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I it must pay with a portion of its independence for : whatever it may accept under that character; that
by such acceptance, it may place itself in the con1 dition of having given equivalents for nominal fa
vours, and yet of being reproached with ingratitude for not giving more. There can be no greater error than to expect, or calculate upon real favours
from nation to nation. It is an illusion which expei rience must cure, which a just pride ought to discard.
In offering to you, my countrymen, these counsels of an old and affectionate friend, I dare not hope they will make the strong and lasting impression I could wish; that they will control the usual current of the passions, or prevent our nation from running the course whicu has hitherto marked the destiny of nations! but, if I may even flatter myself, that they may be productive of some parţial benefit, some occasional good: that they may now and then recur to moderate the fury of party spirit; to warn against the mischiefs of foreign intrigue; to guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism; this hope will be a full recompense for the solicitude for your welfare, by which they have been dictated. .
How far, in the discharge of my official duties, I have been guided by the principles which have been delineated, the public records and other evidences of my conduct must witness to you and to the world. To myself, the assurance of my own conscience is, that I have, at least, believed myself to be guided by them."
In relation to the still subsisting war in Europe, my proclamation of the 22d of April, 1793, is the index to my plan. Sanctioned by your approving voice, and by that of your representatives in both houses of congress, the spirit of that measure has continually governed me, uninfluenced by any attempts to deter or divert me from it.
After deliberate examination, with the aid of the hest lights I could obtain, I was well satisfied that
our country, under all the circumstances of the case, had a right to take, and was bound in duty and interest, to take a neutral position. Having taken it, I. determined,, as far as should depend upon me, to maintain it with moderation, perseverance and firmness. The considerations which respect the right to hold this conduct, it is not necessary on this occasion to detail. I will only observe, that according to my understanding of the matter, that right, so far from being denied by any of the bellit gerent powers, has been virtually admitted by all.
The duty of holding a neutral conduct may be inferred without any thing more, from the obligation which justice and humanity impose on every nation, in cases in which it is free to act, to maintain inviolate the relations of peace and amity towards other nations. os - The inducements of interest for observing that conduct will be best referred to your own reflections and experience. With me a predominant motive has been, to endeavour to gain time to our country to settle and mature its yet recent institutions, and to progress, without interruption, to that degree of strength and consistency, which is necessary to give it, humanly speaking, the command of its own fortunes. .
! Though, in reviewing the incidents of my administration, I am unconscious of intentional error, I am nevertheless too sensible of my defects, not to think it probable that I may have committed many errors. Whatever they may be, I fervently beseech the Almighty to avert or mitigate the evils to which they may tend. I shall also carry with me the hope that my country will never cease to view them with indulgence; and that, after forty-five years of my life dedicated to its service, with an upright zeal, the faults of incompetent abilities will be consigned to oblivion, as myself must soon be to the mansions of rest.
Relying on its kindness in this as in other things,
and actuated by that fervent love towards it, which
ADVERTISEMENT.. The compiler has given, in the present edition, several original biographical sketches, written by some of the most eminent men in our country, and he deems it proper to state, that since the present edition has been put to press, he has received other original sketches, which will be reserved for the third edition, to be comprised in an octavo volume, and to contain between four and five hundred pages. The very flattering encouragement already received for the third edition, would justify the Editor in putting it to press immediately; but having promised gentlemen in various parts of the Union, to delay it to enable them to collect and prepare sketches of our deceased heroes, sages, and statesmen, of the revolution, it will not be put to press until early next spring.
The compiler tenders his sincere thanks to those gentlemen who have so liberally patronised the work, and who farnished materials for it, and we may with confidence assert, that “as Americans, we hail with delight any attempt to rescue from oblivion the words or actions of those whose names we have been taught to revere."
Easton, Pennsylvania, August 12, 1823.
A Declaration by the representatives of
the United colonies of North America,
of their taking up arms,
differences on just principles,
liation, fasting and prayer, .
giving and prayer, on account of the
goyne, on the 16th of October, 1777,
bitants of the United States of America,
ted States of America,
giving and prayer, on account of the
consequence of a cessation of arms be-
the army, on the cessation of arms, be-
to the armies of the United States,
sident of Congress, on resigning his
commission as commander in chief,
gress, 1779, written by him,-
His laconic letter to a member