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Agreement between John Augustine Washington III and the MVLA, 1858 April 6

 Item — Box: 1

Scope and Contents

There are several copies of this document as well as this original copy. This document was offered by Henry Woodhouse of New York, along with eight other items, for $2,000 in April 1963. Mr. Woodhouse suggested that this document was in the hand of Ann Pamela Cunninghman, but this is likely not the case.

In the agreement, John A. Washington agrees to sell Mount Vernon to the MLVA for the sum of $200,000. This includes the mansion, tomb, grounds, and wharf. The sale is to be financed by $18,000 in cash as well as four bonds. The bonds are to be made payable on the following dates and worth the following amounts: January 1, 1859 ($57,000), February 22, 1860 ($41,666.66), February 22, 1861 ($41,666.67), and February 22, 1862 ($41,666.67) - plus whatever interests were accumulated. The agreement further establishes that John A. Washington and his heirs have the right to bury members of the family in the family vault.

RM-56; RM 1055; ER 5696; Box 21


  • 1858 April 6


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From the Series: 2 Linear Feet

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Repository Details

Part of the Archives of the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association Repository

PO Box 3600
Mount Vernon VA 22121 USA