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George Washington

1732–1799
George Washington by Gilbert Stuart (1797). (Clark Art Institute; public domain via Wikimedia Commons)

Major works:
Newburgh Address, 1783 • First Inaugural Address, 1789 • Letter to the Hebrew Congregation in Newport, Rhode Island, 1790 • Farewell Address, 1796

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To the Hebrew Congregation in Newport, Rhode Island (August 18, 1790)

George Washington

The Citizens of the United States of America have a right to applaud themselves for having given to mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy: a policy worthy of imitation. All possess alike liberty of conscience and immunities of citizenship. It is now no more that toleration is spoken of, as if it was by the indulgence of one class of people, that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent natural rights. For happily the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens, in giving it on all occasions their effectual support.

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