The capstone sale to Sotheby’s Americana Week will include a remarkable group of highly important and valuable historical manuscripts, books, maps, and artifacts spanning more than five centuries. Individual highlights include an autograph letter signed by George Washington, 1757, to Virginia Governor Robert Dinwiddie, making an impassioned statement about the rights of British Americans (Estimate $300,000–400,000); a broadside printed by John Dunlap of the official proclamation of the Treaty of Paris, signed by the President and Secretary of the Continental Congress, which brought the Revolutionary War to an end (Estimate $800–1,200,000); probably the finest copy extant of the first book-form printing of the Declaration of Independence (Estimate $300,000–$500,000); and a copy of the 1823 vellum issue of the W. J. Stone facsimile of the engrossed Declaration of Independence, inscribed in the lower left Presented by the Hon. J.Q. Adams, Sec of State of the U.S. to Thomas Emory, President of the Executive Council of Md. 1824 (Estimate $600,000–800,000). Among the collections to be offered are a group of gifts and keepsakes given to the Marquis de Lafayette during his triumphant 1824–1825 tour of the United States, descended in the family of his granddaughter Jenny de la Tour Maubourg; and the Davy Crockett Collection of David Zucker, which features the last letter written by Crockett known to survive, in which the frontiersman announces he is “on the eve of starting to the Texes”—a journey that would lead him to the Alamo (Estimate $70,000–100,000).