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Soon after becoming Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army, George Washington wrote: "When we assumed the Soldier, we did not lay aside the Citizen; and we shall most sincerely rejoice with you in the happy hour when the establishment of American Liberty, upon the most firm and solid foundations shall enable us to return to our Private Stations in the bosom of a free, peaceful and happy Country." What does it mean to be a good citizen of a free republic? What is the proper relationship between our private stations and public responsibilities? (George Washington, Address to the New York Legislature, June 26, 1775).