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Farewell address
Additional title: Farewell Address as President to the citizens of the United States
Washington, George, 1732-1799 (Creator)
Hamilton, Alexander, 1757-1804 (Creator)
United States. President (1789-1797 : Washington) (Creator)
Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1796
Library locations
Manuscripts and Archives Division
Shelf locator: MssCol 3230
Washington, George, 1732-1799 -- Farewell address
United States -- Politics and government -- 1783-1809
Physical Description
Extent: .25 linear feet 1 box
Holograph manuscript (32 pp.), dated United States, 1796 September 19, of President George Washington’s Farewell Address to the nation, with his emendations. In this document, Washington informs his “Friends & Fellow Citizens” that he will not seek office for a third term, leaving them with his views on the country’s present situation, his recommendations for its sound governance and relations abroad, and his hopes for the future. This is the final version, which he delivered to the printer of the American Daily Advertiser in Philadelphia on September 19, 1796. Alexander Hamilton helped Washington substantially in the preparation of the address, both men consulting an earlier address drafted by James Madison in 1792.
Type of Resource
NYPL Exhibition ID: TL 20.01.PROG14
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20315249
MSS Unit ID: 3230
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): a628ed70-29b0-0133-4f65-60f81dd2b63c
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Item timeline of events

  • 1732: Creator Born
  • 1796: Created
  • 1799: Creator Died
  • 2016: Digitized
  • 2022: Found by you!
  • 2023

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Manuscripts and Archives Division, The New York Public Library. "Farewell address" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1796.

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Manuscripts and Archives Division, The New York Public Library. "Farewell address" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed December 10, 2022.

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Farewell address