JOHN C. FITZPATRICK (1876 - 1940) began working for the Library of Congress in 1897 and worked as the Assistant Chief of the Manuscripts Division there from 1902 until 1928. Fitzpatrick's lifelong devotion and interest in George Washington led him to publish a vast amount on the nation's first president, including a biography, George Washington Himself (1933). Fitzpatrick also edited and compiled many collections held by the Library of Congress for their publication including Washington's Expenses as Commander in Chief, Calandars of Washington Manuscripts, Correspondence with the Continental Congress, Correspondence with the Military, List of Early Washington Papers, Franklin Manuscripts, Vernon-Wagner Navy Papers, Autobiography of Martin Van Buren (1920), and the Diaries of George Washington (1925). In 1928 Fitzpatrick left the Library of Congress in order to head the George Washington Bicentennial Commission, organized by Congress to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Washington in 1932. Among the Commission's projects was the publication of the monumental Writings of Washington, which Fitzpatrick edited and compiled over twelve years.
A handwritten quotation from George Washington's farewell address, dated November 1925. Pencil notations, folds, very good condition overall. Also included is the "translation" of the handwriting, provided by the Lincoln Library organization.