Category Archives: Letters

It is with pleasure…

Mort Kunstler Winds of Change

Winds of Change by Mort Kunstler – Washington at Valley Forge, March 4, 1778

“It is with pleasure I receive reproof, when reproof is due, because no person can be readier to accuse me, than I am to acknowledge an error, when I am guilty of one; nor more desirous of atoning for a crime, when I am sensible of having committed it.” George Washington

Read: George Washington’s letter to Governor Dinwiddie, Aug. 27, 1757

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Posted by on September 30, 2015 in Character, Letters


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I have been called upon…


“I am now Imbarked on a tempestuous ocean, from whence perhaps no friendly harbor is to be found. I have been called upon by the unanimous voice of the Colonies to the command of the Continental Army. It is an honor I by no means aspired to. It is an honor I wished to avoid, as well as from an unwillingness to quit the peaceful enjoyment of my Family, as from a thorough conviction of my own Incapacity & want of experience in the conduct of so momentous a concern; but the partiallity of the Congress, added to some political motives, left me without a choice.” George Washington

Read: George Washington’s letter to Colonel Bassett, June 19, 1775

Remember: 10 Articles of Advice by George Washington

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Posted by on February 14, 2013 in Letters, Uncategorized


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Hand down your Religion…

“Reviewing the Troops” by Jack E. Dawson

“In return for your kind concern for my temporal and eternal happiness, permit me to assure you that my wishes are reciprocal; and that you may be enabled to hand down your Religion pure and undefiled to a Posterity worthy of their Ancestors is the prayer of, Gentlemen, your most obedient servant.” George Washington

Source: George Washington to the Minister, Elders, and Deacons of the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church in Kingston, Nov. 16, 1782, The Writings of George Washington, 25:346-347

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Posted by on November 11, 2012 in Letters


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“Turtle and Lobster Back” by Frank Godwin

“And the consideration, that human happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected, will always continue to prompt me to promote the progress of the former by inculcating the practice of the latter.” George Washington in a letter, dated August 19, 1789 “To the Bishops, Clergy, and Laity of the Protestant Episcopal church in the States of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina, in general Convention assembled.”

Read: The American Turtle

More on the First Submarine: David Bushnell’s American Turtle

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Posted by on August 24, 2012 in Advice, Letters


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If new difficulties arise…

“The Engagement between the Surveillante and HMS Quebec” by George Carter

“This stroke is severe indeed, and has distressed us much. But, notwithstanding things at present have a dark and gloomy aspect, I hope a spirited opposition will check the progress of General Burgoyne’s army, and that the confidence derived from his success will lead him into measures that will, in their consequences be favorable to us. We should never despair, our position has before been unpromising, and has changed for the better; so, I trust, it will again. If new difficulties arise, we must only put forth new exertions, and proportion our efforts to the exigency of the times.” George Washington

Source: George Washington’s Letter to Major General Philip Schulyer, July 15, 1777

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Posted by on May 5, 2012 in Letters


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I am a servant…

“Arousing The Minute Men” by John Ward Dunsmore

“For as I can conscientiously declare that I have no object in view incompatible with the Constitution, and the obvious interests of this Country, nor no earthly desire half as strong as that of returning to the walks of private life, so, of consequence I only wish whilst I am a Servant of the public, to know the Will of my masters, that I may govern myself accordingly.” George Washington

Source: George Washington’s letter to Edmund Pendleton, September 23, 1793

Read: Public Servants: Who is Serving Whom?

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Posted by on April 25, 2012 in Letters


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Every post is honorable…

"The Young Surveyor" by Walter Haskell Hinton

“Every post is honorable in which a man can serve his country.” George Washington

Read: George Washington’s letter to Benedict Arnold, September 14, 1775

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Posted by on April 24, 2012 in Letters


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