Manuscript/Mixed Material George Washington to Congress, April 30, 1789, First Inaugural Address

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*THE FIRST INAUGURAL ADDRESS

[April 30, 1789.]

Fellow Citizens of the Senate and the House of Representatives.

Among the vicissitudes incident to life, no event could have filled me with greater anxieties than that of which the notification was transmitted by your order, and received on the fourteenth day of the present month. On the one hand, I was summoned by my Country, whose voice I can never hear but with veneration and love, from a retreat which I had chosen with the fondest predilection, and, in my flattering hopes, with an immutable decision, as the asylum of my declining years: a retreat which was rendered every day more necessary as well as more dear to me, by the addition of habit to inclination, and of frequent interruptions in my health to the gradual waste committed on it by time. On the other hand, the magnitude and difficulty of the trust to which the voice of my Country called me, being sufficient to awaken in the wisest and most experienced of her citizens, a distrustful scrutiny into his qualification, could not but

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George Washington Papers, Series 2, Letterbooks 1754-1799: Letterbook 25, April 6, 1789 - March 4, 1791
Contributor Names
Washington, George, 1732-1799 (Author)
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-  United States
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series: Series 2, Letterbooks 1754-1799
MSS 44693: Reel 025
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George Washington papers
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Washington, George. George Washington Papers, Series 2, Letterbooks -1799: Letterbook 25, April 6, 1789 - March 4, 1791. 1789. Manuscript/Mixed Material. https://www.loc.gov/item/mgw2.025/.

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Washington, G. (1789) George Washington Papers, Series 2, Letterbooks -1799: Letterbook 25, April 6, 1789 - March 4, 1791. [Manuscript/Mixed Material] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/mgw2.025/.

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Washington, George. George Washington Papers, Series 2, Letterbooks -1799: Letterbook 25, April 6, 1789 - March 4, 1791. 1789. Manuscript/Mixed Material. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/mgw2.025/>.