February 22, 1832-Dated, Centennial Anniversary of George Washington’s Birthday titled, “Washington’s Farewell Address,” Commemorative Printed Broadside On Silk, Issued by the Printers of Philadelphia,” Type Not Recorded in “Threads of History,” Framed, Fine.Exceedingly rare Printed Broadside On Silk, President “Washington’s Farewell Address” this textile is Not Recorded in the Smithsonian’s comprehensive reference book by Collins, titled: “Threads of History.”
George Washington’s Farewell Address was to announce his decision not to seek a third term as President of the United States. George Washington presented his Farewell Address in a newspaper article on September 17, 1796. This original, historic 1832 Commemorative Centennial Printed Broadside Edition was produced and issued by “THE PRINTERS OF PHILADELPHIA, On the Centennial Anniversary of George Washington’s Birthday, February 22, 1932.”
It is printed in black on off-white/cream silk, measures a large 21” x 16.5” mounted to an old card backing for support within it frame for display, under glass housed in a slightly larger wooden frame measuring about 23” x 19” showing wear from prior display. It is evenly age toned, a light dampstaining runs about 9.5” down along the left margin yet does not affect legibility of the text or its heavy thick ornate and decorative outer border designs. There are some scattered splits along the folds with one 7.5” thin horizon split affecting several words and a small split near center affecting a few words.
Overall, the appearance of this Silk Broadside is impressive with nice eye-appeal. This framed “Washington’s Farewell Address” is a major rarity that would be appropriate in any George Washington or United States Presidential related collection or display.
In his “Farewell Address,” President George Washington exhorted Americans to set aside their violent likes and dislikes of foreign nations, lest they be controlled by their passions: “The nation which indulges toward another an habitual hatred or an habitual fondness is in some degree a slave.”
Washington’s remarks have served as an inspiration for American isolationism, and his advice against joining a permanent alliance was heeded for more than a century and a half.
George Washington was greatly frustrated by French meddling in U.S. politics and warned the nation to avoid permanent alliances with foreign nations and to rely instead on temporary alliances for emergencies.
Washington’s efforts to protect the fragile young republic by steering a neutral course between England and France during the French Revolutionary Wars was made extremely difficult by the intense rhetoric flowing from the pro-English Federalists, led by Alexander Hamilton, and the pro-French, personified by Thomas Jefferson.