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title:“Anectdote by George Washington”
authors:George Washington
date written:1787-8-18

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Washington, George. "Anectdote by George Washington." Supplement to Max Farrand's The Records of the Federal Convention of 1787. Ed. James H. Hutson. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1987. 229. Print.

Anectdote by George Washington (August 18, 1787)

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In response to Gerry's motion of this day that no standing army exceed 3,000 men, Washington is alleged to have suggested a counter-motion that "no foreign enemy should invade the United States at any time, with more than three thousand troops."!!! FOOTNOTE(Paul Wilstach, Patriots off Their Pedestals [reprint ed., Freeport, N. Y., 1970], 29)

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