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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Discontent among the Hessians

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From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol II.  Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859. April 30—The last and most authentic advices from Charleston, in South Carolina, are, that the greatest discontents have for some time past prevailed among the foreign mercenaries employed in the garrison of that place; jealousies having arisen from their …

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So Selfish is the Human Mind

To Peter Collinson Dear Friend, Philada. April 30. 1764 I have before me your kind Notices of Feb. 3. and Feb. 10. Those you enclos’d for our Friend Bartram, were carefully deliver’d. I have not yet seen the Squib you mention against your People, in the Supplement to the Magazine; but I think it impossible …

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