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This is a copy of a letter that George Washington wrote to a man in Dublin, Ireland. Washington says that he is honored that the Irish gentleman's son was named for him. Washington also acknowledges a gift of linen fabric. In the 18th century, Ireland produced the finest linen. At that time, linen fabric was used for many types of clothing. This letter shows how polite and formal correspondence was at that time. Men often signed their letters using some combination of humble and obedient servant. The fact that the newspaper thought fit to print this copy of a letter from George Washington shows how revered Washington was after the Revolutionary War ended.

 

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Letter from George Washington to resident in Dublin published in the Hampshire Gazette newspaper

publisher   Hampshire Gazette
author   George Washington (1732-1799)
date   Jan 17, 1787
location   Northampton, Massachusetts
height   3.0"
width   2.0"
process/materials   printed paper, ink
item type   Periodicals/Newspaper
accession #   #L06.086


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"The Illustrated American Biography; Containing Correct Portraits of The Principal Actors in American History"

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