o Washington") as Commander-in-Chief, Continental Army, to Miss Anna Clifton in Philadelphia, Camp at Cambridge [Mass.], 14 September 1775. 1 full page, folio, integral address leaf neatly inlaid to a larger sheet, addressed in Washington's hand,WITH A FINE, INTACT IMPRESSION OF WASHINGTON'S RED WAX PERSONAL SEAL ON ADDRESS PANEL a few repairs to extreme margins and to holes at fold intersections." /> WASHINGTON, George (1732-1799), <I>President</I>. Autograph letter signed ("G:<SUP>o</SUP> Washington") as Commander-in-Chief, Continental Army, to Miss Anna Clifton in Philadelphia, Camp at Cambridge [Mass.], 14 September 1775. <I>1 full page, folio, integral address leaf neatly inlaid to a larger sheet, addressed in Washington's hand</I>,WITH A FINE, INTACT IMPRESSION OF WASHINGTON'S RED WAX PERSONAL SEAL ON ADDRESS PANEL <I>a few repairs to extreme margins and to holes at fold intersections.</I> | Christie's
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    12 June 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

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    WASHINGTON, George (1732-1799), President. Autograph letter signed ("G:o Washington") as Commander-in-Chief, Continental Army, to Miss Anna Clifton in Philadelphia, Camp at Cambridge [Mass.], 14 September 1775. 1 full page, folio, integral address leaf neatly inlaid to a larger sheet, addressed in Washington's hand,WITH A FINE, INTACT IMPRESSION OF WASHINGTON'S RED WAX PERSONAL SEAL ON ADDRESS PANEL a few repairs to extreme margins and to holes at fold intersections.

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    WASHINGTON, George (1732-1799), President. Autograph letter signed ("G:o Washington") as Commander-in-Chief, Continental Army, to Miss Anna Clifton in Philadelphia, Camp at Cambridge [Mass.], 14 September 1775. 1 full page, folio, integral address leaf neatly inlaid to a larger sheet, addressed in Washington's hand,WITH A FINE, INTACT IMPRESSION OF WASHINGTON'S RED WAX PERSONAL SEAL ON ADDRESS PANEL a few repairs to extreme margins and to holes at fold intersections.

    MILITARY CENSORSHIP: WASHINGTON PLEADS "THE CRUEL NECESSITY OF THE TIMES" TO JUSTIFY CENSORING HIS OFFICERS' MAIL

    A highly unusual letter, written during the eight months siege of Boston. Washington evidently is responding to Miss Clifton's complaint that a letter addressed to her from one Captain Ellis (perhaps a suitor?) had been opened and presumably read before it was delivered to her. In conciliatory tones, Washington explains the need for military censorship, even of his officer's letters: "I am sorry that the cruel necessity of the times should cause you to receive a Letter thro' my hands, open;--the only apology I can make for it is, that all Letters which pass the lines In, or out, of Boston, do, in consequence of general orders to the Officers Commanding at those Posts, undergo an Inspection; and that Captn. Ellis's Letter to you had met this fate before it got to my hands...."

    The "Captain Ellis" who had written to Miss Clifton may be Paul Ellis, who commanded the 15th Massachusetts Foot under Washington during the Boston siege, and was killed in the Battle of Monmouth, 28 June 1778. Evidently unpublished, not in Papers, Revolutionary War Series, ed. W.W. Abbot, vol.1.


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