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From: "Rob Hilliard" <>
Subject: RE: [Sc-Ir] Re: Scotch-Irish-D Digest V05 #160
Date: Fri, 9 Sep 2005 14:50:55 -0400

Interesting. I had it in two locations, one being - Surprise! - a
Billy Kennedy book. The other was the website where it appears
unattributed, other than the vague reference to Valley Forge.

Thanks for enlightening me and sorry for the red herring.

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From: Montgomery Michael [mailto:]
Sent: Friday, September 09, 2005 12:41 PM
Subject: [Sc-Ir] Re: Scotch-Irish-D Digest V05 #160

No, the George Washintgon quote does not work. As Richard MacMaster,
who forwarded the original query to this list, knows, the Washington
quote is not an authentic one. Having frequently seen it in popular
historians (e.g. the books of Billy Kennedy) a couple of years ago I
tried to track it down by contacting the editors of the Washington
Papers at the University of Virginia. They could find nothing that
resembles it among the vast assemblage of Washington material.
The quotation seems to go at least as far back as W F Marshall's _Ulster
Sails West_ sixty years ago, but I have never a citation of its original
source. Thus, it seems to me that the quote is probably partially, if
not wholly, apocryphal.

MacMaster did a piece for the _Family Tree_ newspaper a year or so ago
in which he speculated that he had found a quotation attributed to
Washington that was the germ of the more familiar one, but that it was
several alterations removed from it.

Or has anyone actually seen a cited original source for the quote from
Washington's one writing?

Is there any good evidence that Washington ever used the term

Michael Montgomery

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