Retirement Series Documents
Washington's Will. George Washington prepared his will alone, without, as he attested, any "professional character" being "consulted" or having "any Agency in the draught." He dated the will, the work of many "leisure hours," the "ninth day of July" in 1799, probably the date that he finished making the final copy. And he put his name at the bottom of all but one of its twenty-nine pages, transcribed here for reading on-line. Also included with the will are a Schedule of Property, and list of "Negros Belonging to George Washington in His Own Right and By Marriage."