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We are seeking funds to conserve several of the most important national treasures in our collection, including items owned and used by General George Washington, Patrick Henry, and other members of the Founding generation. Once conserved, these items will be displayed in special exhibitions, and, eventually, in the new museum. A few examples of items in immediate need of conservation are noted below.

Lieutenant-Colonel George Wilson's Sword

This American-made short saber passed down through the family of Scottish immigrant George Wilson (1729- 1777) who was appointed Lieutenant Colonel of the 8th Pennsylvania Regiment on July 20, 1776.  Wilson’s regiment was recruited in western Pennsylvania during the summer and fall of 1776, and performed a harrowing march across the Allegheny Mountains in December of that year to reinforce General Washington’s army in New Jersey.  The sword’s silver-mounted scabbard bears the inscription “G Wilson 1777,” suggesting that Wilson acquired this sword in eastern Pennsylvania shortly before his death in February 1777. At a later date, descendents added the commemorative inscription “Sword of Col. George Wilson at Trenton Christmas 1776.”

A Volume from George Washington's Library

Revolutionary War veteran and financier James Swan presented this copy of his 1786 pamphlet, National Arithmetic or, Observations on the finances of the commonwealth of Massachusetts, to George Washington on January 27, 1787, following a visit to Mount Vernon. The Scottish-born Swan, who had settled in Boston in 1765, was a member of the Sons of Liberty and a veteran of the Boston Tea Party (1773) and the Battle of Bunker Hill (1775). National Arithmetic included observations on taxation and public policy, Swan informed Washington in the letter that accompanied the work, “which will apply to all the states.” Advocating a stronger federal union on the eve of the Constitutional Convention that Washington would soon travel to Philadelphia to preside over, this presentation copy of National Arithmetic is a national treasure that powerfully links the American Revolution, George Washington and the United States Constitution.

General George Washington's Camp Cups

Patrick Henry's Law Books