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From: "Ed St.Germain" <>
Subject: [A-REV] Re: Washington as king
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2003 09:38:56 -0700
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Dead wrong about Valley Forge.

Try Newburgh.

After the victory at Yorktown, George Washington took the Continental
Army north to keep an eye on the British Army in New York. Washington's
generals were disgusted with the Continental Congress. These officers
wanted to confront the Congress, at gun point if necessary, to resolve
their grievances. There was talk of a military coup and installing
George Washington as king. Many wanted Washington to capitalize on his
position of power-even assume kingship. On March 15, 1783, at his
headquarters in Newburgh, NY, Washington agonized over every word of a
speech to address to his officers. The next day he met them. They did
not smile or applaud. As he was delivering the speech, he began to
stumble, until he finally put on a pair of spectacles. None of his
subordinate generals had ever seen George Washington in glasses. He
remarked, "Not only have I grown gray in your service, but now I find
myself going blind." He said not only had the conflict made him gray but
blind also. His vulnerability touched them and the "conspiracy"
collapsed. Nine months letter, Washington gave up his commission. Many
were surprised that he had not used his position to assume power. Even
his enemies were impressed. King George said, "If he can do this he'll
be the greatest man in the world." By refusing to become king, George
Washington demonstrated his great character and established his place in
history. Washington, by being the man "who wouldn't be king," assured
the survival of the American Republic.

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