Revolution, 1753-1783

Author: George Washington  | Date: June, 1775

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Washington Appointed Commander-In-Chief—His Speech of Acceptance

MR. PRESIDENT: Though I am truly sensible of the high honor done me, in this appointment, yet I feel great distress, from a consciousness that my abilities and military experience may not be equal to the extensive and important trust. However, as the Congress desire it, I will enter upon the momentous duty, and exert every power I possess in their service, and for the support of the glorious cause, I beg they will accept my most cordial thanks for this distinguished testimony of their approbation.

But, lest some unlucky event should happen, unfavorable to my reputation, I beg it may be remembered by every gentleman in the room, that I, this day, declare with the utmost sincerity, I do not think myself equal to the command I am honored with.

As to pay, Sir, I beg leave to assure the Congress, that, as no pecuniary consideration could have tempted me to accept this arduous employment, at the expense of my domestic ease and happiness, I do not wish to make any profit from it. I will keep an exact account of my expenses. Those, I doubt not, they will discharge, and that is all I desire.


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Chicago: George Washington, "Washington Appointed Commander-In-Chief— His Speech of Acceptance," Revolution, 1753-1783 in America, Vol.3, P.125 Original Sources, accessed December 2, 2023,

MLA: Washington, George. "Washington Appointed Commander-In-Chief— His Speech of Acceptance." Revolution, 1753-1783, in America, Vol.3, P.125, Original Sources. 2 Dec. 2023.

Harvard: Washington, G, 'Washington Appointed Commander-In-Chief— His Speech of Acceptance' in Revolution, 1753-1783. cited in , America, Vol.3, P.125. Original Sources, retrieved 2 December 2023, from