This document is a relic not only of the man, but of an historic moment cementing the American principle of civilian rule over the military. In the hands of the State of Maryland, it is also a physical reminder of the most notorious event to occur in the state's historic Capitol Building--at that time the Capitol of the United States. The draft contains Washington's own edits, revealing, for example, that he replaced "I here deliver my commission" with the humbler "offer," and that he deleted the words "final" and "ultimate" from his "farewell,"--perhaps foreshadowing his return to public life as the nation's first President.
Yes, I thought, the State's commitment of $1,500,000 was a fine reflection of our values.
But then I discovered that bidding on Britney Spears' hair begins at $1,000,000.