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Letter to the Editor
Wednesday, September 28, 2011 • Posted September 28, 2011

Since I have done most all of the research on George Washington, it’s appropriate that I respond to Helen Liston’s so-called “well-attested fact by his contemporaries that George Washington never took communion.” Whenever anyone writing about the Founding fathers can be as grossly in error about this singular matter, one cannot help but seriously question all other such observations and sources of information. To have claimed as “fact” that George Washington never took communion, literally flies in the face of hard evidence: The Writings of George Washington, were published in the 1830s by Jared Sparks, a noted writer and historian, a professor of history and later president of Harvard who produced numerous volumes of American biographies. In Volume XII of these writings Jared Sparks delved into the religious character of George Washington and cites a letter from George Washington’s granddaughter who lived with him, who states that “he always received the sacraments with my grandmother.” Until the Revolutionary War called him away for extended periods of time, George Washington’s granddaughter describes this as a special time in her life.

Source: 1st volume of the 10 volume set of George Washington’s life.

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