The Life of George Washington (Google eBook)

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Sheldon and Company, 1860 - Presidents - 348 pages
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Page 44 - October last, I have not slept above three or four nights in a bed, but, after walking a good deal all the day, I have lain down before the fire upon a little hay, straw, fodder, or a bearskin, whichever was to be had, with man, wife, and children, like dogs and cats ; and happy is he, who gets the berth nearest the fire.
Page 149 - Mr. President, The great events on which my resignation depended having at length taken place, I have now the honour of offering my sincere congratulations to' congress, and of presenting myself before them, to surrender into their hands the trust committed to me, and to claim the indulgence of retiring from the service of my country.
Page 255 - Washington, and his heirs, (partly in consideration of an intimation to his deceased father, while we were bachelors, and he had kindly undertaken to superintend my estate during my military services, in the former war between Great Britain and France, that, if I should fall therein, Mount Vernon, then less extensive in domain than at present, should become his property,) I give and bequeath all that part thereof, which is comprehended within the following limits, viz.
Page 253 - And I do moreover most pointedly, and most solemnly enjoin it upon my Executors hereafter named, or the survivors of them to see that this clause respecting Slaves and every part thereof be religiously fulfilled at the Epoch at which it is directed to take place without evasion neglect or delay...
Page 163 - Union, at a time and place to be agreed on, to take into consideration the trade of the United States ; to examine the relative situation and trade of the said States; to consider how far a uniform system in their commercial regulations may be necessary to their common interest and their permanent harmony...
Page 152 - Having now finished the work assigned me, I retire from the great theatre of action, and bidding an affectionate farewell to this august body, under whose orders I have so long acted, I here offer my commission, and take my leave of all the employments of public life.
Page 245 - I feel myself going ; I thank you for your attentions ; but I pray you to take no more trouble about me. Let me go off quietly. I cannot last long.
Page 245 - Doctor, I die hard, but I am not afraid to go. I believed, from my first attack, that I should not survive it. My breath cannot last long.
Page 254 - And to my mulatto man, William, calling himself William Lee, I give immediate freedom, or, if he should prefer it, (on account of the accidents which have befallen him, and which have rendered him incapable of walking, or of any active employment,) to remain in the situation he now is, it shall be optional in him to do so; in...
Page 74 - But, by the all-powerful dispensations of Providence, I have been protected beyond all human probability, or expectation ; for I had four bullets through my coat, and two horses shot under me, yet escaped unhurt, though death was levelling my companions on every side of me...

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