If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known, that we are at all times ready for War.
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Source Notes: Source: President GEORGE WASHINGTON, fifth annual address to Congress, December 13, 1793.The Writings of George Washington, ed. John C. Fitzpatrick, vol. 33, p. 166 .
George Washington was commander in chief of the Continental army during the American Revolution and first president of the United States (1789-97).