George Washington Endorses Governor Smith






The letter, written as to sound like it is from George Washington, endorses Governor Smith.


Cary T. Grayson Papers, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library, Staunton, Virginia




Geo. Washington endorses Gov. SmithTo the members of the New Church at Baltimore.


It has ever been my pride to merit the approbation of my fellow Citizens by a faithful & honest discharge of the duties annexed to those Stations in which they have been pleased to place me; and the dearest rewards of my Services have been those testimonies of esteem & confidence with which they have honored me. But to the manifest interposition of an over-ruling Providence, & to the patriotic exertions of United America are to be ascribed those events which have given us a respectable rank among the nations of the Earth.—We have abundant reason to rejoice that in this Land the light of truth & reason has triumphed over the power of bigotry and superstion, and that every person may here worship God according to the dictates of his own heart. In this enlightened Age & in this Land of equal liberty it is our boast, that a man’s religious tenets will not forfeit the protection of the Laws, (nor deprive him of the right of attaining & holding the highest Offices that are known in the United States.)

Your Prayers for my present & future felicity are received with gratitude; and I sincerely wish, Gentlemen, that you may in your Social & individual capacities taste those blessings which a gracious God bestows upon the Righteous.

G. Washington




Unknown, “George Washington Endorses Governor Smith,” 1928, WWP16626, Cary T. Grayson Papers, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.