George Washington’s Earnest Prayer

I now make it my earnest prayer, that God would have you, and the State over which you preside, in [H]is holy protection, that [H]e would incline the hearts of the Citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to Government, to entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another, for their fellow Citizens of the United States at large, and particularly for their brethren who have served in the Field, and finally, that [H]e would most graciously be pleased to dispose us all, to do Justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that Charity, humility and pacific temper of mind, which were the Characteristicks of the Divine Author of our blessed Religion, and without an humble imitation of whose example in these things, we can never hope to be a happy Nation.

- George Washington to Meshech Weare, et al, June 8, 1783, Circular Letter of Farewell to Army – Document Image

Who is “the Divine Author of our blessed Religion”?
Jesus Christ. In the beginning was the Word…

George Washington himself counseled us that without an humble imitation of Jesus Christ, we can never be a happy Nation.

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4 Responses to George Washington’s Earnest Prayer

  1. Mick says:

    Amazingly, Washington is speaking to us right now! One of the books overdue (220 years) from NY’s oldest library, and checked out to G. Washington , is Vattel’s “Law of Nations”. Of course, FOX fails to report the significance of this, as they are pledged to bury the Obama eligibility issue.

    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/04/18/george-washington-racks-late-fees-nyc-library/

  2. Mick,

    Thank you for your comment.

    Assuming that he read the books he checked out, this proves that George Washington read The Law of Nations. This is indeed highly relevant, because it defined “natural born citizens” as those “born in the country, of parents who are citizens”.

  3. In 1789 and 1790, when New York was the nation’s capital and Congress occupied the building — then renamed Federal Hall – it served as the first Library of Congress; it was used by George Washington and John Jay.

    John Jay became the first Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court.

    But when the U.S. Constititution was still a work in progress, John Jay wrote to George Washington, then Presiding Officer of the Constitutional Convention:

    “Permit me to hint, whether it would be wise and seasonable to provide a strong check to the admission of Foreigners into the administration of our national Government; and to declare expressly that the Commander in Chief of the American Army shall not be given to nor devolve on, any but a natural born Citizen.”

    Does anyone really believe that John Jay or George Washington would have accepted any person born a foreign subject, especially a person born a British subject, as Commander in Chief?

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