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George Washington

Writings

 
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The Colonial Period, 1747-1775

  • "Rules of Civility & Decent Behaviour in Company and Conversation," 1747
  • "A Journal of my Journey over the Mountains began Fryday the 11th. of March 1747/8," March 11-April 13, 1748
  • To Robin, c. 1749-1750
  • Design for a Coat, c. 1749-1750
  • Journey to the French Commandant, January 16-17, 1754
  • To Richard Corbin, January 28, 1754
  • To Robert Dinwiddie, April 25, 1754
  • To Robert Dinwiddie, May 18, 1754
  • To Robert Dinwiddie, May 29, 1754
  • To Robert Dinwiddie, May 29, 1754
  • To John Augustine Washington, May 31, 1754
  • To William Fitzhugh, November 15, 1754
  • To Mary Ball Washington, May 6, 1755
  • To John Augustine Washington, May 14, 1755
  • To John Augustine Washington, May 28, 1755
  • To Sarah Cary Fairfax, June 7, 1755
  • To John Augustine Washington, June 28, 1755
  • To Robert Dinwiddie, July 18, 1755
  • To John Augustine Washington, July 18, 1755
  • To Mary Ball Washington, August 14, 1755
  • General Orders, October 6, 1755
  • To Christopher Gist, October 10, 1755
  • To Robert Dinwiddie, October 11, 1755
  • To Robert Dinwiddie, December 5, 1755
  • To Robert Hunter Morris, April 9, 1756
  • To Robert Dinwiddie, April 18, 1756
  • To Robert Dinwiddie, April 22, 1756
  • General Orders, May 3, 1756
  • General Orders, May 21, 1756
  • To Robert Dinwiddie, May 23, 1756
  • General Orders, June 1, 1756
  • To the Earl of Loudoun, July 25, 1756
  • To Robert Dinwiddie, October 10, 1756
  • To Robert Dinwiddie, March 10, 1757
  • To Richard Washington, April 15, 1757
  • To John Stanwix, July 15, 1757
  • To Robert Dinwiddie, September 17, 1757
  • To John Stanwix, April 10, 1758
  • To James Wood, c. July 28, 1758
  • To Francis Halkett, August 2, 1758
  • To Sarah Cary Fairfax, September 12, 1758
  • Farewell Address to the Virginia Regiment, January 10, 1759
  • To Robert Cary & Company, May 1, 1759
  • To Richard Washington, September 20, 1759
  • Diary Entry, May 22, 1760
  • Reward for Runaway Slaves, August 11, 1761
  • To Richard Washington, October 20, 1761
  • To Robert Cary & Company, May 28, 1762
  • To Charles Lawrence, April 26, 1763
  • To Robert Stewart, April 27, 1763
  • To Robert Cary & Company, August 10, 1764
  • To Robert Cary & Company, September 20, 1765
  • To Joseph Thompson, July 2, 1766
  • To John Posey, June 24, 1767
  • To Capel and Osgood Hanbury, July 25, 1767
  • To William Crawford, September 17, 1767
  • To Jonathan Boucher, May 30, 1768
  • To Robert Cary & Company, June 6, 1768
  • To William Ramsay, January 29, 1769
  • To George Mason, April 5, 1769
  • To Robert Cary & Company, July 25, 1769
  • To Charles Washington, January 31, 1770
  • To Thomas Johnson, July 20, 1770
  • To Jonathan Boucher, July 9, 1771
  • To Jonathan Boucher, May 21, 1772
  • To Benedict Calvert, April 3, 1773
  • To Burwell Bassett, June 20, 1773
  • To George Muse, January 29, 1774
  • To George William Fairfax, June 10, 1774
  • To Bryan Fairfax, July 4, 1774
  • To Bryan Fairfax, July 20, 1774
  • To Bryan Fairfax, August 24, 1774
  • To Robert McKenzie, October 9, 1774
  • To John West, January 13, 1775
  • To John Connolly, February 25, 1775
  • To George William Fairfax, May 31, 1775
Commander of the Continental Army, 1775-1783
  • Address to the Continental Congress, June 16, 1775
  • To Martha Washington, June 18, 1775
  • To Burwell Bassett, June 19, 1775
  • To John Augustine Washington, June 20, 1775
  • To the Officers of Five Virginia Companies, June 20, 1775
  • To Martha Washington, June 23, 1775
  • Address to the New York Provincial Congress, June 26, 1775
  • General Orders, July 4, 1775
  • To Richard Henry Lee, July 10, 1775
  • To John Augustine Washington, July 27, 1775
  • To Thomas Gage, August 11, 1775
  • To Thomas Gage, August 19, 1775
  • To Lund Washington, August 20, 1775
  • To the Inhabitants of Bermuda, September 6, 1775
  • To the Inhabitants of Canada, c. September 14, 1775
  • To William Woodford, November 10, 1775
  • To Lund Washington, November 26, 1775
  • To Benedict Arnold, December 5, 1775
  • To Joseph Reed, December 15, 1775
  • General Orders, January 1, 1776
  • To Joseph Reed, January 4, 1776
  • To Joseph Reed, January 14, 1776
  • To Joseph Reed, January 31, 1776
  • To Joseph Reed, February 1, 1776
  • To John Hancock, February 9, 1776
  • To Joseph Reed, February 10, 1776
  • To Phillis Wheatley, February 28, 1776
  • To John Hancock, March 19, 1776
  • To John Augustine Washington, March 31, 1776
  • To John Augustine Washington, May 31, 1776
  • General Orders, July 2, 1776
  • General Orders, July 9, 1776
  • To John Hancock, July 14, 1776
  • To Adam Stephen, July 20, 1776
  • General Orders, August 1, 1776
  • To Lund Washington, August 19, 1776
  • General Orders, August 23, 1776
  • To John Hancock, September 8, 1776
  • To John Augustine Washington, September 22, 1776
  • To John Hancock, September 24, 1776
  • To Lund Washington, September 30, 1776
  • To the Massachusetts General Court, November 6, 1776
  • To John Augustine Washington, November 6, 1776
  • To John Hancock, December 5, 1776
  • To Lund Washington, December 10, 1776
  • To John Hancock, December 27, 1776
  • To Robert Morris, George Clymer, and George Walton, January 1, 1777
  • To John Hancock, January 5, 1777
  • Proclamation Concerning Loyalists, January 25, 1777
  • To Benedict Arnold, April 3, 1777
  • To Alexander Spotswood, April 30, 1777
  • To James Warren, May 23, 1777
  • To John Hancock, September 11, 1777
  • To Richard Henry Lee, October 17, 1777
  • To John Augustine Washington, October 18, 1777
  • To Israel Putnam, October 19, 1777
  • To Thomas Conway, c. November 5, 1777
  • General Orders, December 17, 1777
  • To Henry Laurens, December 23, 1777
  • To Henry Laurens, January 2, 1778
  • To Horatio Gates, January 4, 1778
  • To William Howe, January 30, 1778
  • To Henry Laurens, January 31, 1778
  • To William Gordon, February 15, 1778
  • To George Clinton, February 16, 1778
  • To Bryan Fairfax, March 1, 1778
  • General Orders, March 1, 1778
  • To John Banister, April 21, 1778
  • To John Augustine Washington, May 1778
  • General Orders, May 5, 1778
  • To Robert Morris, May 25, 1778
  • To Landon Carter, May 30, 1778
  • To Henry Laurens, July 1, 1778
  • To Thomas Nelson, August 20, 1778
  • To Comte d'Estaing, September 11, 1778
  • To Gouverneur Morris, October 4, 1778
  • To Henry Laurens, November 14, 1778
  • To Benjamin Harrison, December 18, 1778
  • To Lund Washington, February 24, 1779
  • To Thomas Nelson, March 15, 1779
  • To Henry Laurens, March 20, 1779
  • To George Mason, March 27, 1779
  • To James Warren, March 31, 1779
  • To Elias Boudinot, May 3, 1779
  • To William Maxwell, May 7, 1779
  • To Gouverneur Morris, May 8, 1779
  • Speech to the Delaware Chiefs, May 12, 1779
  • Circular to State Governments, May 22, 1779
  • To Marquis de Lafayette, July 4, 1779
  • To John Cochran, August 16, 1779
  • To Lund Washington, August 17, 1779
  • To John Jay, September 7, 1779
  • To Marquis de Lafayette, September 30, 1779
  • To Benjamin Harrison, October 25, 1779
  • To Robert Howe, November 20, 1779
  • To Joseph Jones, May 14, 1780
  • To Joseph Reed, May 28, 1780
  • To Joseph Jones, May 31, 1780
  • To John Augustine Washington, June 6, 1780
  • To Benedict Arnold, August 3, 1780
  • To Joseph Jones, August 13, 1780
  • Circular to State Governments, August 27, 1780
  • To Samuel Huntington, September 26, 1780
  • To Henry Clinton, September 30, 1780
  • Instructions to Spies Going into New York, c. September 1780
  • To John Cadwalader, October 5, 1780
  • To John Laurens, October 13, 1780
  • Circular to State Governments, October 18, 1780
  • To William Fitzhugh, October 22, 1780
  • To George Mason, October 22, 1780
  • To Benjamin Franklin, December 20, 1780
  • To James Duane, December 26, 1780
  • Circular to New England State Governments, January 5, 1781
  • To John Laurens, January 15, 1781
  • To Sarah Bache, January 15, 1781
  • To Robert Howe, January 22, 1781
  • Circular to State Governments, January 22, 1781
  • General Orders, January 30, 1781
  • To John Parke Custis, February 28, 1781
  • To Lund Washington, April 30, 1781
  • Journal of the Yorktown Campaign, May 1-November 5, 1781
  • To Charles Cornwallis, October 17, 1781
  • To Thomas McKean, October 19, 1781
  • To Thomas Nelson, October 27, 1781
  • To Thomas McKean, November 15, 1781
  • To Lewis Nicola, May 22, 1782
  • To John Price Posey, August 7, 1782
  • To Thomas Paine, September 18, 1782
  • To Benjamin Lincoln, October 2, 1782
  • To James McHenry, October 17, 1782
  • To Benjamin Franklin, October 18, 1782
  • To William Gordon, October 23, 1782
  • To Joseph Jones, December 14, 1782
  • To Tench Tilghman, January 10, 1783
  • To Bushrod Washington, January 15, 1783
  • To Nathanael Greene, February 6, 1783
  • To Thomas Jefferson, February 10, 1783
  • To Lund Washington, February 12, 1783
  • To Alexander Hamilton, March 4, 1783
  • General Orders, March 11, 1783
  • To Alexander Hamilton, March 12, 1783
  • To Joseph Jones, March 12, 1783
  • To Elias Boudinot, March 12, 1783
  • Speech to the Officers of the Army, March 15, 1783
  • To Elias Boudinot, March 16, 1783
  • To Joseph Jones, March 18, 1783
  • To Lund Washington, March 19, 1783
  • To Nathanael Greene, March 31, 1783
  • To Alexander Hamilton, March 31, 1783
  • To Theodorick Bland, April 4, 1783
  • To Marquis de Lafayette, April 5, 1783
  • To Guy Carleton, April 9, 1783
  • General Orders, April 18, 1783
  • To Tench Tilghman, April 24, 1783
  • Circular to State Governments, June 8, 1783
  • To John Augustine Washington, June 15, 1783
  • To Elias Boudinot, June 17, 1783
  • To William Gordon, July 8, 1783
  • To Robert Stewart, August 10, 1783
  • To James Duane, September 7, 1783
  • To Lund Washington, September 20, 1783
  • Farewell Address to the Armies of the United States, November 2, 1783
  • To Thomas Mifflin, December 20, 1783
  • Address to Congress on Resigning Commission, December 23, 1783
The Confederation Period, 1783-1789
  • To George Clinton, December 28, 1783
  • To Benjamin Harrison, January 18, 1784
  • To Marquis de Lafayette, February 1, 1784
  • To Tench Tilghman, March 24, 1784
  • To James Craik, March 25, 1784
  • To Marquise de Lafayette, April 4, 1784
  • To William Gordon, May 8, 1784
  • To Benjamin Harrison, October 10, 1784
  • To Richard Henry Lee, December 14, 1784
  • To William Gordon, December 20, 1784
  • To Benjamin Harrison, January 22, 1785
  • To George William Fairfax, February 27, 1785
  • To Francis Hopkinson, May 16, 1785
  • To Tench Tilghman, June 2, 1785
  • To William Goddard, June 11, 1785
  • To David Humphreys, July 25, 1785
  • To Marquis de Lafayette, July 25, 1785
  • To Edmund Randolph, July 30, 1785
  • To James McHenry, August 22, 1785
  • To George Mason, October 3, 1785
  • To James Warren, October 7, 1785
  • To Robert Morris, April 12, 1786
  • To Marquis de Lafayette, May 10, 1786
  • To William Fitzhugh, May 15, 1786
  • To John Jay, May 18, 1786
  • To Thomas Jefferson, August 1, 1786
  • To Arthur Young, August 6, 1786
  • To John Jay, August 15, 1786
  • To John Francis Mercer, September 9, 1786
  • To Henry Lee, October 31, 1786
  • Comments on David Humphreys' Biography of Washington, c. October 1786
  • To James Madison, November 5, 1786
  • To James Madison, November 18, 1786
  • To James Madison, December 16, 1786
  • To Edmund Randolph, December 21, 1786
  • To Henry Knox, December 26, 1786
  • To David Humphreys, December 26, 1786
  • To Henry Knox, February 3, 1787
  • To Mary Ball Washington, February 15, 1787
  • To Henry Knox, February 25, 1787
  • To Henry Knox, March 8, 1787
  • To John Jay, March 10, 1787
  • To Edmund Randolph, March 28, 1787
  • To James Madison, March 31, 1787
  • To Edmund Randolph, April 9, 1787
  • Contract with Philip Bater, April 23, 1787
  • To Marquis de Lafayette, June 6, 1787
  • To Alexander Hamilton, July 10, 1787
  • To John Cannon, September 16, 1787
  • To the Continental Congress, September 17, 1787
  • Diary Entry, September 17, 1787
  • To Patrick Henry, September 24, 1787
  • To David Humphreys, October 10, 1787
  • To Henry Knox, October 15, 1787
  • To Bushrod Washington, November 9, 1787
  • To Thomas Jefferson, January 1, 1788
  • To Edmund Randolph, January 8, 1788
  • To Marquis de Lafayette, February 7, 1788
  • To John Armstrong, April 25, 1788
  • To Marquis de Chastellux, April 25, 1788
  • To Marquis de Lafayette, April 28, 1788
  • To Marquis de Lafayette, May 28, 1788
  • To Marquis de Lafayette, June 19, 1788
  • To Richard Henderson, June 19, 1788
  • To Benjamin Lincoln, June 29, 1788
  • To Noah Webster, July 31, 1788
  • To Alexander Hamilton, August 28, 1788
  • To Edward Newenham, August 29, 1788
  • To Alexander Hamilton, October 3, 1788
  • To Benjamin Lincoln, October 26, 1788
  • Reflection on Slavery, c. 1788-1789
  • Fragments of a Draft of the First Inaugural Address, c. January 1789
  • To Marquis de Lafayette, January 29, 1789
  • To Richard Conway, March 4, 1789
  • To George Steptoe Washington, March 23, 1789
  • To James Madison, March 30, 1789
  • To Thomas Green, March 31, 1789
  • To Henry Knox, April 1, 1789
President, 1789-1797
  • Reply to Charles Thomson, April 14, 1789
  • To John Langdon, April 14, 1789
  • Diary Entries, April 16 and 23, 1789
  • First Inaugural Address, April 30, 1789
  • To James Madison, May 5, 1789
  • To Edward Rutledge, May 5, 1789
  • Reply to the House of Representatives, May 8, 1789
  • To John Adams, May 10, 1789
  • To the United Baptist Churches in Virginia, May 1789
  • To Betty Washington Lewis, September 13, 1789
  • To Arthur St. Clair, October 6, 1789
  • To Gouverneur Morris, October 13, 1789
  • First Annual Message to Congress, January 8, 1790
  • To Catharine Macaulay Graham, January 9, 1790
  • To Thomas Jefferson, January 21, 1790
  • To David Stuart, March 28, 1790
  • To Comte de la Luzerne, April 29, 1790
  • To David Stuart, June 15, 1790
  • To Marquis de Lafayette, August 11, 1790
  • To the Hebrew Congregation in Newport, Rhode Island, August 18, 1790
  • To Henry Knox, November 19, 1790
  • Second Annual Message to Congress, December 8, 1790
  • To the Chiefs of the Seneca Nation, December 29, 1790
  • Message to the Congress Concerning the Seat of Government, January 24, 1791
  • To David Humphreys, July 20, 1791
  • To Marquis de Lafayette, July 28, 1791
  • To Gouverneur Morris, July 28, 1791
  • To Jean Baptiste Ternant, September 24, 1791
  • To Tobias Lear, October 14, 1791
  • Third Annual Message to Congress, October 25, 1791
  • To Harriot Washington, October 30, 1791
  • To Alexander Martin, November 14, 1791
  • To Arthur Young, December 5, 1791
  • To Gouverneur Morris, January 28, 1792
  • To David Stuart, April 8, 1792
  • To Isaac Heard, May 2, 1792
  • To Comte de Ségur, May 4, 1792
  • To James Madison, May 20, 1792
  • To Marquis de Lafayette, June 10, 1792
  • To Thomas Jefferson, July 17, 1792
  • To Alexander Hamilton, July 29, 1792
  • To Tobias Lear, July 30, 1792
  • To Thomas Jefferson, August 23, 1792
  • To Alexander Hamilton, August 26, 1792
  • To Edmund Randolph, August 26, 1792
  • To John Francis Mercer, September 26, 1792
  • To Betty Washington Lewis, October 7, 1792
  • To Thomas Jefferson, October 18, 1792
  • Fourth Annual Message to Congress, November 6, 1792
  • Passport for Jean Pierre Blanchard, January 9, 1793
  • To Henry Lee, January 20, 1793
  • To the Members of the New Church in Baltimore, c. January 27, 1793
  • To Frances Bassett Washington, February 24, 1793
  • Second Inaugural Address, March 4, 1793
  • To Gouverneur Morris, March 25, 1793
  • To Thomas Jefferson, April 12, 1793
  • To the Earl of Buchan, April 22, 1793
  • Proclamation of Neutrality, April 22, 1793
  • To Henry Lee, July 21, 1793
  • To Edmund Pendleton, September 23, 1793
  • To William Pearce, October 6, 1793
  • Fifth Annual Message to Congress, December 3, 1793
  • To Arthur Young, December 12, 1793
  • To William Pearce, December 18, 1793
  • To Thomas Jefferson, January 1, 1794
  • To Tobias Lear, May 6, 1794
  • Proclamation Calling Forth the Militia, August 7, 1794
  • To Charles Mynn Thruston, August 10, 1794
  • To Henry Lee, August 26, 1794
  • To John Jay, August 30, 1794
  • To Elizabeth Parke Custis, September 14, 1794
  • Proclamation Concerning the "Whiskey Rebellion," September 25, 1794
  • To Burges Ball, September 25, 1794
  • To Edmund Randolph, October 16, 1794
  • Sixth Annual Message to Congress, November 19, 1794
  • To William Pearce, November 23, 1794
  • To Alexander Spotswood, November 23, 1794
  • To Eleanor Parke Custis, January 16, 1795
  • To Edmund Pendleton, January 22, 1795
  • To the Commissioners of the District of Columbia, January 28, 1795
  • To Charles Carter, March 10, 1795
  • To Thomas Jefferson, March 15, 1795
  • To William Pearce, May 10, 1795
  • To Alexander Hamilton, July 3, 1795
  • To Alexander Hamilton, July 29, 1795
  • To Henry Knox, September 20, 1795
  • To Patrick Henry, October 9, 1795
  • Seventh Annual Message to Congress, December 8, 1795
  • To Gouverneur Morris, December 22, 1795
  • To the Cabinet, March 25, 1796
  • To the House of Representatives, March 30, 1796
  • To Alexander Hamilton, March 31, 1796
  • To Alexander Hamilton, May 8, 1796
  • To Alexander Hamilton, May 15, 1796
  • Draft of the Farewell Address, May 15, 1796
  • To Alexander Hamilton, June 26, 1796
  • To Thomas Jefferson, July 6, 1796
  • To Alexander Hamilton, August 25, 1796
  • Address to the Cherokee Nation, August 29, 1796
  • To Alexander Hamilton, September 1, 1796
  • Farewell Address, September 19, 1796
  • Eighth Annual Message to Congress, December 7, 1796
  • To John Greenwood, January 20, 1797
  • To Henry Knox, March 2, 1797
  • To Jonathan Trumbull, Jr., March 3, 1797
Retirement, 1797-1799
  • To James McHenry, April 3, 1797
  • To William Heath, May 20, 1797
  • To James McHenry, May 29, 1797
  • To David Humphreys, June 26, 1797
  • To the Earl of Buchan, July 4, 1797
  • To Samuel Washington, July 12, 1797
  • To Lawrence Lewis, August 4, 1797
  • To Sarah Cary Fairfax, May 16, 1798
  • To John Adams, July 13, 1798
  • To John Adams, September 25, 1798
  • To Landon Carter, October 5, 1798
  • To Alexander Spotswood, November 22, 1798
  • To Patrick Henry, January 15, 1799
  • To James McHenry, January 27, 1799
  • To James Welch, April 7, 1799
  • Last Will and Testament, July 9, 1799
  • To Jonathan Trumbull, Jr., July 21, 1799
  • To James McHenry, August 11, 1799
  • To Robert Lewis, August 18, 1799
  • To Jonathan Trumbull, Jr., August 30, 1799
  • To Burges Ball, September 22, 1799
  • To Alexander Hamilton, December 12, 1799
  • To James Anderson, December 13, 1799
Chronology
Note on the Texts
Notes
Index

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