Watercolor, black chalk, and graphite on off-white laid paper; 10 3/8 x 6 1/2 in. (26.4 x 16.5 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of New York, New York, NY.
John Quincy Adams, 1824
During the war ... Washington thought his way to federalism, long before a Federalist Party existed. He believed in a strong central government, supreme over the states; a strong financial system on the British model, with taxes to fund its debt; a flourishing commerce to create prosperity (and to train seamen for a powerful navy, which would in turn protect shipping); and a strong military. And most officers came out of the experience of the Revolution with the same views.