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The Abuse Of George Washington

( Originally Published 1916 )



BY THOMAS WENTWORTH HIGGINSON

On the last day in office Washington wrote to Knox comparing himself to " the weary traveler who sees a resting-place, and is bending his body to lean thereon. To be suffered to do this in peace," he added, " is too much to be endured by some." Accordingly on that very day a Philadelphia news-paper dismissed him with a final tirade, worth remembering by all who think that political virulence is on the increase:

"Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, for mine eyes have seen thy salvation" was the exclamation of a man who saw a flood of blessedness breaking in upon mankind. If ever there was a time that allowed this exclamation to be repeated, that time is the present. The man who is the source of all our country's misery is this day reduced to the rank of his fellow-citizens, and has no longer the power to multiply the woes of these United States. Now more than ever is the time to rejoice. Every heart which feels for the liberty, and the happiness of the people must now beat with rapture at the thought that this day the name of Washington ceases to give currency to injustice and to legalize corruption. . . . When we look back upon the eight years of Washington's administration, it strikes us with astonishment that one man could thus poison the principles of republicanism among our enlightened people, and carry his designs against the public liberty so far as to en-danger its very existence. Yet such is the fact, and if this is apparent to all, this day they should form a jubilee in the United States.



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