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Like many of his fellow colonists, George Washington was welcomed into the Anglican Church, as an infant, at the time of his christening. He would remain a member of that denomination for his entire life. (Courtesy of the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association) centuries for religious instruction to take place within the home, rather than at the church. ”27 Given the dearth of substantial information about George Washington’s childhood, including his religious training, myth has tended to substitute for hard evidence.

It was not only works by Anglican churchmen that might have helped to shape Washington’s religious development. As a schoolboy, sometime before his sixteenth birthday, Washington copied out a list of 110 “Rules of Civility & Decent Behaviour in Company and Conversation,” as both a penmanship exercise and moral instruction. Based on a seventeenthcentury English etiquette book, which in turn had been translated from a late sixteenth-century French Jesuit text on behavior, four of those rules, which influenced Washington throughout his life, dealt with God, religion, and the clergy.

64 Washington’s statement that the way to the West had been made easy refers back to John the Baptist’s message: “Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. ”65 Three years later, Washington paraphrased scripture as he wrote to another correspondent in France about his hopes for peace in the future. 67 Probably the best-known example of a Biblical phrase used by Washington over and over again was that of the vine and fig tree. ” That particular phrase was used in at least two places in the Old Testament.

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