Lot 147
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(Washington, George)

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  • (Washington, George)
  • An announcement of the death of George Washington in The Constitutional Telegraph, Vol. I, No, 26. Boston: Parker’s Printing Office, 28 December 1799
  • ink, paper
4 pages (19 5/8 x 12 1/4, uncut and preserving deckle) on a bifolium of laid paper, text in four columns, all pages with woodcut mourning rules; foxed.


Christie's New York, December 10, 1999, lot 224

Catalogue Note

News of George Washington’s death reaches New England. The death of George Washington on December 14, 1799, shocked the nation, and his contemporaries immediately recognized that the first great age in American history had passed. The news of his death, and the honors paid to him, spread in the way typical of the eighteenth-century, with local reports being carried to neighboring towns, where they were reprinted and sent further on their way, to be reprinted again. Much of the third page of this issue of The Constitutional Telegraph is devoted to such stories of Washington, gleaned from the New York and Philadelphia press. The reports include Tobias Lear’s description of the first president’s demise (“Not a groan nor a complaint escaped him, though in extreme distress. With perfect resignation, and a full possession of his reason, he closed his well spent life”); eulogies by President John Adams and Secretary of War James McHenry; and memorial notices placed by the Society of the Cincinnati and the by the Boston Independent Fusiliers.