Alexander Hamilton - The Man Who Made Modern America
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August 15, 1782
Peace made, My Dear friend, a new scene opens. The object then will be to make our independence a blessing. To do this we must secure our union on solid foundations; an herculean task and to effect which mountains of prejudice must be levelled!

It requires all the virtue and all the abilities of the Country. Quit your sword my friend, put on the toga, come to Congress. We know each others sentiments, our views are the same: we have fought side by side to make America free, let us hand in hand struggle to make her happy.

Alexander Hamilton to John Laurens, August 15, 1782, on securing the union after the Revolution (John Laurens was killed in a skirmish in South Carolina on August 27, 1782, and probably never received this letter.)

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