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Washington's letter accepting the position of Lt. General & Commander-in-Chief of the Army...
Item # 668917
July 20, 1798
FEDERAL GAZETTE & BALTIMORE DAILY ADVERTISER, July 20, 1798
* George Washington commissioned by John Adams
* Lieutenant general & Commander-in-chief once again
The front page features a great & detailed notice from the Secretary of the Treasury concerning proposals for supplying the United States with various firearms.
Certainly the most notable item is the page 3 letter signed in type: Go. Washington, in which he accepts the position of Lt. General and Commander-In-Chief of the United States Army. It is a lengthy letter and Washington would hold this position until his death seventeen months later. He participated in the planning for a provisional army to meet any emergency that might arise, but avoided involvement in details as much as possible; he delegated most of the work, including leadership of the army, to Hamilton.
Page 3 has "An Act...for the Punishment of Certain Crimes Against the United States" signed in type by the President: John Adams.
Four pages, handsome masthead, foxing to an upper corner, nice condition.
Category: The 1600's and 1700's