His humility was reflected in the way he gave people a voice by seeking and considering their opinions and ideas. Who that is a sincere friend to it can look with indifference upon attempts to shake the foundation of the fabric?
But lest some unlucky event should happen, unfavorable to my reputation, I beg it may be remembered by every gentleman in the room that I this day declare with the utmost sincerity I do not think myself equal to the command I am honored with.
Boyd et al. Letter to Sir Edward Newenham 22 June as published in The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources as edited by John Clement Fitzpatrick Of all the animosities which have existed among mankind, those which are caused by difference of sentiments in religion appear to be the most inveterate and distressing, and ought most to be deprecated.
And the consideration that human happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected, will always continue to prompt me to promote the progress of the former, by inculcating the practice of the latter.
In a meeting with secretary of state Genet even threatened to appeal directly to the American people to act against Washington. The acceptance of, and continuance hitherto in, the office to which your suffrages have twice called me have been a uniform sacrifice of inclination to the opinion of duty and to a deference for what appeared to be your desire.
This spirit, unfortunately, is inseparable from our nature, having its root in the strongest passions of the human mind.
All possess alike liberty of conscience and immunities of citizenship.
Letter to Roman Catholics 15 March [A] good moral character is the first essential in a man, and that the habits contracted at your age are generally indelible, and your conduct here may stamp your character through life.
Adams failed to get re-elected and Andrew Jackson, the seventh president of the United States, was not the kind of man to be taken in by such fanciful ideas. A secret plan was thus devised by the British, French and Israeli authorities to invade Egypt, depose Nasser and take back control of the Suez Canal.