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    [George Washington] Autograph Letter Regarding George Washington's Inaugurations. Two pages, front and verso, 7.75" x 12.75", n.d., n.p., to "Col. [William L.] Stone". With the author's observations of both of President Washington's inaugurations and laments the loss of leaders with the "wisdom of Franklin, Madison & Hamilton". Toned and fine.

    More Information: The letter was written to William L. Stone, editor of New York's Commercial Advertiser. Stone was the editor of the Advertiser from 1821 until his death in 1844. He previously served as editor of The Herkimer American and newspapers in Hudson, Albany, and Hartford. In part: "I shall not attempt to describe the enthusiasm with which he [Washington] was received by the multitude. Party politics found no place in their bosom and everyone there felt what was afterward pronounced on the  floor of Congress when his death was announced that he was first in war - first in peace and first in the hearts of his country." The last page ends with lines from a John Cowper poem:

     

    "Those suns are set. Oh, rise some other such!
    Or all that we have left is empty talk
    Of old achievements, and despair of new
    ."



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    March, 2009
    6th-7th Friday-Saturday
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