We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
[w]ith a heart full of love and gratitude, I now take leave of you. I most devoutly wish that your latter days may be as prosperous and happy as your former ones have been glorious and honorable.
He then took each to the side for a personal word.
Perhaps not as meaningful as his farewell speech to the troops, but the depth of his relationships which grew from the war followed him for years to come. Many continued to visit him at Mount Vernon. For obvious reasons, he will remain the only US President elected unanimously by the Electoral College.
I'll have to check out both the museum and restaurant next time I visit.
The Farewell to the Troops speech was actually his speech to the Continental Congress in Annapolis resigning his commission. The Maryland State Archives procured Washington's actual speech copy (with edits) a couple of years ago. It is viewable here:
I had the honor to be Director of Fraunces' Tavern Museum some years ago. The story of Washington's farewell always touched me deeply--to see the Man of Marble suddenly humanized. A great spot and a magnificent story. And, years ago, a great place for a manly dinner--steak, potato and whiskey-infused bread pudding for dessert. Ah, youth!