George Washington's Presidential Farewell Address to the NationGeorge Washington. Address of George Washington, President of the United States, to His Fellow Citizens, On Declining Being Considered a Candidate for Their Future Suffrages. The Legacy of the Father of his Country. Boston: Printed by John Russell and sold at his office, Quaker-Lane; and by David West, No. 36, Marlborough-Street, 1796.
First edition. Small octavo (approximately 6.5 x 3.875 inches). 43 pages.
Bound in marbled paper wrappers. "President's Farewell Address" handwritten in period ink on front cover. Wrappers lightly rubbed; minor chipping to foot of spine. Foxing to inside wrappers and endpapers. Pages toned a bit, but, overall, remarkably clean. Inked name "Ikabod Tucker" and the date "1796" written on inside front wrapper. Altogether, a near fine copy.
The text of the address Washington delivered on September 17, 1796, not in public, but issued in leading newspapers. Originally prepared in 1792 by Alexander Hamilton as a farewell address after Washington's first term, the speech was resuscitated and revised by Washington four years later at the end of his second term. The purpose of the speech was to end speculation that he would seek a third term as president as well as to address the problems of divisive party politics and to vehemently warn against the dangers of permanent alliances between the United States and other countries. An important document in American history and the foundation of the political doctrine of the Federalist party. Rare.
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