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Washington, George (1732-1799) His excellency General Washington's last legacy

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06561 Author/Creator: Washington, George (1732-1799) Place Written: Newburgh; Providence? Type: Broadside Date: 1783 ca. Pagination: 1 sheet 45.7 x 26.5 cm

A printing in four columns containing Washington's "Circular letter" from Newburgh regarding his resignation as commander-in-chief and discusses the establishment of a stronger government for the United States. Washington wanted a stronger Congress and the ability to raise revenue, amongst other powers. A Rhode Island printing of the famous letter. Tight margins.

Signer of the U.S. Constitution.

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