Second Inaugural Address of George Washington
THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA
MONDAY, MARCH 4, 1793
I am again called upon by the voice of my country to execute the functions
of its Chief Magistrate. When the occasion proper for it shall arrive,
I shall endeavor to express the high sense I entertain of this distinguished
honor, and of the confidence which has been reposed in me by the people
of united America.
Previous to the execution of any official act of the President the Constitution
requires an oath of office. This oath I am now about to take, and in your
presence: That if it shall be found during my administration of the Government
I have in any instance violated willingly or knowingly the injunctions
thereof, I may (besides incurring constitutional punishment) be subject
to the upbraidings of all who are now witnesses of the present solemn ceremony.