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Washington’s Troublemakers

Here is how Washington dealt with his troublemakers (see yesterday’s post).

He encouraged Thomas Jefferson to stay on; he dropped General Conway a little note, and a friend shot him in the mouth (Conway survived); he read Gouverneur Morris the riot act; and he sent Citizen Genet packing (though when Genet realized he would be guillotined by his countrymen, Washington allowed him to stay here, as a private citizen).

For Rev. Wright, it’s your call, though it looks like the problem is solved, until Denver anyway.

Richard Brookhiser — Historian Richard Brookhiser is a senior editor of National Review and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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