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NEW YORK :
G. P. PUTNAM, 115 NASSAU STREET.
ENTERED, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1859, by
In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the Southern
District of New York,
JOHN F. TROW,
PRINTER, STEREOTYPER, AND ELECTROTYPER,
377 and 379 Broadway,
The present volume completes a work to which the author had long looked forward as the crowning effort of his literary career.
The idea of writing a life of Washington entered at an early day into his mind. It was especially pressed upon
his attention nearly thirty years ago while he was in Europe, by a proposition of the late Mr. Archibald Constable, the eminent publisher of Edinburgh, and he resolved to undertake it as soon as he should return to the United States, and be within reach of the necessary documents.
Various circumstances occurred to prevent him from carrying this resolution into prompt effect.
It remained, however, a cherished purpose of his heart, which he has at length, though somewhat tardily, accomplished.
The manuscript of the present volume was nearly ready for the press some months since, but the author, by applying himself too closely in his eagerness to finish it, brought on a nervous indisposition, which unfitted him for a time for the irksome but indispensable