Pres. George Washington's Appointment of William Carmichael as Charges des Affairs to Spain

Date:
1790

On the walls of Wright's Chance hangs on one of the few documents signed by both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson was serving as Secretary of State in Washington's first term in office at the time. The document is a Presidential appointment naming William Carmichael (c.1739-1795), a Congressman from Queen Anne's County in Maryland, as Charge des Affaires to the the court of his Catholic Majesty, the King of Spain. One of America's first "secret agents," Carmichael smuggled papers out of London for the Continental Congress sewn inside the cover of a pocket dictionary.

credits:
Original on loan to the Maryland State Archives. Image courtesy of the Maryland State Archives.
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Franklin, Jefferson, Adams, And Hamilton Cartoon

Date:
August 1968
Creator:
Michael Ramus
Publisher/Studio:
American Heritage

In this cartoon, Michael Ramus lampoons the bickering between four Founding Fathers by arming them with mud to throw and fish with which to slap each other.

Description (physical):

H: 16 3/4", W: 13 3/4"

Location:
Gaithersburg, Maryland
Identifier:
2010.0001.0018
Institution:
American Heritage Archives