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Lot #123
George Washington

Monument campaign for a "great American Mother"

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Monument campaign for a "great American Mother"

Printed pamphlet soliciting funds for the construction of a new funerary monument for Mary Ball Washington, three pages on two adjoining sheets, 8 x 12.5, with reverse of second page hand-addressed to "His Excellency Governor Wolfe, Harrisburg, Pensylvania [sic].” The pamphlet, dated Fredericksburg, June 1, 1831, and issued by the 15-person “Monumental Committee of Fredericksburg," reads, in part: “In a romantic spot, selected by herself, and in sight of this Town, lie interred the remains of the Mother of Washington. Appointed, as you will perceive from the accompanying documents, by those citizens who are desirous, by a Monument, to rescue from oblivion this hallowed spot, and do honor to the memory of this great American Mother—we solicit your co-operation in this National design, by giving publicity to our proceedings—procuring and receiving (in such manner as you may deem most expedient,) the contributions your fellow citizens may please to offer, and finally forwarding the result to our Treasurer, William Allen, Esq.” In very good to fine condition, with splitting along folds, and a repaired area to seal-related paper loss on the address leaf.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autographs and Artifacts
  • Dates: #525 - Ended April 11, 2018