For myself the delay [in assuming the office of the President] may be compared with a reprieve…




For myself the delay [in assuming the office of the President] may be compared with a reprieve…

For myself the delay [in assuming the office of the President] may be compared with a reprieve… --George Washington

For myself the delay [in assuming the office of the President] may be compared with a reprieve; for in confidence I assure you, with the world it would obtain little credit that my movements to the chair of Government will be accompanied by feelings not unlike those of a culprit who is going to the place of his execution: so unwilling am I, in the evening of a life nearly consumed in public cares, to quit a peaceful abode for an Ocean of difficulties, without that competency of political skill, abilities and inclination which is necessary to manage the helm.

George Washington

Year: 1789
Context: Comment to General Henry Knox
Tags: Ocean of difficulties, abilities and inclination, assuming the office of the President, chair of Government, competency of political skill, confidence, manage the helm, peaceful abode, public cares, reprieve



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