These are ships papers signed by George Washington June 13, 1796. Each ship showing the American flag and sailing under the protection of the USA, had to have official ships papers signed by the President. These papers gave Captain Nicholas Bartlett the command of the sailing ship “The Nancy”. It was a cargo ship sailing to Bilboa Spain, filled with Fish, Oil, Tobacco, Cocoa, Pepper, Beeswax and dry goods.
The papers are in English, Portuguese and Dutch and signed by George Washington as President. (also Timothy Pickering, Secretary of State; Joseph Hiller, customs collector; and finally at the
end, Edward Pullins, Justice of the peace.)
Actual paper measures 17 in x 13 ½ in., gold gilt frame measures 23 1/2 x 20.
Very good condition, The paper is in very good condition, fading to the seal. Signature is strong, clear and clean. Overall an excellent example of Washington’s signature.
We guarantee this to be authentic. It came from the estate of Mr. Brian Booth, a well known attorney and expert on American history. Mr. Booth was well known for his library and extensive collections of historical documents. This along with the John Hancock papers giving a commission to the same Capt. Nicholas Bartlett in 1782 of a war ship, are the two earliest documents of his collection. They are well framed and in excellent condition.