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It is too probable that no plan we propose will be adopted. Perhaps another dreadful conflict is to be sustained. If to please the people, we offer what we ourselves disapprove, how can we afterwards defend our work? Let us raise a standard to which the wise and the honest can repair. The event is in the hand of God.

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Source Notes: Source: GEORGE WASHINGTON, remarks at the first Continental Congress, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, May 14, 1787.Max Farrand, The Framing of the Constitution of the United States, p. 66 .Washington was the presiding officer.

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George Washington was commander in chief of the Continental army during the American Revolution and first president of the United States (1789-97).

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