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Death of George Washington 1800 Massachusetts Resolves 

[WASHINGTON, GEORGE] Printed Booklet, "Resolves, &c. of the General Court of Massachusetts", 9" x 14", 51pp, Boston, January 8, 1800. Pages are numbered 36-80 with a title page and 6pp index, bound in string. Printed by Young and Minns, Printers to the State. Paper covering to front and back is markedly tattered, internal pages are chipped at edges, dampstained, and toned, but text is very legible. Good to Very Good.

On the title page is a message from Lieutenant Governor Moses Gill (1733-1800), which reads, "The death of General George Washington is an event truly distressing. The President of the United States, on the 24th of December last, agreeably to a Resolve of Congress of that day, has, by Proclamation recommended to the Citizens a uniform mode to express their profound sorrow on this occasion. If you, Gentlemen, should think proper to adopt any measure in conformity with said Resolve of Congress, I shall readily concur with you."

Gill's speech, delivered in the State House on January 10, 1800 before the Senate and House, is printed on pages 36-37. A "State of the Commonwealth" address, it covered topics such as education, agriculture, and the enforcement of "the law for the due observance" of the Sabbath. Referring to the "unfeigned sorrow universally exhibited" after death of Governor Sumner, Gill laments "the loss of another Patriot, General George Washington, whose invaluable life was the ornament, example and defence of our Nation."

Resolves on pages 39-40 relate to the death of George Washington, "resolve for commemorating his sublime virtues" (page 39) and "resolve for erecting a monument to his memory" (page 40).  

This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.


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