Manuscript Collection

George Washington Papers - Accession 133 - M60 (75)


George Washington Papers - Accession 133 - M60 (75)


Download George Washington Letter - June 14, 1783 (2.8 MB)


Accession 133 - M60 (75)

Inclusive Dates

1783, 1952, 1970, nd


Open under the rules and regulations of the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections

Collection Size

63 pieces



Historical Note

George Washington (1732- 1799) was the first President of the United States, the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States.

Scope and Content Note

The George Washington Papers includes a circular (21 pp.) from George Washington to John Matthews, Governor of South Carolina, dispatched from Washington’s headquarters at Newburgh, New York on June 14, 1783 and concerning Washington’s resignation as commander-in-chief. Washington also urges the legislators to act on certain matters that he considers necessary to keep the new nation functioning, including the payment of public debts incurred during the war. The collection also includes newspaper clippings and letters relating to how Winthrop obtained the circular.


The George Washington Papers were received by Winthrop College via former Winthrop Board of Trustee member, Daniel W. McLaurin sometime before 1951. An agreement was made between the South Carolina Department of Archives and History (since the documents are considered official state records) on September 22, 1980 allowing the Winthrop Archives to maintain the documents.


George Washington, American Revolution, John Mathews-SC Governor, Circulars, Letters


For information concerning copyright please contact the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections at Winthrop University.

George Washington Papers - Accession 133 - M60 (75)