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Description: WASHINGTON'S FAREWELL ADDRESS
One of the earliest known printings of Washington's 1796 farewell address as printed inThomas's Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode-Island Newhamphire & Vermont ALMANAC...for... 1797...together with the President's Address... (Worcester: Isaiah Thomas, 1796) unpaginated, 24 leaves, 8vo., in titled and illustrated paper wraps. String bound. One of the earliest printings of Washington's farewell address in book form. As Washington was approaching the end of his second term as President, he delivered this address in Philadelphia to his "Friends and Fellow Citizens," in which he set the precedent, now part of the Constitution, not to seek a third term. In part, "The period for a new election of a citizen to administer the executive government of the United States being not far distant, and the time actually arrived when your thoughts must be employed in designating the person who is to be clothed with that important trust, it appears to me proper, especially as it may conduce to a more distinct expression of the public voice, that I should now apprise you of the resolution I have formed to decline being considered among the number of those out of whom a choice is to be made." Evans 31291. We believe this to be the first time the address was published in book form. Marginal chips and tears, binding somewhat loose, moderate toning and dampstains throughout, else very good condition.

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March 30, 2011 11:00 AM EDT

Stamford, CT, US

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