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George Washington — Prayer for the Nation

Circular Letter Addressed to the Governors of all the States on the Disbanding of the Army 

a. I now make it my earnest prayer,
 b. that God would have you, and the state over which you preside, in his holy protection

  c. that he would incline the hearts of the citizens to cultivate
   d. a spirit of subordination and obedience to government, 

    e. to entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another, for their fellow-citizens of the United States at large,
     f. and particularly for their brethren who have served in the field;
    e’. and finally, that he would most graciously be pleased to dispose us all to justice, to love mercy

  c’. and to demean ourselves with that
   d’. charity, humility and pacific temper of mind which were the characteristics of the Divine Author of our blessed religion, 

 b’. and without an humble imitation of whose examples in these things, we can never hope to be a happy nation.
a’. [Amen.] 


This prayer was part of a short letter written by George Washington at Newburgh, New York at the close of the Revolutionary War on June 14, 1783. It was sent to the thirteen governors of the newly-freed states on June 14, 1783.

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