George Washington to Step-Daughter Elizabeth Parke Custis

German Town, Sepr 14th, 1794 My dear Betcy, Shall I, in answer to your letter of the 7th instant say—when you are as near the Pinnacle of happiness as your sister Patcy conceives herself to be;1 or when your candour shines more conspicuously than it does in that letter, that I will then, comply with …

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George Washington’s Second Inaugural Address


Introduction President Washington’s second oath of office was taken in the Senate Chamber of Congress Hall in Philadelphia on March 4, the date fixed by the Continental Congress for inaugurations. Before an assembly of Congressmen, Cabinet officers, judges of the federal and district courts, foreign officials, and a small gathering of Philadelphians, the President offered …

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Washington to the Hebrew Congregation in New Port, RI

Photo: Forest path, November morning (sarah white) / CC BY-SA 2.0 To the Hebrew Congregation in New Port, Rhode Island Gentleman, While I received with much satisfaction your address replete with expressions of esteem, I rejoice in the opportunity of assuring you that I shall always retain grateful remembrance of the cordial welcome I experienced …

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George Washington to the Hebrew Congregation in Savannah, Georgia


To the Savannah, Ga., Hebrew Congregation Gentlemen, I thank you with great sincerity for your congratulations on my appointment to the office, which I have the honor to hold by the unanimous choice of my fellow-citizens: and especially for the expressions which you are pleased to use in testifying the confidence that is reposed in …

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George Washington’s First Inaugural Address

Introduction The Nation’s first chief executive took his oath of office in April in New York City on the balcony of the Senate Chamber at Federal Hall on Wall Street. General Washington had been unanimously elected President by the first electoral college, and John Adams was elected Vice President because he received the second greatest …

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