Joseph J. Ellis Quote

Having now finished the work assigned me, Washington solemnly said, I retire from the great theatre of Action. . . . I here offer my Commission, and take my leave of all the enjoyments of public life. The man who had known how to stay the course now showed that he also understood how to leave it. Horses were waiting at the door immediately after Washington read his statement. The crowd gathered at the doorway to wave him off. It was the greatest exit in American history.

Joseph J. Ellis

Having now finished the work assigned me, Washington solemnly said, I retire from the great theatre of Action. . . . I here offer my Commission, and take my leave of all the enjoyments of public life. The man who had known how to stay the course now showed that he also understood how to leave it. Horses were waiting at the door immediately after Washington read his statement. The crowd gathered at the doorway to wave him off. It was the greatest exit in American history.

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About Joseph J. Ellis

Joseph John-Michael Ellis III (born July 18, 1943) is an American historian whose work focuses on the lives and times of the founders of the United States of America. American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson won a National Book Award and Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for History. Both these books were bestsellers.