24 June 2009
WASHINGTON, George. Autograph endorsement, unsigned, 20 November 1768. Endorsed upon verso of an order by Capt. Charles Edmonstone's 20 November 1768. 1 page, 4to, creases expertly mended, tipped at top edge to another sheet. Washington's endorsement six-lines, 17-words.
Captain Edmonstone, of the Royal regiment of Ireland, and commander at the garrison at Fort Pitt, grants Lawrence Harrison permission to enclose the fields around Big Meadows, an area where Washington was always eager to expand his land holdings. Harrison is granted permission to enclose a tract "on General Braddock's Road...for Pasturage and top raise grain for the use of Pack Horses, Beef, Cattle &c. that may be sent up for the Benefit of this Garrison, also to keep a House of Entertainment for the Accommodation of His Majesty's Troops and other Travellers..." Washington's endorsement on the verso reads: "Chas. Edmonstone Esq., his permit to Lawe Harrison to take up the Great Meadws, 20th Nov. 1768." Edmonstone remained in charge of the garrison until General Gage ordered it evacuated and destroyed in 1772.
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