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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Hancock Leaves Congress

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From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol I. Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859. October 29. –This morning President Hancock took leave of the Congress in the following speech: –“Gentlemen, Friday last completed two years and five months since you did me the honor of electing me to fill this chair. As I …

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General Howe’s Long Island Speech

From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol I. Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859. September 6. –A meeting of a large body of the inhabitants of Long Island, New York, was held, at which the following speech was delivered by an American recruiting officer in the Provincials, now raising for his Majesty’s service, …

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Independence Declared in Bridgetown – Elmer’s Address

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From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol I. Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859. The committee of inspection for the county of Cumberland, in the State of New Jersey, the officers of the militia, and a great number of other inhabitants, having met at Bridgetown, went in procession to the court-house, where the …

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On the Right to Rebel against Governors

Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work.–Titus iii. 1. The great Creator, having designed the human race for society, has made us dependent on one another for happiness. He has so constituted us that it becomes both our duty and interest …

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