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Stanley Elkins and Eric McKitrick

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780195093810

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195093810.001.0001

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The Retirement of Washington

The Retirement of Washington

(p.489) Chapter XI The Retirement of Washington
The Age of Federalism

Stanley Elkins

Eric McKitrick

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses George Washington's Farewell Address first given to the public through the newspapers in September 1796, prior to that year's presidential election. The Address excited a variety of responses from the very beginning, not all of them favorable. Perhaps too much attention has been given to the explicit principles which Washington was affirming, or seemed to be affirming, for the guidance of his fellow citizens and their posterity. Then, following a transitional passage on the importance of religion, public morality, maintenance of the public credit, and the cheerful payment of taxes, Washington moved to the final section of his message, which was on foreign affairs. Washington indicated how he himself had tried to follow certain rules, the basis for his policy having been the Neutrality Proclamation of April 1793.

Keywords:   George Washington, Farewell Address, public morality, public credit, foreign affairs, Neutrality Proclamation, taxes

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