The Enduring Wisdom Of George Washington

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We are being assaulted in all directions by media sources from various revisionist historians, most notably, critical race theory (CRT). It's difficult to sift through the conflicting information and discern the actual foundational principles, responsible for the formation of our nation. The best way to resolve this conundrum is by referring to the original founding documents, or documents written by the founders themselves. This book is a resource that will enable you to research the history and writings of George Washington, along with a selection of primary founding documents. This volume is not exhaustive in scope, but will aid in getting you started in the right direction.

The inspiration for this volume came as the result of me purchasing a book entitled, "Giants of the Republic," originally published in 1895. This book was compiled and edited by Hamilton Wright Mabie, written by a corps of competent biographers. My original intent was to transcribe the entire work and make it available on Amazon, as a paperback and Kindle volume for historical purposes. The first chapter was devoted to George Washington and it became apparent to me the wealth of available subject matter, that could be included in a book devoted to the "Father of our Country." The result of that epiphany of sorts is this PDF format eBook, that's available to you for immediate download. - Paul Gerard

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George Washington Son of the Republic: His Life And Writings

George Washington, Father and Founder of the Republic

Among the multitude who in different lands and times have won fame in varying degrees, a few stand out so distinct, so far above the rest, that they mark the eras of the world’s progress. By them we measure our growth; by them we test our advance or decline. We no longer judge them, but rather judge ourselves by them, by the extent to which we can appreciate and understand them. An age in which they are honored is glorious; a generation by which they are not esteemed is contemptible. Among the few thus truly great is Washington. A thousand times has the story of his noble life been told; yet never were men so eager to hear it as now. His character has endured every test; his fame is secure. “It will be the duty of the historian in all ages,” says Lord Brougham, “to omit no occasion of commemorating this illustrious man; . . . and until time shall be no more will a test of the progress which our race has made in wisdom and virtue be derived from the veneration paid to the immortal name of Washington."

Washington's Farewell Address, September 19, 1796

Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness – these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connections with private and public felicity. Let it simply be asked, "where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths which are the instruments of investigation in courts of justice?" And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.

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Notable Washington Quotes

"Labour to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire, called conscience." - 110 Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation, 1737

"Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness." - Circular to the States, May 9, 1753

"Nothing is a greater stranger to my breast, or a sin that my soul more abhors, than that black and detestable one, ingratitude." - Letter to Governor Robert Dinwiddie, May 29, 1754

"By the all-powerful dispensations of Providence, I have been protected beyond all human probability and expectation; for I had four bullets through my coat, and two horses shot under me, yet escaped unhurt, altho' death was levelling my companions on every side." - Letter to John A. Washington, July 18, 1755

"It is with pleasure I receive reproof, when reproof is due, because no person can be readier to accuse me, than I am to acknowledge an error, when I am guilty of one; nor more desirous of atoning for a crime, when I am sensible of having committed it." - Letter to Governor Robert Dinwiddie, August 27, 1757

"Since that happy hour when we made our pledges to each other, my thoughts have been continually going to you as another Self. That an all-powerful Providence may keep us both in safety is the prayer of your ever faithful and affectionate friend." - Letter to Martha Custis, July 20, 1758

"The ways of Providence being inscrutable, and the justice of it not to be scanned by the shallow eye of humanity, nor to be counteracted by the utmost efforts of human power or wisdom, resignation, and as far as the strength of our reason and religion can carry us, a cheerful acquiescence to the Divine Will, is what we are to aim." - Letter to Col. Burwell Bassett, April 25, 1773

"When we assumed the Soldier, we did not lay aside the Citizen; and we shall most sincerely rejoice with you in the 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, peacefully and happy Country." - Address to the New York Legislature, June 26, 1775

"The General most earnestly requires and expects a due observance of those articles of war established for the government of the Army which forbid profane cursing, swearing and drunkenness. And in like manner he requires and expects of all officers and soldiers not engaged in actual duty, a punctual attendance of Divine services, to implore the blessing of Heaven upon the means used for our safety and defense." - General Orders, July 4, 1775

"As the Cause of our common Country, calls us both to an active and dangerous Duty, I trust that Divine Providence, which wisely orders the Affairs of Men, will enable us to discharge it with Fidelity and Success." - Letter to Jonathan Trumbull, July 18, 1775

Chapters Contained Within This Book (456 pages)

Giants of the Republic Original Introduction

Father and Founder of the Republic

Heroes Every Child Should Know, by Hamilton Wright Mabie

General Washington to the President of the Continental Congress

Prayer at Valley Forge

Washington Address to the Troops

Farewell Address to the Army

First Inaugural Address

Excerpts from Drafts of the First Inaugural Address

Circular to State Governments

First Annual Message to Congress

Second Annual Message to Congress

Third Annual Message to Congress

Fourth Annual Message to Congress

Second Inaugural Address

Fifth Annual Message to Congress

Sixth Annual Message to Congress

Seventh Annual Message to Congress

Eighth Annual Message to Congress

Washington's Farewell Address

Last Will and Testament

The Thanksgiving Proclamation

The Fable of the Cherry Tree

Rules of Civility & Decent Behaviour in Company and Conversation

A Prayer Journal Of George Washington (age 20)

A Vision of George Washington

George Washington Quotes

The Declaration of Independence

The Treaty of Paris (1783)

The Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union (1777)

Letter from the Federal Convention President to the President of Congress, Transmitting the Constitution

The Constitution of the United States of America

Bill of Rights

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