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1783 George Washington Revolutionary War-Era Signed Discharge Certificate

Lot Number 1416

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Two months after announcing the end of hostilities and the start of a peace-treaty process that would culminate in Paris, Commander-in-Chief George Washington issued his famous "Circular Letter to the States," in which he advocated for "an indissoluble Union...[with] supreme power to regulate and govern." The very next day, on June 9, 1783, Washington endorsed this discharge of 3rd Connecticut Regiment soldier Enos Tuttle, who received the Badge of Merit for his years of brave service. Indeed, the historic document's reverse-side text actually references the upcoming "Ratification of the definitive Treaty of Peace."


Washington's signature ranges from "5" to "7" in strength, and he is joined by two other notable signers: Aide-de-Camp Jonathan Trumbull Jr. (later a Senator and Governor); and Colonel Samuel Blachley Webb (former Washington aide-de-camp who later served as Grand Marshall at the First Presidential Inauguration, holding the bible on which Washington swore his oath). The discharge certificate's 7 x 12-1/2" visible area shows mild staining throughout and minor professional restoration along the fold lines, including a paper fill at the left-center juncture. Housed in an elegant double-sided frame to measure 14x20. Full LOA from JSA.

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