George Washington: An Historical Biography

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Houghton, Mifflin, 1889 - 253 pages
 

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Page 145 - was apprehensive I could not avoid this appointment, as I did not pretend to intimate when I should return. That was the case. It was utterly out of my power to refuse this appointment, without exposing my character to such censures as would have reflected dishonor upon myself and given pain to my friends.
Page 134 - If you speak of eloquence, Mr. Rutledge of South Carolina is by far the greatest orator; but if you speak of solid information and sound judgment, Colonel Washington is unquestionably the greatest man on the floor.
Page 207 - If my conduct heretofore has not evinced to you that I have been a faithful friend to the army, my declaration of it at this time would be equally unavailing and improper. But, as I was among the first who embarked in the cause of our common country ; as I have never left your side one moment,
Page 213 - My manner of living is plain," he wrote to a friend, " and I do not mean to be put out of it. A glass of wine and a bit of mutton are always ready, and such as will be content to partake of them are always welcome. Those who expect more will be disappointed.
Page 152 - It is not in the pages of history, perhaps," writes Washington to the president of Congress, on the 4th of January, " to furnish a case like ours. To maintain a post within musket-shot of the enemy for six months together without and at the same time to disband one army and recruit another, within that distance of
Page 199 - Let the hospitality of the house, with respect to the poor, be kept up. Let no one go away hungry. If any of this kind of people should be in want of corn, supply their necessities, provided it does not encourage them in idleness.
Page 102 - while the murder of helpless families may be laid to my account here. The supplicating tears of the women and the moving petitions of the men melt me into such deadly sorrow, that I solemnly declare, if I know my own mind, I could offer myself a willing sacrifice to the butchering enemy
Page 89 - was excessively ill at the time. " But this prospect was soon clouded, and my hopes brought very low indeed, when I found that, instead of pushing on with vigor, without regarding a little rough road, they were halting to level every molehill, and to erect bridges over every brook, by which means we were four days in getting twelve miles.
Page 201 - is to be performed to-morrow in the several brigades and divisions. The commander-in-chief earnestly recommends that the troops not on duty should universally attend, with that seriousness of deportment and gratitude of heart which the recognition of such reiterated and astonishing interpositions of Providence demand of us.
Page 181 - ' In a letter from General Conway to General Gates he says : Heaven has determined to save your country, or a weak general and bad counselors would have ruined it.' " I am, Sir, your humble servant, "GEORGE WASHINGTON.

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