George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Giuseppe Ceracchi, 16 July 1792

From Giuseppe Ceracchi

Amsterdam 16 July 1792


No man is happier then I’m in this moment, for I rely feel a tru satisfactory honor in addressing the President of the Unit. Stat’s.

I shall communicate this sensetion to my Cildren, they shall learn to pronounce General Washingtons’ name with the highst admiration, and shall, inspire the desire to addresse personaly the Hero of America universily admired trowout the world.

My worth being to little, I have nothing to offer but the greatfull sentiments end veneretion with which I’m Sir your most obt end most Humble Servt

Joseph Ceracchi


On this day Ceracchi also wrote Martha Washington: “Besides the generality of Gentilmen, all the Ladyes in Oland are ravished at the sight of my model that rappresents General Washington, what dignity they sais, what solidity shows in his mind. happy must be the Lady that posseses his heart. In this occasion Madame I feel the graet advantage of indolging my self, I informe the Ladyes of the high end Eminent Caracter of the Person to which I have the honnor to dedicate my perfait Estime end Respectes” (DLC:GW). For the terra-cotta model that Ceracchi executed from life in the winter of 1791 or the early spring of 1792, see Ceracchi to GW, 31 Oct. 1791, source note.

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