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#2 - George Washington

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Elaborately displayed 1783 Washington military discharge

Partly-printed DS, signed “Go: Washington,” one page both sides, 8 x 12.75, June 9, 1783. Washington discharges an enlisted man. Document reads, in full: “By His Excellency George Washington, Esq., General and Commander in Chief of the Forces of the United States of America. These are to certify that the Bearer hereof Henry Ash…having faithfully served the United States from the 12th March 1780, until the present period being enlisted for the War only, is hereby discharged from the American Army.” Signed at the conclusion by Washington, and also signed by Washington’s aide-de-camp Jonathan Trumbull, Jr. Bottom of the document also notes that Ash was presented the Badge of Merit for three years of faithful service. Printed on the reverse of the document is a statement reading, “The within certificate shall not avail the Bearer as a Discharge, until the ratification of the definitive Treaty of Peace; previous to which Time, and until Proclamation thereof shall be made, He is to be considered as being on Furlough.” Docketing under the statement in a secretarial hand, dated February 11, 1784, reads, “For value rec’d I hereby grant and make over unto Mr. Geo. Fisher my right and claim of Six Hundred Acres of land due me from the State of New York as a Soldier in Col. Lamb’s Regt. of Artillery in the Line of this State given under my hand.” A further statement at the bottom attests that Ash had not previously bargained away the land. Magnificently gilt-matted and framed with a well-done copy of the reverse of the document, a large copy of the U. S. Constitution, a gold-inlaid, sterling silver portrait plate issued in a limited edition by the Franklin Mint in the early-to-mid 1970s, and a portrait of Washington, to an overall size of 41 x 32. In good to very good condition, with intersecting folds, one through a single letter of signature, a few small separations to edges of folds, scattered toning, moderate show-through from writing on reverse, some behind signature, and a couple small mounting remnants to top edge of reverse. Oversized. RR Auction COA.

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