Lot #7003
George Washington: Edward Everett Document Signed and Autograph Quotation Signed

"Washington was the greatest of good men & the best of great men"

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Estimate: $400+


"Washington was the greatest of good men & the best of great men"

American statesman (1794-1865) renowned for his oratory, best remembered for giving the speech preceding Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. Two items associated with George Washington: an AQS signed "Edward Everett, Boston, 23 July 1864," on an off-white 4.5 x 2.5 slip, in full: "Washington was the greatest of good men & the best of great men"; and a partly-printed certificate for the Auxiliary Mount Vernon Fund, one page, 8 x 5, January 13, 1859, in full: "Received of Mr. J. S. Reigart the sum of one dollar as a subscription to the Fund for the purchase of Mount Vernon." Nicely matted and framed with portraits of Everett and Washington, as well as a typed description, to an overall size of 26.75 x 18. In fine condition, with toning to the document.

After resigning his seat in the United States Senate in 1854, Everett continued his public service by delivering a lecture on the character of George Washington, the proceeds of which he contributed to the purchase and preservation of his Mount Vernon estate. A willing traveler, Everett journeyed the length and breadth of the country, addressing large audiences everywhere, and ultimately turned over to the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association of the Union a total of $69,064. Everett delivered his lecture no less than 129 times.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: U.S. Presidents
  • Dates: #630 - Ended February 17, 2022