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The necessity of…

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George Washington and the Continental Congress

“The necessity of reciprocal checks in the exercise of political power, by dividing and distributing it into different depositories, and constituting each the guardian of the public weal against invasions by the others, has been evinced by experiments ancient and modern, some of them in our country and under our own eyes.” George Washington

Read: George Washington’s Farewell Address, 1796

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Posted by on January 22, 2013 in Farewell Address


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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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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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I have no other view…

"Patrick Henry Arguing The Parson’s Cause At The Hanover County Courthouse" by George Cooke

“I have no other view than to promote the public good, and am unambitious of honors not founded in the approbation of my Country.” George Washington, Letter to Henry Laurens, January 31, 1778

Read: Biography of Patrick Henry

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Posted by on March 23, 2012 in Letters


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