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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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If men are to be…

"Samuel Adams and the Massachusetts Charter" by John Singleton Copley

“If men are to be precluded from offering their sentiments on a matter which may involve the most serious and alarming consequences that can invite the consideration of mankind, reason is of no use to us; the freedom of speech may be taken away, and dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” George Washington’s Address to Officers of the Army, March 15, 1783)

Read: Copley’s Portrait of Samuel Adams

 
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Posted by on March 26, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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If freedom of speech is taken away…

"Retreat to Victory" by Henry Hintermeister

“For if Men are to be precluded from offering their Sentiments on a matter, which may involve the most serious and alarming consequences, that can invite the consideration of Mankind, reason is of no use to us; the freedom of Speech may be taken away, and dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep, to the Slaughter.” George Washington

Read: Speech to Officers at Newburgh

 
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Posted by on February 25, 2012 in Other Speeches

 

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A people contending for life…

Breymann's Redoubt Battle of Saratoga - October 7th 1777 by Don Troiani

“A people contending for life and liberty are seldom disposed to look with a favorable eye upon either men or measures whose passions, interests or consequences will clash with those inestimable objects.” George Washington

 
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Posted by on February 14, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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