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Series I: Washington [series]:
Washington before the Revolutionary War [subseries]:
"Chain and Poles"
Original drawing, from one of George Washington's "schoolbooks," dated "Aet. 14."

Title Page of a Book of Surveys
Title page of a book of surveys for the period 1749-1750, dated "Aet.17." With a hand-drawn map and Washington's annotations: "Then surveyed for Mr. Richard Barnes of Richmond County a certain tract of waste and ungranted land situate[d] in Culpeper County"

Mathematical and Geological Drawings and Figures
Page from a book of surveys for the period 1749-1750, dated "Aet.18".

The Revolutionary War [subseries]:
Washington, George, to William Heath
ALS in English, plus a modern transcription (tapuscript).Washington asks General William Heath, commander of the Highland Department of the Continental Army, to "send forward the articles most essential to the convenience and comfort of the men. [...] the articles most wanted will be Blankets, Waistcoats, Woolen Overhalls, and Stockings... to rub thro' the Severity of Winter."

[Orde]r of Battle for 1781 -- Light Infantry
Order of battle and chain of command for the Virginia Campaign. General Lafayette is the commander of the U.S. light infantry.

Washington, George to Lafayette
ALS in English, not listed in the 1871 catalogue. Washington sends a letter of recommendation for Mr. [Zephaniah] Platt, a member of the New York State Senate, and his wife, who are going to England "and probably to France."

Washington's Presidency [subseries]:
Washington, George, to Edmund Randolph
ALS in English. This is the draft of the letter to the former U.S. Attorney General and current Secretary of State, reproduced in John C. Fitzpatrick (ed.), "The Complete Writings of George Washington From the Original Manuscript Sources, 1745-1799," 1932-1940, vol. 33, p. 521-2. Washington evokes the departure of the First Lady from the federal city of Washington because of the epidemic of yellow fever; the existence of " a faction in the Army of the United States [that] is attempting the ruin of General Wayne"; and his intention to move his troops to Fort Cumberland, Maryland, before their march to suppress the Whiskey Rebellion in Western Pennsylvania.

Washington, George, to James Madison
ALS in English. This is the draft of the letter reproduced in John C. Fitzpatrick (ed.), "The Complete Writings of George Washington...," vol. 34, p. 485-6; it concerns the situation in the United States of "Mr. Fayette" [sic], that is, of George Washington Lafayette "and his family." While her husband was held in foreign captivity, and she herself was in the prisons of the Terror, the Marquise de Lafayette entrusted the safety of their 17-year-old son to the Washingtons.

Gentleman Farmer at Mount Vernon [subseries]:
Washington, George, to Anthony Whiting
Envelope addressed to Whiting, of of the farm manager at Mount Vernon. Letter is missing. Authenticated by Sparks: "Washington's Handwriting."

"Terms on Which the Farmers at Mount Vernon May be Obtained"
Autograph with a table of rotation of crops. Washington also stipulates gis conditions with respect to slaves: "lthough the admission of Slaves with the Tenants will not be absolutely prohibited; It would, nevertheless, be a pleasing circumstance to exclude them; If not entirely, at least in a great degree: To do which, is not among the least inducements for dividing the farms into small lots."

Washington, George, to James Anderson
ALS in English. In this letter to his new farm manager and business partner, Washington discusses the sojourn in America of agriculture expert Richard Parkinson, who came to America to rent one of the farms of Washington, and published a detailed account of his experience in his "Travel in America" [complete title: "Tour In America In 1798, 1799, And 1800: Exhibiting Sketches of Society and Manners, and a Particular Account of The America System of Agriculture, With Its Recent Improvements," London: 1805. Cornell Rare Books E164 .P24 1805]

Signatures of George Washington [subseries]:
Five signatures
Marked by Jared Sparks: "[The last signature was applied] four days before his death."

Series II: Franklin [series]:
Before the Declaration of Independence [subseries]:
Fragment on the Parable of the Good Samaritan and Articles of Faith
Autograph, authenticated and dated by Jared Sparks. The document described as "Articles of Faith" in the 1871 catalogue contains the statement "God governs the world." .

Franklin, Benjamin, to Rev. George Whitefield
Facsimile of a letter, on religion and ethics.

"The Mother Country"
Lyrics of a patriotic song, perhaps written by Benjamin Franklin. Annotation by Sparks: "Franklin's hand-writing. J.S."

Franklin, Benjamin, to Mrs. Franklin
ALS in English. From London, sends his love to his wife, his daughter and son-in-law, "cousin [Timothy] Folger," "and all Friends."

Franklin, Benjamin, to Mrs. Franklin
Envelope of a letter to "Mrs. Franklin, Philadelphia."

The French-American Alliance [subseries]:
News from "The Boston Gazette"
Autograph authenticated by Jared Sparks: "Dr. Franklin's Handwriting." The article contained an account of the Battle of Branywine, and praised the military accomplishments of foreign officers, especially Lafayette, Pulaski, and Fleury.

Draft for the Declaration Annuling the Eleventh and Twelth Articles of the Treaty of Amity and Commerce Between the United States of America and France
Autograph authenticated by Jared Sparks: "Dr. Franklin's Handwriting."


Autographed document, not listed in the 1871 catalogue. List of questions regarding the war, and especially the role played by the French Navy under Vice-Admiral d'Estaing.

Franklin, Benjamin, to Mme Brillon
Autograph with the title "Ephemera." According to the 1871 auction catalogue, "this is perhaps the most graceful of the author's jeux d'esprit."

Adams, John, and Franklin, Benjamin, to William Temple Franklin
ALS in English, containing instructions to young Franklin regarding a diplomatic mission.

Adams, John, and Franklin, Benjamin, to William Temple Franklin
ALS in English, containing instructions to young Franklin regarding a diplomatic mission.

Bache, Sarah, to George Washington
ALS in English, authenticated by Jared Sparks, regarding military supplies made and sent by the wives and daughters of revolutionary fighters, and the general conduct of the war by Washington: "we packed the shirts in three boxes... they are two thousand and five in number.. we wish them to be worn with as much pleasure as they were made [...] My father says... that all the old generals amuse themselves in studying the accounts of [your] operations, and approve highly of [your] conduct."

The U.S. Constitution [subseries]:
Franklin, Benjamin, to Daniel Carroll
Franklin's final draft of his last speech in the Federal Convention for forming the Constitution of the United States of America, addressed to "D. Carrol [sic], Esq." This spelling of Carroll's name appears frequently through the records of the Federal Convention. Authenticated by Jared Sparks. The same text appears in the digital edition of "The Papers of Benjamin Franklin" (Packard Humanities Institute) as follows: "From Benjamin Franklin: Speech in the Convention on the Constitution [...] Addressed: D. Carrol Esqr. / Endorsed: D Carrol Draft of Franklin's last Speech in the Convention for forming the Constitution of the United States, September, 1787."

Series III: Lafayette [series]:
Captivity and Exile During the French Revolution [subseries]:
Lafayette, Marquis de, to the Princesse d'Henin [and to his wife]
Autograph in French, authenticated by Jared Sparks-- marked "Written by Lafayette in Prison." The letter begins: ""Je vis encore, ma chere princesse, et je puis vous le mander ; mais ce sont les deux seules choses satisfaisantes que vous devez attendre de mon journal..." (Louis Gottschalk [ed.], "Lafayette: A Guide to Letters, Documents and Manuscripts in the United States," 1975, p. 105.)

Church, John Barker, to George Washington
ALS in English, marked by Jared Sparks: "with a letter from Lafayette to the Princess d'Henin."

Lafayette, Marquis de, to George Washington
ALS in English, marked by Jared Sparks: "(Duplicate) (Letter to Washington.)" This letter was written during the sojourn in Holstein, after Lafayette's liberation. "However uncertain of the fate of my letters, I am happy to let you hear from me, and altho' the filial and grateful sentiments which from my youth have animated my heart need not being remembered to you, it is to me, while so unwilllingly separated from you, a great and necessary consolation to express them." (Gottschalk, p. 112.)

Correspondence with Sparks [subseries]:
Lafayette, Marquis de, to Jared Sparks
ALS in English ALS in English, marked by Jared Sparks: "From General Lafayette. Rec[eive]d June 3, 1830. Jared Sparks." "La Grange. My dear friend/This letter will be transmitted by our fiend Mr. Low..." (Gottschalk, p. 235.)