The life of George Washington: commander in chief of the American forces, during the war which established the independence of his country, and first president of the United States, Volume 1 (Google eBook)

Front Cover
J. Crissy, 1836 - Presidents
3 Reviews
  

What people are saying - Write a review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - andyray - LibraryThing

Volume II is really number one re Washington's biography. It takes him from birth through his commanding the Revolutionary armies against the British circa 1759. Read full review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - andyray - LibraryThing

Eellent historical writing of washington's promotion to general of the armies in the Revolutionary war period of 1775-1779. Read full review

Selected pages

Common terms and phrases

Popular passages

Page 24 - A prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a tyrant is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Page 28 - I call upon the honor of your lordships to reverence the dignity of your ancestors and to maintain your own. I call upon the spirit and humanity of my country to vindicate the national character.
Page 20 - When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another, and to assume, among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitle them, a decent respect for the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
Page 22 - For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies...
Page 24 - Britain: that in constituting indeed our several forms of government, we had adopted one common king, thereby laying a foundation for perpetual league and amity with them : but that submission to their parliament was no part of our constitution, nor ever in idea, if history may be credited...
Page 28 - That God and nature have put into our hands !" What ideas of God and nature that noble Lord may entertain, I know not; but I know that such detestable principles are equally abhorrent to religion and humanity. What! to attribute the sacred sanction of God and nature...
Page 21 - He has endeavoured to prevent the Population of these States for that Purpose obstructing the Laws for naturalization of Foreigners refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither and raising the Conditions of new appropriations of Lands...
Page 431 - ... provided that no treaty of commerce shall be made whereby the legislative power of the respective states shall be restrained from imposing such imposts and duties on foreigners as their own people are subjected to, or from prohibiting the exportation or importation of any species of goods or commodities whatsoever...
Page 23 - And that this assemblage of horrors might want no fact of distinguished die, he is now exciting those very people to rise in arms among us, and to purchase that liberty of which he has deprived them, by murdering the people on whom he also obtruded them: thus paying off former crimes committed against the LIBERTIES of one people with crimes which he urges them to commit against the LIVES of another...
Page 81 - DO, in the name and by the authority of the good people of these colonies, solemnly publish and declare, that these united colonies, are, and of right ought to be, free and independent states ; that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British crown, and that all political connexion between them and the state of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved...

Bibliographic information