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All seven recognized that independence was but the first step toward building a nation.
`` We have now a national character to establish '', Washington wrote in 1783.
`` Think continentally '', Hamilton counseled the young nation.
This new force, love of country, super-imposed upon -- if not displacing -- affectionate ties to one's own state, was epitomized by Washington.
His first inaugural address speaks of `` my country whose voice I can never hear but with veneration and love ''.

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