Washington’s journal, Bunker Hill Bible up for auction

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A rare newspaper printing of a journal kept by a young George Washington and a small inscribed Bible carried by an American soldier during the Battle of Bunker Hill are among hundreds of historic documents being sold at a New York City auction.

Monday’s 300-lot auction at Bonhams in Manhattan features items from a massive trove of historical papers collected by Eric Caren of Woodstock, New York.

The Washington document is a 1754 publication of the then-22-year-old Virginia surveyor’s journal detailing his failed effort to convince the French to withdraw from the Ohio River Valley. It has a presale price of $60,000 to $90,000.

Also for sale is a pocket King James Bible carried by a Massachusetts soldier who survived Boston’s Bunker Hill battle in 1775. It has a presale price of $50,000 to $80,000.

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