President George Washington on the proposed size of the army 
An incident is related as having occurred while he
was in the Convention for forming the Constitution,
which was probably suggested by his experience during
the war. A member proposed to introduce a clause
into the constitution, limiting a standing army to five
thousand men. Washington observed, that he should
have no objection to such a clause, if it were so amended
as to provide, that no enemy should presume to invade
the United States with more than three thousand.


From The Museum of Foreign Literature, Science, and Art by Robert Walsh, Eliakim Littell, John Jay

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