FoxNews – A seven-page letter signed by George Washington, urging a Pennsylvania delegate to the Continental Congress to help ratify the Constitution, fetched just
under $1.5 million at an auction Friday.
Washington wrote the letter to John Armstrong, a major general in Washington’s
army, in 1788. In it, Washington voiced his passionate support of the newly-drafted
“I have no doubt those persons who are chosen to administer it will have wisdom
enough to discern the influence which their examples as rulers and legislators may
have on the body of the people, and will have virtue enough to pursue that line
of conduct which will most conduce to the happiness of their Country,” the letter
It was not immediately known who the winning bidder was at Christie’s. He or she
placed the bid of $1,443,750 over the phone, beating out a competing bidder in
the auction room.