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My policy has been, and will continue to be, while I have the honor to remain in the administration of the government, to be upon friendly terms with, but independent of, all the nations of the earth. To share in the broils of none. To fulfil our own engagements. To supply the wants, and be carriers for them all: Being thoroughly convinced that it is our policy and interest to do so.

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letter to Gouverneur Morris, ref: Washington's Maxims, 54. 1795

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George Washington

1st President of the United States; commander-in-chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolution (1732-1799)

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