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Leaving everything…

"John Paul Jones At The Constitutional Convention" by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris

Leaving everything to contend for that freedom they hold dear, they will have to wade through much blood and slaughter before they can carry any part of our works, if they carry them at all; and at best be in possession of a melancholy and mournful victory. May the sacredness of our cause inspire our soldiery with sentiments of heroism, and lead them to the performance of the noblest exploits.” George Washington

Source: George Washington’s Letter to Congress, July 10,1776


Posted by on April 18, 2012 in Letters


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All see, and most admire…

"Washington, Before the Dawn" by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris

“All see, and most admire, the glare which hovers round the external trappings of elevated office. To me there is nothing in it, beyond the lustre which may be reflected from its connection with a power of promoting human felicity.” George Washington

Read: George Washington’s Letter to Catherine Macaulay Graham

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Posted by on April 7, 2012 in Letters


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Having now finished…

"The American Cincinnatus, 1783" by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris

“Having now finished the work assigned me, I retire from the great theatre of Action; and bidding an Affectionate farewell to this August body under whose orders I have so long acted, I here offer my Commission, and take my leave of all the employments of public life.” George Washington

Read: Cincinnatus and the Disbanding of Washington’s Army

The Entire Speech: Resignation Speech of George Washington

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Posted by on March 31, 2012 in Other Speeches


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You will, by the dignity of your conduct…

"George Washington at Mount Vernon with Eleanor (Nelly) and George" by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris

“You will, by the dignity of your Conduct, afford occasion for Posterity to say, when speaking of the glorious example you have exhibited to Mankind, had this day been wanting, the World had never seen the last stage of perfection to which human nature is capable of attaining.” George Washington

Read: George Washington’s Speech to Officers at Newburgh

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Posted by on March 20, 2012 in Other Speeches


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May the children…

"Under My Own Vine And Fig Tree" by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris

“The Citizens of the United States of America have a right to applaud themselves for giving to Mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy: a policy worthy of imitation. All possess alike liberty of conscience and immunities of citizenship. It is now no more that toleration is spoken of, as if it was by the indulgence of one class of people that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent natural rights. For happily the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens in giving it on all occasions their effectual support. May the Children of the Stock of Abraham, who dwell in this land, continue to merit and enjoy the good will of the other Inhabitants; while every one shall sit under his own vine and fig tree, and there shall be none to make him afraid.” George Washington

Reference: “But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the LORD of hosts hath spoken it.” Micah 4:4

Read: George Washington and Micah’s Vine and Fig Tree Vision

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Posted by on March 17, 2012 in Letters


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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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