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Should the States reject this excellent Constitution, the probability is, an opportunity will never again offer to cancel another in peacethe next will be drawn in blood.

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Source Notes: Source: Attributed to GEORGE WASHINGTON.Pennsylvania Journal and Weekly Advertiser, November 14, 1787, p. 3, col. 1.Charles Warren, The Making of the Constitution, p. 717 , quotes this, with slight variation in wording, but adds in a footnote: As Madison does not mention this speech, there is some doubt as to the accuracy of the report.

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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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