General Washington on Slavery

September 8, 1854

Extracts from a letter, included here, come from the New York Tribune.  It claims the letter was never before published; it was dated May 6, 1794. In the letter Washington indicates that he wants to reduce his income, “to specialities, that the remainder of my days may thereby be more tranquil and free from care; ….Besides these, I have another motive which makes me earnestly wish for these things  – it is, indeed, more powerful than all the rest -namely: to liberate a certain species of property which I possess very repugnantly to my own  feelings, but which imperious necessity compels, until I can substitute some other expedient, by which expenses, not in my power to avoid, (however well-disposed I may be to do it), can be defrayed.”