"heroes have made poets, and poets heroes."

George Washington to Lafayette | Wednesday, May 28, 1788


"Gentlemen, you will permit me to put on my spectacles, for, I have grown not only gray, but almost blind in the service of my country."

Statement before delivering response to the first Newburgh Address | Saturday, March 15, 1783


"I am particularly obligd in your favour of the Rum out of your own private Store I shall allways remember my duty in drinking of it and then your Honour?s health can never be forgot."

George Washington to Robert Dinwiddie | Monday, June 10, 1754


"Still I hope I shall always possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain (what I consider the most enviable of all titles) the character of an honest man."

George Washington to Alexander Hamilton | Thursday, August 28, 1788


"For I love to indulge the contemplation of human nature in a progressive state of improvement and melioration: and if the idea would not be considered as visionary and chimerical, I could fondly hope…

George Washington to the Marquis de Lafayette | Thursday, January 10, 1788


"System in all things is the soul of business. To deliberate maturely, & execute promptly is the way to conduct it to advantage. With me, it has always been a maxim, rather to let my designs appear from…

George Washington to James Anderson | Thursday, December 21, 1797

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