To the Editor:

Regarding Washington’s wise words, I cannot tell a lie: John Buttolph misquotes the president in his letter on Aug. 29. The actual quotation, taken from the president’s address to Congress on Jan. 8, 1790, is as follows:

“Among the many interesting objects, which will engage your attention, that of providing for the common defence (sic), will merit particular regard. To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace.

“A free people ought not only to be armed but disciplined; to which end a Uniform and well digested plan is requisite: And their safety and interest require that they should promote such manufactories, as tend to render them independent on others, for essential, particularly for military supplies.”

To quote from Ovid: “Fas est ab hoste doceri.” (One should learn even from one’s enemies.)

Rick Barton


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