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.

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Original on loan to the Maryland State Archives. Image courtesy of the Maryland State Archives.
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