The Writings of George Washington, Volume 8

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G.P. Putnam' Sons, 1890 - Presidents
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Page 19 - Since our arrival at this happy spot we have had a ham, sometimes a shoulder of bacon, to grace the head of the table ; a piece of roast beef adorns the foot ; and a dish of beans, or greens, almost imperceptible, decorates the centre.
Page 408 - ... should not have been, the greatest part of the war, inferior to the enemy, indebted for our safety to their inactivity, enduring frequently the mortification of seeing inviting opportunities to ruin them pass unimproved for want of a force which the country was completely able to afford, and of seeing the country ravaged, our towns burnt, the inhabitants plundered, abused, murdered, with impunity from the same cause.
Page 482 - In a word, the history of the war is a history of false hopes and temporary devices, instead of system and economy. It is in vain, however, to look back, nor is it our business to do so: Our case is not desperate, if virtue exists in the people, and there is wisdom among our rulers. But to suppose that this great Revolution can be accomplished by a temporary army, that this armyx will be subsisted by State supplies, and that taxation alone is adequate to our wants, is in my opinion absurd, and as...
Page 407 - Had we formed a permanent army in the beginning, which, by the continuance of the same men in service, had been capable of discipline, we never should have had to retreat with a handful of men across the Delaware in 1776, trembling for the fate of America, which nothing but the infatuation of the enemy could have saved...
Page 481 - Europe, humiliating to the naval pride and power of Great Britain), the superiority of France and Spain by sea in Europe, the Irish claims and English disturbances, formed in...
Page 311 - I see one head gradually changing into thirteen; I see one army branching into thirteen, and, instead of looking up to Congress, as the supreme controlling power of the United States, considering themselves as dependent on their respective states.
Page 507 - How far he meant to involve me in the catastrophe of this place, does not appear by any indubitable evidence ; and I am rather inclined to think he did not wish to hazard the more important object of his treachery, by attempting to combine two events, the lesser of which might have marr'd the greater.
Page 143 - A slender acquaintance with the world must convince every man, that actions, not words, are the true criterion of the attachment of his friends, and that the most liberal professions of good-will are very far from being the surest marks of it.
Page 67 - American army ; or, whether, after our swords and spears have given place to the ploughshare and pruninghook, I see you as a private gentleman, a friend, and companion, I shall welcome you, with all the warmth of friendship, to Columbia's shores ; and, in the latter case, to my rural cottage, where homely fare and a cordial reception shall be substituted for delicacies and costly living.

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