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George Washington to Martha Washington, 18 June 1775

June 18, 1775
Revolutionary War Series [ 1775 - 1783 ]
Coming of the Revolution, Revolutionary War, Washington the Solider

Letter from George Washington to his wife Martha Washington in which he informs her that he has been selected as Commander of the Continental Army and telling her how to prepare for the impending war.   This letter is part of a series; more information can be found on the “The Road to Revolution” page. Please also see related documents below.


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ALS, DTPF. Martha Washington destroyed nearly all of GW’s letters to her shortly before her death in 1802. This letter, and the one of 23 June 1775, was found by Martha Parke Custis Peter, one of Martha Washington’s granddaughters, in a drawer of a small desk that she inherited from Mrs. Washington. See Armistead Peter, Tudor Place (Washington, D.C., 1969), 44–45.
The original document used here is from the Tudor Place Foundation, Inc.

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