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This Day in History: George Washington dreads the presidency

On this day in 1788, George Washington writes a letter. He really did not want to be President. He did it anyway.

What a guy. And what a contrast to recent decades.


An excerpt from his letter is here:

“I call Heaven to witness,” he wrote, “that [accepting the office] would be the greatest sacrafice of my personal feelings & wishes that ever I have been called upon to make. It would be to fore go repose and domestic enjoyment; for trouble, perhaps; for public obloquy: for I should consider myself as entering upon an unexplored field, enveloped on every side with clouds & darkness.”

Washington's letter is HERE.



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