Who is there that has forgotten the vales of Brandywine, the fields of Germantown, or the plains of Monmouth?
Everywhere present, wants of every kind obstructing, numerous and valiant armies encountering,
himself a host, he assuaged our sufferings, limited our privations, and upheld our tottering Republic.
Shall I display to you the spread of the fire of his soul by rehearsing the praises of the hero of Saratoga, and his much-loved compeer of the Carolinas?
No; our Washington wears not borrowed glory.
To Gates—to Greene, he gave without reserve the applause due to their eminent merit;
and long may the chiefs of Saratoga and of Eutaw receive the grateful respect of a grateful people.
Moving in his own orbit, he imparted heat and light to his most distant satellites;
and, combining the physical and moral force of all within his sphere,
with irresistible weight he took his course, commiserating folly, disdaining vice, dismaying treason, and invigorating despondency;
until the auspicious hour arrived, when, united with the intrepid forces of a potent and magnanimous ally, he brought to submission Cornwallis, since the conqueror of India;
thus finishinghis long career of military glory with a luster corresponding to his great name,
and in this his last act of war, affixing the seal of fate to our nation's birth.
First in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen, he was second to none in humble and endearing scenes of private life.
Pious, just, humane, temperate, sincere, uniform, dignified, and commanding, his example was edifying to all around him, as were the effects of that example lasting.
To his equals, he was condescending; to his inferiors, kind; and to the dear object of his affections, exemplarily tender.
Correct throughout, vice shuddered in his presence, and virtue always felt his fostering hand;
the purity of his private character gave effulgence to his public virtues.
His last scene comported with the whole tenor of his life.
Although in extreme pain, not a sigh, not a groan, escaped him; and with undisturbed serenity he closed his well-spent life.
Such was the man America has lost! Such was the man for whom our nation mourns!