Can you then consent to be the only sufferers by this revolution…




Can you then consent to be the only sufferers by this revolution…

Can you then consent to be the only sufferers by this revolution… --George Washington

Can you then consent to be the only sufferers by this revolution, and retiring from the field, grow old in poverty, wretchedness and contempt? Can you consent to wade through the vile mire of dependency, and owe the miserable remnant of that life to charity, which has hitherto been spent in honor? If you can GO and carry with you the jest of tories and scorn of whigs the ridicule, and what is worse, the pity of the world. Go, starve, and be forgotten!

George Washington

Year: 1783
Context: Letter to the Officers of the Army
Tags: contempt, grow old in poverty, pity of the world, sufferers by this revolution, vile mire of dependency, wretchedness



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