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Washington's Appointment as Commander in Chief

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CollectionChicago Historical Society: George Washington Collection view image
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Date July 13, 1798
Author Name George Washington (primary) Location: Mount Vernon
Recipient Name John Adams (primary)
Summary Washington discusses his appointment to the post of Commander-in-Chief of the Provisional Army and how pleased he is with the public's confidence in him. He will accept the commission with the understanding that he will not be called into active duty unless the army absolutely requires his presence in the field.
Document Format Autograph Letter Signed
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Related Persons/Groups John Adams; George Washington; Commander-in-Chief; Secretary of War [McHenry]; electors; ;
Related Places Washington; Mount Vernon; ;
Keywords advice and consent of the Senate; proof of public confidence; vicissitudes of war; conduct of the Directory of France toward our country; [French] disregard of solemn treaties and the laws of nations; [French] war upon our defenseless commerce; [French] demands amounting to tribute; prudent measures of your administration; ;
Key Phrases I must not conceal from you my earnest wish that the choice had fallen upon a man less declined in years and better qualified to encounter the usual vicissitudes of war; I had consoled myself with closing the remnant of my days in my present peaceful abode; I shall not be called into the field until the army is in a situation to require my presence; I must decline having my acceptance considered as drawing after it any immediate charge upon the public;

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