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Foreign influence is…

“Washington at the Battle of Harlem Plains” by John Ward Dunsmore

“Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence (I conjure you to believe me, fellow-citizens,) the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake; since history and experience prove, that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of Republican Government.” George Washington

Read: George Washington’s Farewell Address, 1796

 

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Indispensable supports…

"George Washington Arriving at Christ Church" Easter Sunday, 1795

Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connections with private and public felicity. Let it simply be asked: Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths which are the instruments of investigation in courts of justice ? And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.” George Washington, Farewell Address, 1796

View: George Washington’s Epitaph

Read: The Man Who Could Have Been King


 
 

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The friends of humanity…

"The Boston Massacre" by Francis Luis Mora

“The friends of humanity will deprecate War, wheresoever it may appear; and we have experience enough of its evils, in this country, to know, that it should not be wantonly or unnecessarily entered upon. I trust, that the good citizens of the United States will show to the world, that they have as much wisdom in preserving peace at this critical juncture, as they have hitherto displayed valor in defending their just rights.” George Washington, Address to the merchants of Philadelphia, May 16, 1793

Read: What Was The Boston Massacre?

 
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Posted by on March 27, 2012 in Other Speeches

 

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We should not look back…

"The Death of General Montgomery in Attack on Quebec, December 31 1775" by John Trumbull

“We ought not to look back, unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors, and for the purpose of profiting by dear bought experience.” George Washington

Original Document: George Washington’s Letter to John Armstrong

Listen: An audio from “True to the Old Flag” by G.A. Henty – The story of the American war of Independence from the side of the British. (Courtesy of My Audio School)

 
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Posted by on March 4, 2012 in Letters

 

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I shall not be deprived…

“Give ’em Watts Boys” by John Ward Dunsmore

“I can answer but for three things: a firm belief of the justice of our cause, close attention in the prosecution of it, and the strictest Integrity. If these cannot supply the place of ability and Experience, the cause will suffer, and more than probable my character along with it, as reputation derives its principal support from success; but it will be remembered, I hope, that no desire or insinuation of mine placed me in this situation. I shall not be deprived, therefore, of a comfort in the worst event, if I retain a consciousness of having acted to the best of my judgment.” George Washington

Read: The Story of Reverend James Caldwell, Courageous Pastor and Patriot

Blog: James Caldwell, The Fighting Chaplain

 
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Posted by on February 26, 2012 in Letters

 

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Let it simply be asked…

“Let it simply be asked, Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths, which are the instruments of investigation in Courts of Justice? And let us with caution indulge the supposition, that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect, that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.” George Washington, Farewell Address, 1796

George Washington Father of Country

George Washington by Gilbert Stuart, 1797

George Washington Inn is a great getaway close to Seattle, WA and Victoria, BC.

 

 
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Posted by on July 3, 2011 in Advice

 

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