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George Washington Document Signed as President - Three-Language Ship's Papers for a Trade Voyage

President George Washington sends a schooner to St. Sebastian, laden with "Fish, Flour, Soap, Provisions, Indigo, Coffee, Cocoa, Leather & Shoes"

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President George Washington sends a schooner to St. Sebastian, laden with "Fish, Flour, Soap, Provisions, Indigo, Coffee, Cocoa, Leather & Shoes"

Partly-printed DS as president, signed “Go: Washington,” one page, 12.75 x 15.75, September 1, 1794. Three-language ship's papers issued to "George Smith, master or commander of the Schooner called the Hector...lying at present in the port of Salem, bound for St. Sebastian, and laden with Fish, Flour, Soap, Provisions, Indigo, Coffee, Cocoa, Leather & Shoes.” Neatly signed in the center by President George Washington and countersigned by Secretary of State Edmund Randolph. Handsomely mounted, matted, and framed with an engraved portrait to an overall size of 29 x 23. In very good to fine condition, with scattered light foxing, Washington's signature light but fully legible, and possible complete backing on the reverse (not examined out of the frame).

When France declared war on England in February of 1793, the US was put in a precarious position, proclaiming neutrality but still formally allied with France under the treaty of 1778. Both sides harassed and seized American ships. Used to establish proof of nationality and guarantee protection for ships, these documents were signed in bulk by Washington and Randolph, then forwarded to the collectors of customs at different ports for distribution. There, local officials would confirm the legitimacy of the vessels, their cargo, and their personnel.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts
  • Dates: #680 - Ended December 06, 2023





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