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9032. WASHINGTON (George), Republicanism of.—[continued].

General Washington was
himself sincerely a friend to the republican principles
of our Constitution. His faith perhaps
in its duration, might not have been as confident
as mine; but he repeatedly declared to me, that
he was determined it should have a fair chance
for success, and that he would lose the last drop
of his blood in its support, against any attempt
which might be made to change it from its republican
form. He made these declarations the
oftener, because he knew my suspicions that
Hamilton had other views, and he wished to
quiet my jealousies on this subject.—
To Martin Van Buren. Washington ed. vii, 371. Ford ed., x, 314.
(M. 1824)