: 16, Letter to Major General Nathanael Greene from George Washington, May 25, 1779
  • Folder: 17, Letter to Lt. Colonel Mason from George Washington, July 25, 1779
  • Folder: 18, Letter to Lt. Colonel John Laurens from George Washington, April 22, 1782
  • Folder: 19, Letter to Governor William Livingston from George Washington, May 10. 1782
  • Folder: 20, Letter to George Washington from Friedrich Von Steuben, February 16, 1783
  • Folder: 21, Letter from George Washington to Lund Washington, May 6, 1783
  • Folder: 22, Discharge paper of Oliver Lozier from the Continental Army signed by George Washington , June 9, 1783
  • Folder: 23, Washington County Court of December, 1784. Land dispute with George Washington, Esq., September 30, 1784
  • Folder: 24, Letter to George Washington from John Harvie, April 22, 1785
  • Folder: 25, Letter to George Washington from Edmund Randolph, July 9, 1785
  • Folder: 26, Letter to George Washington from Edmund Randolph, July 17, 1785
  • Folder: 27, Letter to George Washington from Edmund Randolph, July 29, 1785
  • Folder: 28, Letter to George Washington from Thomas Smith, November 17, 1785
  • Folder: 29, Letter to Thomas Smith from George Washington (duplicate), December 7, 1785
  • Folder: 30, Letter to Thomas Smith from George Washington, May 8, 1786
  • Folder: 31, Letter to Thomas Smith from George Washington, July 28, 1786
  • Folder: 32, Letter to Thomas Smith from George Washington, September 22, 1786
  • Folder: 33, Letter to George Washington from Thomas Smith, November 7, 1786
  • Folder: 34, Letter to Mary White Morris from George Washington, May 1, 1788
  • Folder: 35, Letter to William Heath from George Washington, May 9, 1789
  • Folder: 36, Act on duties on tonnage from George Washington to Samuel Huntington, July 23, 1789
  • Folder: 37, Letter to the Board of Trustees of Dartmouth College from George Washington , August 1789
  • Folder: 38, Letter to Battaile Muse from George Washington, October 15, 1791
  • Folder: 39, Letter to Thomas Jefferson from George Washington, June 1, 1793
  • Folder: 40, Letter to Alexander Hamilton from George Washington, May 6, 1794
  • Folder: 41, Letter to James McHenry from George Washington, July 1, 1796
  • Folder: 42, Letter to James McHenry from George Washington, July 1, 1796
  • Folder: 43, Letter to the James McHenry from George Washington, July 18, 1796
  • Folder: 44, Letter to James McHenry from George Washington, July 22, 1796
  • Folder: 45, Letter to James McHenry from George Washington, August 8, 1796
  • Folder: 46, Letter to James McHenry from George Washington, September 7, 1796
  • Folder: 47, Letter to James McHenry from George Washington, February 28, 1797
  • Folder: 48, Letter to James McHenry from George Washington, April 3, 1797
  • Folder: 49, Letter to James McHenry from George Washington, July 7, 1797
  • Folder: 50, Letter to David Longworth from George Washington, August 31, 1797
  • Folder: 51, Letter to Bushrod Washington from George Washington, January 17, 1798
  • Folder: 52, Letter to James McHenry from George Washington, January 6, 1799
  • Folder: 53, Letter to James McHenry from George Washington, January 27, 1799
  • Folder: 54, Letter to James McHenry from George Washington, February 10, 1799
  • Folder: 55, Letter to James McHenry from George Washington, March 25, 1799
  • Folder: 56, Letter to James McHenry from George Washington, April 7, 1799
  • Folder: 57, Letter to James McHenry from George Washington, June 7, 1799
  • Folder: 58, Letter to Mary White Morris from Martha Washington and George Washington, September 21, 1799
  • Folder: 59, Brief of General Washington's Land on Miller's Run, Circa 1785
  • Folder: 60, Grouping of Washington signatures and printed portraits, undated
  • Folder: 61, Facsimile Letter from General George Washington to General L. Huntington of New London, Conn. Oct. 16, 1783, Circa 1866
  • Folder: 62, Copy of Letter to James McHenry from George Washington. July 22, 1796, circa 1855

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