"Old concerns of the War, with which I have now nothing to do, are still pressed upon me": Autographed Signed Letter From George Washington To His Minister
George Washington Autographed Letter Signed.
Item Number: 39040
Autograph letter signed from George Washington all in his hand to the Reverend Lee Massey, dated July 10, 1784. It reads, “I have been favored with your letter of June 30th—I thank you for the friendly style of it, & pray you to be assured that I shall, at all times, be glad to see you at Mount Vernon. Business, & old concerns of the War, with which I have now nothing to do, are still pressed upon me. This, and Company, has left me little leizure hitherto to look into matters which more immediately relate to myself—but finding it necessary, I mean to devote my forenoons to business, while I give the after part of the day to my friends, ’till I can (if that should ever be) bring my affairs into order again—With this indulgence from my friends, their visits can never be unseasonable—& none will be received with more pleasure than those of Mr. Massey. G Washington” In very good condition with toning from the old silk backing; the letter remains very bold and legible. The letter measures 7 inches by 9 inches. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 16 inches by 18 inches. An exceptional piece of history written after the American Revolution as Washington looked to the future, little would he know that he would become the first President of the United States.
George Washington and The Rev. Massey, who was Washington’s pastor, were two of the twenty-five signers of the Fairfax Resolves in 1774, which rejected the British Parliament's claim of supreme authority over the American colonies; these were among the most influential and radical resolutions passed in the early days of the Revolution. At the end of the Revolution on December 23, 1783, the heroic General Washington resigned his commission and returned home to Mount Vernon, determined to return to private life. The newborn nation still demanded his time, however, and he would re-enter public life in 1787 by leading the Constitutional Convention, before being elected president of the United States in 1789.