George Washington’s Inaugural Address

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Inaugural Address � 1789
Such being the impressions under which I have, in
obedience to the public summons, repaired to the
resent station, it would be peculiarly improper to
omit in this first official act my fervent
supplications to that Almighty Being who rules over
the universe, who presides in the councils of nations,
and whose providential aids can supply every human
defect, that His benediction may consecrate to the
liberties and happiness of the people of the United
States a Government instituted by themselves for these
essential purposes, and may enable every instrument
employed in its administration to execute with success
the functions allotted to his charge. In tendering
this homage to the Great Author of every public and
private good, I assure myself that it expresses your
sentiments not less than my own, nor those of my
fellow- citizens at large less than either. No people
can be bound to acknowledge and adore the Invisible
Hand which conducts the affairs of men more than those
of the United States. Every step by which they
have advanced to the character of an independent
nation seems to have been distinguished by some token
of providential agency; and in the important
revolution just accomplished in the system of their
united government the tranquil deliberations and
voluntary consent of so many distinct communities from which the event has resulted can not be compared with the means
by which most governments have been established
without some return of pious gratitude, along with an
humble anticipation of the future blessings which the
past seem to presage.
From A Nation Under God by Ken Clifton

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