WASHINGTON, GEORGE, President . Autograph document signed (GWashington"), a survey of land for Owen Rogers, n.p., [Virginia], 27 April 1751. 2 pages, 4to, comprising the description of the plt of the left and, facing it on the right, Washington's han...
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WASHINGTON, GEORGE, President . Autograph document signed (GWashington"), a survey of land for Owen Rogers, n.p., [Virginia], 27 April 1751. 2 pages, 4to, comprising the description of the plt of the left and, facing it on the right, Washington's hand-drawn survey, the two leaves cleanly detached at central fold, slight fold separation of survey leaf, tiny nick to one corner, otherwise in very good condition, the ink exceptionally dark. A WASHINGTON SURVEY AT AGE 19 After swearing allegiance to the person and government of the King, Washington received from William & Mary College on 20 January 1749 his commission as County Surveyor for Culpepper County. His first dated survey was finished on 27 February 1748, and in the following years Washington accomplished a substantial number, the fees from enabled him to make his first land purchases several years later. "Pursuant to a warrant from the Proprietor's Office to Me directed I have survey'd for Owen Rogers a certain tract of waste Land situate on a branch of the Cacapehon [River] and bounded as follows Viz: [a detailed description of the tract and its boundaries follows]...[comprising] Two hund[re]d and sixty acres this 27th of Ap[ri]l 1751." At bottom left are the names of three agents or land commissioners, John Lonem, William Reynolds and George Lotts. The plat drawing by Washington on the right depicts the rectangular tract with the dimensions of each side carefully labelled. The curving course of two tributaries of the Cacapehon is clearly indicated. On the verso of this leaf is Washington's endorsement: "Owen Rogers's Plat for 260 acres," and, in another hand, the note "Deed drawn." A relatively early survey of property in the newly opened Shenandoah grants, and one of the few available Washington autographs from this early period. The J. William Middendorf Collection (sold at Christie's, New York, 17 May 1989) contained four Washington surveys, and several documents related to his surveying, the largest group offered in some years. The earliest of that group bore the date 5 April 1750 (lot 313) and the next was dated 25 April 1751. Since the sale of the Middendorf collection, few have been offered at auction.
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