Certificate of Proxy
[10 January 1798]
Know all men by these presents that I Eleanor Parke Custis of Fairfax County, State of Virginia, do hereby constitute and appoint George Washington of County and State aforesaid, to be my substitute & Proxy; for me, & in my name and behalf, to vote at the next annual Election for nine Directors of the Bank of Alexandria, as fully as I might, or could do, were I personally present.1 Given under my hand and Seal this 10th day of January 1798.
Sealed & delivered in presence of
D (photocopy), in GW’s hand, ViMtvL.
1. GW wrote in his diary for 15 Jan.: “I went to Alexandria to a meeting of the Stockholders of that Bank to an Election of Directors” (Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 6:277).