George Washington Papers

From George Washington to David Humphreys, 1 June 1796


Philadelphia 1st June 1796

My dear Humphreys

From the Office of State you will receive everything that relates to public concerns; and the Gazettes (which I presume will accompany the dispatches) will give you a pretty good idea of the state of Politics and Parties in this country and will shew you, at the same time (if Bache’s Aurora is among them) in what manner I am attacked for persevering steadily, in measures which, to me, appear necessary to preserve us (during the conflicts of the Belligerent powers) in a state of tranquillity. But these attacks, unjust, and as unpleasant as they are, will occasion no change in my conduct; nor will they produce any other effect in my mind than to increase the solicitude which, long since, has taken fast hold of my breast, to enjoy; in the shades of retirement, the consolation of believing that I have rendered my country service to which my abilities were competent—nor from pecuniary or ambitious motives, nor from a desire to provide for any one, farther than their intrinsic merit entitled them to, and surely not with a view to bring any of my own relations into Office.

Whenever you shall think with the Poet or Philosopher "that the Post of honor is a private Station" and may be disposed to enjoy yourself in my shades—I do not mean the shades below—where, if you put it of long. I may be reclining, I can only repeat that you will meet with the same cordial reception at Mount Vernon, that you have always found at that place; and that I am, and always shall be Your sincere friend, & affectionate Servt

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