Letter to Lord Mahon: being an answer to his letter addressed to the editor of Washington's writings

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Little, Brown, and Company, 1852 - 48 pages
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Page 15 - I would tell them, that we had borne much, that we had long and ardently sought for reconciliation upon honorable terms, that it had been denied us, that all our attempts after peace had proved abortive, and had been grossly misrepresented, that we had done...
Page 31 - I was very particular in my inquiries, and found, that the committee of supplies, not being sufficiently acquainted with the nature of a return, or misapprehending my request...
Page 16 - ... under greater disadvantages than the King's (I think it idle to keep up the distinction of ministerial) troops have done, being obliged in a manner, to man their own vessels; seamen not being to be had for the King's transports, and submit to all the hardships that can be conceived. One or two of them have committed what it would have been happy for mankind if more of them had done, long ago: the act of suicide.
Page 20 - The plague, trouble, and vexation I have had with the crews of all the armed vessels, are inexpressible. I do believe there is not on earth a more disorderly set. Every time they come into port, we hear of nothing but mutinous complaints.
Page 15 - ... instruments of lawless domination, avarice, and revenge, best deserve the appellation of rebels, and the punishment of that cord, which your affected clemency has forborne to inflict; whether the authority under which I act is usurped, or founded upon the genuine principles of liberty, were altogether foreign to the subject. I purposely avoided all political disquisition; nor shall I now avail myself of those advantages, which the sacred cause of...
Page 30 - In a letter to Reed he disburdened his heart more completely. " Such dearth of public spirit, and such want of virtue ; such stock-jobbing, and fertility in all the low arts to obtain advantage of one kind or another in this great change of military arrangement, I never saw before, and I pray God's mercy that I may never be witness to again.
Page 16 - By all accounts, there never existed a more miserable set of beings, than these wretched creatures now are. Taught to believe, that the power of Great Britain was superior to all opposition, and...
Page 7 - I drew from them? Had I not a right to say, that the ' cobweb schemes or gauze coverings' seemed to be of your own manufacture ? Had I not a right to intimate a suspicion, in one or two other parts of my History, whether such improvements had not extended farther; whether the same manufactory had not been busy elsewhere 1...
Page 38 - ... as derived from my own experience. Mr. Adolphus, touching upon the non-fulfilment of the Convention of Saratoga by the American Congress, and writing, be it observed, half a century nearer the time of these events, when he might be able to converse with some of the principal actors in them, states that " Washington " remonstrated with force and firmness against this
Page 17 - I believe not. I have thus reviewed all the examples adduced by you as proofs of the first motive, that of exalting, or protecting, Washington's dignity. I will make no further comment than simply to add, that I neither admit such a motive, nor recognize in your course of argument any thing, which, rightly considered, can give countenance to your conjecture. We will now proceed to the second motive, the alleged desire to conceal or disguise Washington's opinions of the New England people, and of...

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