"If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known, that we are at all times ready for War."

Fifth Annual Address to Congress | Friday, December 13, 1793


Editorial Notes

Having been elected to serve a second term as President of the United States, Washington still faced challenges of an independent nation.  His fifth State of the Union promised to defend the rights of the citizens, and encouraged a strong and resourceful army.  He reminded Congress that even in times of apparent peace, he felt it necessary to always be prepared for war. 

From George Washington to the United States Senate and House of Representatives, 3 December 1793


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