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what were Madison's and Hamilton's role in Washington's Farwell Address?

What part they had in it?

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Hamilton and Madison collaborated with Washington on the first and second drafts of the Farewell Address. Madison created the first draft in 1792, and Washington then tucked it away after accepting a second term. Later, Hamilton used Madison’s draft as model, but he clarified Washington’s language and tone. He also convinced Washington not to stress in the letter his pet project, a national university. Although Hamilton’s hand is evident in the final draft, Ellis underscores Washington’s bipartisan influence, and attributes the authorship of the Farewell Address rightfully to the President.