Manuscript/Mixed Material George Washington, September 17, 1796, Farewell Address
appellation11 derived from local discriminations. With slight shades of difference, you have the same Religeon, Manners, Habits and political Principles. You have in a common cause fought and triumphed together. The independence and liberty you possess are the work of joint councils, and joint efforts; of common dangers, sufferings and successes.
But these considerations, however powerfully they address themselves to your sensibility are greatly outweighed by those which apply more immediately to your Interest. Here every portion of our country finds the most commanding motives for carefully guarding and preserving the Union of the whole.
The North , in an unrestrained12 intercourse with the South , protected by the equal Laws of a common government, finds in the productions of the latter,13 great additional resources of Maratime and commercial enterprise and precious materials of manufacturing industry. The South in the same Intercourse, benefitting by the Agency of the North , sees its agriculture grow and its commerce expand. Turning partly into its own channels the seamen of the North , it finds its particular navigation envigorated; and while it contributes, in different ways, to nourish and increase the general mass of the National navigation, it looks forward to the protection of a Maratime strength, to which itself is unequally adapted. The East , in a like intercourse with the West , already finds, and in the progressive improvement of interior communications, by land and water, will
11. The words “to be” are crossed out.
12. The word “fettered” is crossed out.
13. The words “many of them peculiar” are crossed out.
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- George Washington Papers, Series 2, Letterbooks 1754-1799: Letterbook 24, April 3, 1793 - March 3, 1797
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- Washington, George, 1732-1799 (Author)
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- series: Series 2, Letterbooks 1754-1799
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