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The Home of Washington's boyhood–His Early Education-Lawrence Washington
and his Campaign in the West Indies-Death of Washington's Father-The
widowed Mother and her Children-School Exercises...
Paternal Conduct of an Elder Brother—The Fairfax Family-Washington's Code of
Morals and Manners-Soldiers' Tales—Their Influence-Washington prepares for
the Navy- A Mother's Objections—Return to School-Studies and Exercises-A
School-boy Passion-The Lowland Beauty-Love Ditties at Mount Vernon-Visit
to Belvoir-Lord Fairfax-His Character-Fox-hunting & Remedy for Love-
Proposition for a Surveying Expedition..
Expedition beyond the Blue Ridge-The Valley of the Shenandoah-Lord Hallfas-
Lodge in the Wilderness-Surveying-Life in the Backwoods-Indians-War
Dance-German Settlers-Return Home Washington as Public Surveyor-Sojourn
at Greenway Court-Horses, Hounds, and Books Rugged Experienco among the
English and French Claims to the Ohio Valley-Wild State of the Country-Projects of
Settlements-The Ohio Company-Enlightened views of Lawrence Washington-
French Rivalry-Celeron de Bienville-Flis Signs of Occupation-Hugh Crawford
-George Croghan, a veteran Trader, and Montour, his Interpreter-Their Mission
from Pennsylvania to the Ohio Tribes—Christopher Gist, the Pioneer of the Yad-
kin-Agent of the Ohio Company–His Expedition to the Frontier-Reprobate
Traders at Logstown-Negotiations with the Indians-Scenes in the Ohio Country
-Diplomacy at Piqua—Kegs of Brandy and Rolls of Tobacco-Gist's return across
Kentucky-A Deserted Home-French Scheme-Captain Joncaire, a Diplomat of
the Wilderness—llis Speech at Logstown-The Indians' Land –“Where?”.
Preparations for Hostilities—Washington appointed District Adjutant-general-Mount
Vernon a School of Arms-Adjutant Muse a veteran Campaigner-Jacob Van
Braain a Master of Fence--Ill health of Washington's brother Lawrence-Voyage
with him to the West Indies-Scenes at Barbadoes—Tropical Fruits-Beef-steak
and Tripe Club-Return home of Washington-Death of Lawrence. .......
Council of the Ohio Tribes at Logstown—Treaty with the English-Gist's Settlement-
Speeches of the Half-king and the French Commandant-French Aggressions-
The Ruins of Piqua—Washington sent on a Mission to the French Commander-
Jacob Van Braam, his Interpreter-Christopher Gist, his Guide-Halt at the con-
fluence of the Monongahela and Allegany–Projected Fort-Shingiss, a Delaware
Sacbem-Logstown—The Half-king-Indian Councils-Indian Diplomacy-Ru-
mors concerning Joncaire-Indian Escorts—The Half-king, Jeskakake, and White
Arrival at Venango-Captain Joncaire-Frontier Revelry-Discussions over the Bottle
– The old Diplomatist and the young-The Half-king, Jeskakake, and White Thun-
der staggered— The Speech-belt-Departure-La Force, the wily Commissary-
Fort at French Creek-The Chevalier Legardeur de St. Pierre, Knight of St. Louis
- Captain Reparti-Transactions at the Fort-Attempts to seduce the Sachems-
Mischief brewing on the Frontier-Difficulties and Delays in Parting-Descent of
French Creek-Arrival at Venango..
Return from Venango-A Tramp on Foot_Murdering Town—The Indian Gaide-
Treachery-An Anxious Night-Perils on the Allegany River-Queen Aliquippa-
The old Watch-coat-Return across the Blue Ridge....
Reply of the Chevalier de St. Pierre-Trent's Mission to the Frontier-Washington TA
craits Troops—Dinwiddie and the House of Burgesses-Independent Conduct of
the Virginians-Expedients to gain Recruits-Jacob Van Braam in Service-Toil-
ful march to Wills' Creek-Contrecøur at the Fork of the Ohio-Trent's refractory
March to the Little Meadows-Ruinors from the Ohio-Correspondence from the banks
of the Youghiogeny-Attempt to descend that River-Alarming Reports-Scouting
Parties-Perilous situation of the Camp-Gist and La Force-Message from the
Half-king-French Tracks—The Jumonville Skirmish-Treatment of La Force-
Position at the Great Meadows—Belligerent Feelings of a young Soldier.......... 101
Scarcity in the Camp-Death of Colonel Fry-Promotions-Mackay and his Inde-
pendent Company-Major Muse-Indian Ceremonials—Public Prayers in Camp-
Alarms—Independence of an Independent Company-Affairs at the Great Meadows
-Desertion of the Indian Allies-Capitulation of Fort Necessity-Van Braam as
an Interpreter-Indian Planderers-Return to Williamsburg-Vote of Thanks of
the House of Burgesses-Subsequent Fortunes of the Half-king-Comments on the
Affair of Jumonville and the Conduct of Van Braam....
Founding of Fort Cumberland-Secret Letter of Stobo-The Indian Messenger-Project
of Dinwiddie--His Perplexities—A Taint of Republicanism in the Colonial Assem-
blies—Dinwiddie's Military Measures—Washington quits the Service-Overtures of
Governor Sharpe, of Maryland-Washington's dignified Reply-Questions of Rank
between Royal and Provincial Troops—Treatment of the French Prisoners-Fate
of La Force-Anecdotes of Stobo and Van Braam....
Return to quiet Life-French and English prepare for Hostilities-Plan of a Campaign
-General Braddock—His Character-Sir John St. Clair Quartermaster-general-
His Tour of Inspection-Projected Roads-Arrival of Braddock-Military Consul-
tations and Plans-Commodore Keppel and his Seamen-Ships and Troops at
Alexandria-Excitement of Washington-Invited to join the Staff of Braddock-A
Mother's Objections—Washington at Alexandria-Grand Council of Governors-
Military Arrangements Colonel William Johnson-Sir John St. Clair at Fort
Cumberland-His Explosions of Wrath-Their Effects—Indians to be enlisted-
Captain Jack and his Band of Bush-beaters..
Washington proclaimed Aide-de-camp-Disappointments at Fredericktown-Benjamin
Franklin and Braddock-Contracts-Departure for Wills' Creek-Rough Roads—
The General in his Chariot-Camp at Fort Cumberland-Hugh Mercer-Dr. Craik
-Military Tactics—Camp Rules-Secretary Peters-Indians in Camp-Indian
Beauties—The Princess Bright Lightning-Errand to Williamsburg-Braddock's
Opinion of Contractors and Indians-Arrival of Conveyances..
March from Fort Cumberlsnd–The Great Savage Mountain-Camp at the Little Mea-
dows-Division of the Forces-Captain Jack and bis Band-Scarooyadi in Danger
- Illness of Washington--His Halt at the Youghiogeny-March of Braddock—The
Great Meadows-Lurking Enemies—Their Tracks-Precautions~Thicketty Run
-Scouts-Indian Murders-Funeral of an Indian Warrior-Camp on the Mononga-
hela-Washington's Arrival there—March for Fort Duquesne-The fording of the
Monongahela—The Battle-The Retreat-Death of Braddock...
Arrival at Fort Cumberland-Letters of Washington to his Family-Panic of Dunbar
-Triumph of the French...
Costs of Campaigning-Measures for Public Safety, Washington in Command-- Head-
quarters at Winchester-Lord Fairfax and his Troop of Horse—Indian Ravages-
Panic at Winchester-Cause of the Alarm-Operations elsewhere--Shirley against
Niggara—Johnson against Crown Point-Affair at Lake George-Death of Dieskau, 190
Roform in the Militia Laws—Discipline of the Troops-Dagworthy and the Question of
Precedence-Washington's Journey to Boston-Style of Travelling-Conference
with Shirley—The Earl of Loudoun-Military Rule for the Colonies—Washington
at New York-Miss Mary Philipse .
Troubles in the Shenandoah Valley-Greenway Court and Lord Fairfax in Danger-
Alarms at Winchester-Washington appealed to for Protection-Attacked by the
Virginia Press-Honored by the Public-Projects for Defence-Suggestions of
Washington—The Gentlemen Associators—Retreat of the Savages-Expedition
against Kittanning-Captain Hugh Mercer–His Struggle through the Wilder-
Founding of Fort Loudoun—Washington's Tour of Inspection-Inefficiency of the
Militia System-Gentlemen Soldiers-Cross-purposes with Dinwiddie-Military
Affairs in the North-Delays of Lord Loudoun-Activity of Montcalın-Loudoun
in Winter Quarters...