The Lansdowne Portrait is one of our nation's greatest national treasures -- for it provides us with a visualization of His Excellency delivering his written national treasure to the American people. A visit to the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery online exhibit has all the details.
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Some think that Washington is pointing towards the future, foreseeing bright prospects for his nation. Others believe that Washington is saying farewell.What do you think? I think he was certainly bidding farewell since he was wholly committed to living the rest of his days as a private citizen of his infant republic but, as far as bright prospects for his nation.... NOT HAPPENING -- at least not until American statesmen FREQUENTLY RECUR TO THE PRECEPTS CONTAINED THEREIN!
Per the Honorable John Marshall, 4th Chief Justice of the United States:
“This interesting paper contains precepts to which the American statesman cannot too frequently recur.”
ON FACEBOOK: George Washington's Farewell Address