WASHINGTON, George (1732-1799). Address panel with autograph free frank signed ("G:o Washington"), as Commander in Chief of the Continental Army, 5 August 1777.
1 page, oblong 8vo, 3 x 6 1/2 in., dated along left edge, matted and framed with edges visible, unexamined out of frame. An address panel to Colonel George Baylor. Provenance: Charles Hamilton authenticity label and wax seal on back of frame.
A FINE WASHINGTON FRANKING SIGNATURE on an address panel addressed in a different hand, intended for Colonel George Baylor "of a Regt. of Horses near Fredericksburg Virginia." Baylor served as Washington's first aide-de-camp during the Revolutionary War. He was later appointed to lead the 3rd Regiment of Continental Light Dragoons, which often served as escort for Martha Washington. SIGNED BY WASHINGTON AS DELEGATES BEGAN SIGNING THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE.