Third-person ADS in Washington’s hand, signed within the text, "George Washington," one page, 6.25 x 3, Philadelphia, June 2, 1773. Handwritten receipt, penned on the back of an advertisement for "Cards made by James McEvoy Card-maker in Ordinary to Her Majesty Piccadilly St. James's," in full: "Receiv'd from George Washington the Sum of Twenty three pounds Curr'y for a dark bay horse sold him at Publick Vendue." Signed at the conclusion by John Lort. Double-cloth-matted with a copy of the front of the advertisement, two color images of Washington, and a small engraved plaque to an overall size of 26 x 24.5. In fine condition, with light show-through from writing on the reverse.
This document helps to trace Washington's journey home after dropping off his stepson, John Parke Custis, at King's College in New York (now Columbia University) on May 31st. According to his diary, he arrived in Philadelphia at 9 o'clock in the morning on June 2nd, and apparently made this transaction for a horse later that day. He then continued south, passing through Baltimore on the 6th and arriving home at Mount Vernon on June 8th. One of the finest riders of his time, Washington actively participated in all facets of horsemanship, from breeding and racing to hunting and trading. This receipt holds distinction not only in its relation to the founding father’s favorite pastime, but also in its large, attractive signature—one of few full "George Washington" autographs that we have encountered.
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