facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

George Washington letters on auction block

Jan. 13, 2005 at 1:49 PM   |   Comments

NEW YORK, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- A group of letters written by George Washington containing military orders from 1776 on will be auctioned by Sotheby's in New York.

The eight letters written to Charles Lee, an English-born soldier of fortune, are the first from this correspondence to appear at auction in more than 30 years.

Washington was the newly appointed commander-in-chief of the Continental Army and Lee was the most experienced general officer in that army. They reveal how Washington asserted his authority as Lee seemed more interested in pursuing his own agenda and promoting his own reputation, rather than following Washington's directions.

The letters descended in the Goddard family from William Goddard, who was the first printer in Providence and Baltimore and the literary executor to Lee.

The eight letters range in estimated value from $2,000 to $200,000 and are expected to bring between $572,000 and $813,000 when the sale begins Jan. 22.

© 2005 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Teresa and Joe Giudice distant since sentencing Teresa and Joe Giudice distant since sentencing
2
Uma Thurman's look-alike daughter, Maya, attends film premiere with her mom Uma Thurman's look-alike daughter, Maya, attends film premiere with her mom
3
Heidi Montag conveys 'empathy' for Renee Zellweger Heidi Montag conveys 'empathy' for Renee Zellweger
4
Donnie Wahlberg 'wonderful' in bed, says Jenny McCarthy Donnie Wahlberg 'wonderful' in bed, says Jenny McCarthy
5
Shania Twain announces new album and tour Shania Twain announces new album and tour
Trending News
Around the Web
x
Feedback