Holograph manuscript (32 pp.), dated 1796 September 19, of President George Washington’s Farewell Address to the nation, with his emendations. In this document, Washington informs his “Friends & Fellow Citizens” that he will not seek office for a third term, leaving them with his views on the country’s present situation, his recommendations for its sound governance and relations abroad, and his hopes for the future. This is the final version, which he delivered to the printer of the American Daily Advertiser in Philadelphia on September 19, 1796. Alexander Hamilton helped Washington substantially in the preparation of the address, both men consulting an earlier address drafted by James Madison in 1792.
U.S. House of Representatives: Historical Highlights. On February 19, 1979, William Hill Boner of Tennessee read George Washington’s Farewell Address on the House Floor—an annual tradition for nearly 50 years—for the last time. The practice began during a Joint Session of Congress on February 22, 1862
U.S. Senate: Historical Highlights. No Senate tradition has been more steadfastly maintained than the annual reading of President George Washington’s 1796 Farewell Address. The Senate tradition began on February 22, 1862, as a morale-boosting gesture during the darkest days of the Civil War.