Manuscript/Mixed Material George Washington, September 17, 1796, Farewell Address
more and more find a valuable vent for the commodities which it brings from abroad, or manufactures at home. The West derives from the East supplies requisite to its growth and comfort, and what is perhaps of still greater consequence, it must of necessity owe the secure enjoyment of indispensable outlets for its own productions to the weight, influence, and the future Maritime strength of the Atlantic side of the Union, directed by an indissoluble community of Interest as one Nation .14 Any other tenure by which the West can hold this essential advantage,15 whether derived from its own seperate strength, or from an apostate and unnatural connection with any foregin Power, must be intrinsically precarious.16
17 While then every part of our country thus18 feels an immediate and particular Interest in Union, all the parts19 combined cannot fail to find in the united mass of means and efforts20 greater strength, greater resource, proportionably greater security from external danger, a less frequent interruption of their Peace by foreign Nations; and,21 what is of inestimable value! they must derive from Union an exemption from those broils and Wars between themselves, which22 so frequently afflict neighbouring countries, not tied together by the same government; which their own rivalships alone would be sufficient to produce, but which opposite foreign alliances, attachments and intriegues would stimulate and imbitter. Hence likewise they will avoid the necessity of those overgrown Military establishments, which under any form of Government are inauspicious to liberty, and which23 are to be regarded as particularly hostile to Republican Liberty: In this sense it is, that your Union ought to be
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- George Washington Papers, Series 2, Letterbooks 1754-1799: Letterbook 24, April 3, 1793 - March 3, 1797
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- Washington, George, 1732-1799 (Author)
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- series: Series 2, Letterbooks 1754-1799
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