Item #39847 GENERAL WASHINGTON'S LETTER, DECLARING HIS ACCEPTANCE OF THE COMMAND OF THE ARMIES OF THE UNITED STATES. George Washington.
GENERAL WASHINGTON'S LETTER, DECLARING HIS ACCEPTANCE OF THE COMMAND OF THE ARMIES OF THE UNITED STATES.

GENERAL WASHINGTON'S LETTER, DECLARING HIS ACCEPTANCE OF THE COMMAND OF THE ARMIES OF THE UNITED STATES.

[Philadelphia: 1798]. Folio Broadside, 18-1/2" x 11-1/2". Printed in two columns. Signed in typescript and type by President Adams, and in type by George Washington. Expert restoration at upper blank corner, old horizontal fold expertly reinforced. Near Fine.

A rare and significant broadside, reflecting Washington's final public service. It is also an impressive expression of early American patriotism. President John Adams, the recipient of Washington's Letter, transmits it to the Senate. It records, Adams says, a "great event, the General's acceptance of his appointment, as Lieutenant-General and Commander in Chief of the Army."
In July 1798, hostilities with France tilted toward open warfare. President John Adams turned to Washington, retired at Mount Vernon for more than a year. Adams sent Secretary of War James McHenry to convince Washington that his country needed him one more time. The broadside prints Washington's response to Adams, dated 13 July 1798
Despite his retirement, Washington says, "it was not possible for me to remain ignorant of, or indifferent to, recent transactions." These include the French Directory's "insidious hostility" to the United States; "their disregard of solemn treaties and the law of nations; their war upon our defenceless commerce; their treatment of our ministers of peace; and their demands amounting to tribute."
Fully supporting Adams's "wise and prudent measures," and recognizing "how incumbent it is upon every person, of every description, to contribute at all times to his country's welfare, and especially in a moment like the present," Washington has "FINALLY DETERMINED TO ACCEPT THE COMMISSION OF COMMANDER IN CHIEF OF THE ARMIES OF THE UNITED STATES..." Nor will he accept any "emoluments" until required to take the field.
Evans 34829. Sabin 101713. ESTC W14285 [3- Library of Congress, John Carter Brown, Boston Athenaeum]. Item #39847

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