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The bosom of America is open to receive not only the Opulent and respectable Stranger, but the oppressed and persecuted of all Nations And Religions; whom we shall wellcome to a participation of all our rights and previleges, if by decency and propriety of conduct they appear to merit the enjoyment.

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Source Notes: Source: General GEORGE WASHINGTON, letter to the members of the Volunteer Association and other Inhabitants of the Kingdom of Ireland who have lately arrived in the City of New York, December 2, 1783.The Writings of George Washington, ed. John C. Fitzpatrick, vol. 27, p. 254 .

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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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