Recently up for sale is a letter of encouragement George Washington wrote to Philadelphia’s leaders towards the middle of the American Revolutionary War.
As Army General and then first U.S. President, George Washington serves as an important figure to history buffs everywhere. His handwritten letters have sold for thousands and millions of dollars. Recently up for sale is a letter of encouragement he wrote to Philadelphia’s leaders towards the middle of the American Revolutionary War.
This particular letter is being sold for $120,000 by the Raab Collection based in Ardmore, Pennsylvania. The historic documents dealer bought the letter from a private collector.
Beginning in late December of 1778, Washington stayed in Philadelphia for more than a month to discuss the war’s efforts and strategies after British forces withdrew from the city, which was then restored as the country’s capital. The focus then shifted to defending New York City.
Washington wrote the letter on December 30, 1778. After congratulating Philadelphia’s leaders on winning the city back, he writes, “And I sincerely hope that a persevering exercise of the same national virtues which have hereto frustrated the designs of the enemy will perpetuate to this city a full enjoyment of all the blessings which have been the objects of the present glorious and important contest.”
Seller Nathan Raab stated that the letter “breathes with the optimism that Washington instilled and that made him famous.”