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Happy the people…

"Washington with Adams and Jefferson during the 1793 Inauguration" by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris

Happily, the people of the United States of America have, in many instances, exhibited examples worthy of imitation, the salutary influence of which will doubtless extend much farther, if, gratefully enjoying those blessings of peace, which, under the favor of Heaven, have been obtained by fortitude in war, they shall conduct themselves with reverence to the Deity, and charity towards their fellow-creatures. May the same wonder-working Deity, who long since delivered the Hebrews from their Egyptian oppressors, and planted them in the promised land, whose providential agency has lately been conspicuous in establishing these United States as an independent nation, still continue to water them with the dews of Heaven, and to make the inhabitants of every denomination participate in the temporal and spiritual blessings of that people, whose God is Jehovah.” George Washington

Psalm 33:12: Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.

Read: George Washington’s Letter to the Hebrew Congregation of the City of Savannah, May 1790

 
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Posted by on March 15, 2012 in Letters

 

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The smiles of Heaven…

The Passage of the Delaware by Thomas Sully

“Since we ought to be no less persuaded that the propitious smiles of Heaven, can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which Heaven itself has ordained: And since the preservation of the sacred fire of liberty, and the destiny of the Republican model of Government, are justly considered as deeply, perhaps as finally staked, on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.” George Washington

Read: George Washington’s Inaugural Address of 1789

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2012 in Inaugural Speech

 

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Stand firm…

Paul Revere by N C Wyeth

“In a free country, such approbation should be a citizen’s best reward; and so it would be, if truth and candor were always to estimate the conduct of public men. But the reverse is so often the case, that he, who, wishing to serve his country, if not influenced by higher motives, runs the risk of being miserably disappointed. Under such discouragements, the good citizen will look beyond the applauses and reproaches of men, and, persevering in his duty, stand firm in conscious rectitude and in the hope of approving Heaven.” George Washington

Read: “The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 
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Posted by on February 18, 2012 in Letters

 

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While I reiterate the professions of my dependence…

General George Washington, 1777 by Don Troiani

“While I reiterate the professions of my dependence upon Heaven, as the source of all public and private blessings, I will observe, that the general prevalence of piety, philanthropy, honesty, industry, and economy seems, in the ordinary course of human affairs, particularly necessary for advancing and confirming the happiness of our country.” George Washington

 
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Posted by on January 19, 2012 in Nation, Providence

 

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