"Still I hope I shall always possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain (what I consider the most enviable of all titles) the character of an honest man."

George Washington to Alexander Hamilton | Thursday, August 28, 1788


Editorial Notes

Alexander Hamilton and James Madison pressured George Washington regularly concerning his willingness to participate in the first presidential election, but Washington worried Americans would view him with distrust and think he simply desired power.

George Washington to Alexander Hamilton | Thursday, August 28, 1788


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