Sunday, February 17, 2013

Washington Resigns His Commission: 1783

General of the Army George Washington 

resigns his commission before Congress 

assembled at Annapolis, Maryland; 

December 23, 1783

"The great events on which my resignation
depended, having at length taken place, I have now the honor
of offering my sincere congratulations to Congress, and of
presenting myself before them, to surrender into their hands
the trust committed to me, and to claim the indulgence of re-
tiring from the service of my country...
I consider it an indispensable duty to close this last act of
my official life by commending the interests of our dearest
country to the protection of Almighty God, and those who
have the superintendence of them to his holy keeping.
Having now finished the work assigned me, I retire from
the great theatre of action, and bidding an affectionate
farewell to this august body, under whose orders I have so
long acted, I here offer my commission, and take my leave of
all the employments of public life."

From: "George Washington and Thomas Mifflin:
Speeches in the Continental Congress"
Above Quote Source: Library of America-Story of the Week

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