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For if Men are to be precluded from offering their Sentiments on a matter, which may involve the most serious and alarming consequences, that can invite the consideration of Mankind, reason is of no use to us; the freedom of Speech may be taken away, and, dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep, to the Slaughter.

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Source Notes: Source: General GEORGE WASHINGTON, address to the officers of the army, Newburgh, New York, March 15, 1783.The Writings of George Washington, ed. John C. Fitzpatrick, vol. 26, p. 225 .

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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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