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" ...something is due to the Man who puts his life in his hand?hazards his health?& forsakes the Sweets of domestic enjoyments... "

From George Washing to John Hancock | Wednesday, September 25, 1776

Editorial Notes

By this time, George Washington had been commander of the Continental Army for more than a year and had a good handle on the problems facing the army.  One of the most vexing was how to keep soldiers in the army after their terms of enlistment were over.  Washington reminded civilian leaders that lofty principles were not enough to keep the soldiers from going home, when their pay was insufficient.  He noted that a soldier “cannot ruin himself and Family to serve his Country.”

George Washington to John Hancock | Wednesday, September 25, 1776