Washington had first prepared a farewell address to be delivered in 1792, upon the conclusion of his first term as president. Having been convinced to stand for a second term, he was unanimously re-elected. When he finally issued this address in 1796, it was his last public work. After nearly forty-five years of service, he retired to Mount Vernon.
September 19, 1796
Friends, and Fellow Citizens:
The period for a new election of a Citizen, to Administer the Executive government of the United States, being not far distant, Read more