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Washington, George, 1732-1799 -- Relics

Subject Source: Local sources

Found in 5 Collections and/or Records:

Eleanor Parke Custis Lewis, Woodlawn, to Elizabeth Bordley Gibson, Philadelphia, 1824 November 24

 Item — Drawer 22, Folder: 1824.11.24
Identifier: A-569.106
Scope and Contents

Contains explicit instructions and sketch for the making of a pin out of George and Martha Washington’s hair for George Washington Lafayette.

Dates: 1824 November 24

Letter, Eliza Parke Custis Law to Mrs. Gideon Snow, 1828 October 18

 Item — Box 53, Folder: 1828.10.18
Identifier: A-607
Scope and Contents

A.D.S. 2 pages. Eliza presents her friend the attached clipping of two words ["that it"] cut from something written by George Washington -- she also attached a small piece of velvet worn by him -- all in thanks for Snow's kindnesses since Eliza's arrival in Boston. Name on original manuscript appears as "Eliza Parke Custis." Autograph document signed, laminated.

Dates: 1828 October 18

Letter, Eliza Parke Custis to John Lutz, 1828 April 14

 Item — Box 53, Folder: 1828.04.14
Identifier: RM-1204
Scope and Contents

The letter includes a swatch of velvet cloth worn by George Washington stitched to the letter to thank Lutz for his time as the Sergeant of Washington guard at Valley Forge.

Dates: 1828 April 14

Letter, Robert E. Lee to Edward Hedden, 1866 March 23

 Item — Box 78, Folder: 1866.03.23
Identifier: RM-837; MS-5287
Scope and Contents

Lexington. Lee acknowledges receipt of three articles that were removed from the Custis House (Arlington) during the Civil War and sent back to him by Hedden. Lee grants Hedden's request for the satin engraving of George Washington drawn by Dr. Charles Buxton. This letter of thanks accompanies the return of the picture to Hedden. Engraving owned by MVLA [W-2796]. Autograph letter signed, with envelope.

Dates: 1866 March 23

Note, provenance information, undated no. 184

 Item — Box 87, Folder: undated no. 184
Identifier: RM-1163; MS-5861/A
Scope and Contents

Manuscript notes on the provenance of a cross purported to be a piece of George Washington's coffin. According to the manuscript, the cross was taken "by bribing a negro" when Washington's body was transfered to the new tomb in 1831.

Dates: undated no. 184