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George Washington Papers

Identifier: WLU-Coll-0012

Scope and Contents

This collection includes three original George Washington letters and multiple copies and transcripts of letters. Originals include a letter from Washington to Capt. William Bronaugh dated January 18, 1775, a letter to the "Officers and Soldiers of the Militia in the Counties of Hunterdon, Burlington, Gloucester, Salem and Cumberland," 1777, encouraging them to fight for freedom, and a letter dated August 26, 1787, from George Washington to his nephew, George Augustine Washington, with instructions in regards to the maintenance of his Mt. Vernon estate. Copies of letters include Washington to Richard Henry Lee dated August 29, 1775, one photocopied letter to the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, dated December 28, 1796, one photocopied letter to the trustees of Washington Academy dated June 17, 1798, and one photocopied indenture dated September 30, 1794.


  • Creation: 1775 - 1798


Language of Materials

These materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

The materials from Washington and Lee University Special Collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user assumes full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used should be fully credited with the source. Permission for publication of this material, in part or in full, must be secured with the Head of Special Collections.

Biographical / Historical

George Washington was the first president of the United States and benefactor of Washington Academy (formerly Liberty Hall Academy) in Lexington, Virginia.


.25 Linear Feet

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Repository Details

Part of the Washington and Lee University, University Library Special Collections and Archives Repository

204 W. Washington St.
Lexington VA 24450 USA