A Small Section of the


Original Manuscript




George Washington's


First Inaugural Address


While others in their political conduct shall demean themselves as may seem meek to them, let us be honest. Let us be firm. Let us advance directly forward in the path of our duty. Should the path at first prove intricate & thorny, it will grow plain and smooth as we go. In public as in private life, let the eternal line that separates right from wrong, be the fence …


I have now again given way to my feelings in speaking without reserve, according to my best judgment, the words of soberness & affection. If any thing indiscreet or foreign to the occasion has been spoken, your candour, I am convinced will not impute it to an unworthy motive. I come now to a conclusion by addressing my humble petition to the …




This text quoted appears half on the obverse and half on the reverse of the partial manuscript page shown.

Included is a transmittal letter of Jared Sparks, Washington’s biographer and President of Harvard University.