[GEORGE WASHINGTON] CHARLES CARROLL OF ANNAPOLIS. As Catholics, both father and son were barred from Maryland political office after the Protestant Revolution of the late 17th century. He began courting Elizabeth Brooke in 1726, but they did not marry until 1757, when their son was twenty years old. Senator from Maryland, breaking through the barrier of Catholic office-holding in the state. FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR-DATED AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED BY CHARLES CARROLL OF ANNAPOLIS PROVIDING EARLY AND FASCINATING CONTENT ON GEORGE WASHINGTON REGARDING A LAND CASE AND GOLD BULLION. French and Indian War-dated autograph letter signed by, Cha. Carroll, to Robert Carter Nicholas providing early and fascinating content on George Washington regarding a land case and gold bullion. The letter is three pages on a bifolium with docketing on the verso of the last page, measures 9.25 by 7.75 inches, created in Annapolis, Maryland on June 10, 1760, in fine condition having been professionally silked on the recto and verso, originally from the Charles I. Forbes collection, and accompanied with a signed letter of provenance from the superintendent of the Morristown National Historical Park providing additional information on the Washington content. The letter reads in part: It is needless to tell you I think I have met with great injustice from yr General Court… I therefore cannot conceive wt grounds ye Court had to say yt I promised to indemnify Clifton. It is at present a mistery to me… I have ye Honour to have a slight knowledge of yr Govr & to be better acquainted with his Character. THE LETTER IS ORIGINALLY FROM THE CHARLES I. FORBES COLLECTION AND ACCOMPANIED WITH A SIGNED LETTER OF PROVENANCE FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT OF THE MORRISTOWN NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK PROVIDING ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THE WASHINGTON CONTENT. This letter involves the complicated legal proceedings surrounding land owned by William Clifton at Cliftons Neck, Virginia, just north of George Washingtons Mount Vernon estate. Clifton was in perennial financial difficulty and had mortgaged the land to Charles Carroll, William Digges, and John Addison of Maryland. Over the years, several other Marylanders including Benjamin Tasker and Ignatius Digges also became involved in Cliftons complicated affairs. In November 1755, the court ordered the sale of more than 2,300 acres of Cliftons land. Later in 1759, George Washington became one of the commissioners, leaving Washington in the awkward position of being both a commissioner and a potential purchaser of some of Cliftons lands. THE LETTER PROVIDES WONDERFUL INSIGHT INTO WASHINGTONS LEGAL AND BUSINESS DEALINGS AT A TIME IN HIS LIFE THAT IS NOT WELL DOCUMENTED AND UNKNOWN. The commissioners met at Mount Vernon with Clifton, his attorney, and two of Cliftons creditors. They prepared a report with the amount due each of Cliftons creditors and sent it to the General Court in Williamsburg. However, not all of the parties agreed to the settlement. Cliftons attorney threatened to appeal the decree order the sale and Clifton refused to vacate the land until 1762. Charles Carroll refused to deliver his mortgage on the property and threatened to appeal to the Privy Council in London. Williamsburg attorneys Robert Carter Nicholas and George Wythe sought to resolve this dispute and worked for both Charles Carroll and George Washington. They were already recognized as two of the most talented legal minds in Virginia. Nicholas was a burgess for York County and Wythe was a burgess for the College of William and Mary. If he should continue as earnest in the Matter as he seemd to be the last Time we heard from him, we suppose he will apply for & obtain a Writ of privy Seal to remove the Cause to England; if he should do this, we have very little Doubt but that so much of the Decree, as respects him, will be reversed. Mr Carrols original Demand, or rather Mr Ig. Carroll refused to settle with Washington and not until thirty years later did Carrolls son, Charles Carroll of Carrollton, give Washington a clear title to the land. Carroll informed Nicholas that he had sent eight pistoles to William Digges, who planned to forward it to Nicholas and Wythe by Colonel George Washington. A pistole was a Spanish gold coin, commonly used in Virginia at least until the 1760s. At that time, a pistole was worth almost a pound or a little over 18 shillings. In January 1759, he married wealthy widow Martha Dandridge Custis and settled into life as a Virginia planter and member of the House of Burgesses. The present letter provides wonderful insight into Washingtons legal and business dealings at a time in his life that is not well documented and unknown. The item “Charles Carroll Letter Signed Early Content on George Washington in 1760″ is in sale since Friday, March 20, 2020. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Autographs\Historical”. The seller is “grayautographs” and is located in Spartanburg, South Carolina. 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- Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
- Original/Reproduction: Original
- Signed by: Charles Carroll of Annapolis
- Autograph Authentication: Guaranteed to pass PSA/DNA, JSA, or Beckett