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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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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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It having pleased the Almighty…

"George Washington" by John Ward Dunsmore

“It having pleased the Almighty ruler of the Universe to defend propitiously the Cause of the United American-States and finally by raising us up a powerful Friend among the Princes of the Earth, to establish our liberty and Independence upon lasting foundations, it becomes us to set apart a day for gratefully acknowledging the divine Goodness, and celebrating the important Event which we owe to His benign Interposition.” George Washington, General Orders – May 5, 1778

Read: French Alliance Brings Joy to Washington at Valley Forge

Question: Are Americans Abandoning God?


Posted by on April 16, 2012 in General Orders


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If we have wisdom…

"George Washington Leaving Mount Vernon For His Inauguration As President In New York City" by John Ward Dunsmore

“The reflection on the days of difficulty and danger which are past is rendered the more sweet, from a consciousness that they are succeeded by days of uncommon prosperity and security. If we have wisdom to make the best use of the advantages with which we are now favored, we cannot fail, under the just administration of a good Government, to become a great and a happy people.” George Washington

Read: George Washington’s Reply to the Hebrew Congregation

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Posted by on April 11, 2012 in Letters


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We shall rejoice…

"Colonel Knox Bringing the Cannons from Fort Ticonderoga" by John Ward Dunsmore

“As to the fatal, but necessary, operations of War. When we assumed the Soldier, we did not lay aside the Citizen; and we shall most sincerely rejoice with you in that happy hour when the establishment of American Liberty, upon the most firm and solid foundations, shall enable us to return to our Private Stations in the bosom of a free, peaceful and happy Country.” George Washington

Source: George Washington to New York Legislature, June 26, 1775

Read: George Washington Birthday Address to the Maryland Senate, February 18, 2008

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Posted by on April 9, 2012 in Letters


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True friendship…

"Washington and Staff at Fort Lee" by John Ward Dunsmore

“True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation.” George Washington

Read: The Story Behind Fort Lee

Discover: The George Washington Bridge – An Overview

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Posted by on April 6, 2012 in Uncategorized


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For me, it is enough…

"Bunker Hill - Fight at the Rail Fence" by John Ward Dunsmore

“For me, it is enough to have seen the divine Arm visibly outstretched for our deliverance, and to have received the approbation of my Country, and my Conscience, on account of my humble instrumentality in carrying the designs of Providence into effect.” George Washington

Read: Providence and the Invention of the United States, 1607-1876

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Posted by on April 4, 2012 in Uncategorized


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