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George Washington (1732-1799) was constantly entertaining visitors from all over the world at his home in Mount Vernon, Virginia. In 1797 the French revolutionary and free-thinker Constantin Volney paid a visit and asked Washington for a letter of recommendation.

Although a cautious and thoroughly proper man, Washington held strong opinions and had no sympathy whatever for Volney's religious views and precious little for his political extremism. Not wanting to create an incident or otherwise offend the Frenchman, but determined not to give support to the man, Washington penned the following simple letter:

"C. Volney needs no recommendations from Geo. Washington."

---------------A Final Thought ...

"Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder."

- George Washington (1732-1799), U.S. general, statesman, and president