Cato worth remembering
John J. Miller writes about the stupendous effect of Addison's Cato in America.
As we noted in the Liberty Timeline,
Decades after the first American productions of the play, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and Patrick Henry quoted Cato in letters and speeches. George Washington, who saw the play sometime in the 1750s, can quote lines from memory, and has it performed for his army at Valley Forge in the desperate winter of 1777-78.
The virtues defended by Cato and George Washington are endurance, character, civility, constancy of mind, discipline, faith, friendship, honour, humanity, lawfulness, mildness, self control, sociability, strength of mind, striving, toil, and valour.
We like to see them honoured today.