George Washington at Mount Vernon on the Potomac: To Give a Clearer Idea of the Character of Washington is to Set a Higher Standard for American Patriotism

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Mount Vernon Ladies Association of the Union, 1921 - Mount Vernon (Va. : Estate) - 72 pages
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Page 57 - I have become a private citizen on the banks of the Potomac, and, under the shadow of my own vine and my own figtree, free from the bustle of a camp and the busy scenes of public life...
Page 49 - What astonishing changes a few years are capable of producing. I am told that even respectable characters speak of a monarchical form of Government without horror. From thinking proceeds speaking, thence to acting is often but a single step. But how irrevocable and tremendous! what a triumph for our enemies to verify their predictions! what a triumph for the advocates of despotism to find that we are incapable of governing ourselves, and that systems founded on the basis of equal liberty are merely...
Page 17 - It was strange, that in a savage forest of Pennsylvania, a young Virginian officer should fire a shot, and waken up a war which was to last for sixty years, which was to cover his own country and pass into Europe, to cost France her American colonies, to sever ours from us, and create the great Western republic; to rage over the Old World when extinguished in the New; and, of all the myriads engaged in the vast contest, to leave the prize of the greatest fame with him who struck the first blow!
Page 21 - America," observes he, in one of his letters, " is more pleasantly situated In a high and healthy country ; in a latitude between the extremes of heat and cold ; on one of the finest rivers in the world ; a river well stocked with various kinds of fish at all seasons of the year, and in the spring with shad, herrings, bass, carp, sturgeon, etc., in great abundance.
Page 64 - Snowing till 1 O'clock, and abt. 4 it became perfectly clear. Wind in the same place but not hard. Mer. 28 at Night.
Page 58 - Patsy, when I assure you in the most solemn manner that, so far from seeking this appointment, I have used every endeavor in my power to avoid it, not only from my unwillingness to part with you and the family, but from a consciousness of its being a trust too great for my capacity, and that I should enjoy more real happiness in one month with you at home than I have the most distant prospect of finding abroad, if my stay were to be seven times seven years.
Page 59 - I little thought, when the war was finished, that any circumstances could possibly happen, which would call the General into public life again. I had anticipated, that from that moment we should be suffered to grow old together in solitude and tranquillity. That was the first and dearest wish of my heart.
Page 37 - ... idleness ; and I have no objection to your giving my money in charity to the amount of forty or fifty pounds a year, when you think it well bestowed.
Page 51 - That our interest, however diversified in local and smaller matters, is the same in all the great and essential concerns of the Nation. — That the extent of our Country — the diversity of our climate and soil — and the various productions of the States consequent of both, are such as to make one part not only convenient, but perhaps indispensably necessary to the other part ; — and may render the whole (at no distant period) one of the most independent in the world.
Page 59 - It is owing to the kindness of our numerous friends in all quarters, that my new and unwished-for situation is not indeed a burden to me. When I was much younger, I should probably have enjoyed the innocent gayeties of life as much as most persons of my age ; but I had long since placed all the prospects of my future worldly happiness in the still enjoyments of the fireside at Mount...

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