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Pulling Down the Statue of King George III, 1848

Pulling Down the Statue of King George III, 1848 by Johannes Adam Oertel (Collection of the NY Historical Society) “It is only in our united Character as an Empire, that our Independence is acknowledged, that our power can be regarded, or our Credit supported among Foreign Nations. The Treaties of the European Powers with the United States of America, will have no validity on a dissolution of the Union. We shall be left nearly in a state of Nature, or we may find by our own unhappy experience, that there is a natural and necessary progression, from the extreme of anarchy to the extreme of Tyranny; and that arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of Liberty abused to licentiousness.” George Washington

Read: George Washington’s Circular to the States

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Posted by on March 19, 2012 in Letters


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