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THE

LIFE

OF

GEORGE WASHINGTON,

FIRST PRESIDENT,

AND

COMMANDER IN CHIEF

OF THE

ARMIES

OF THE

United States of America ;

INTERSPERSED WITH
BIOGRAPHICAL ANECDOTES

OF THE

AIOST EMINENT MEN WHO EFFECTED

THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION.

BY JOHN CORRY.

T!r applause of list'ning senates to command,
The threats of pain and ruin to despise;
To scatter plenty o'er a smiling land,
And read his hist'ry in a nation's eyes!

GRAY.

VEW-YORK:
PRINTED AND PUBLISHED BY M'CARTY & WHITE,

NO. 36, CEDAL STREET

NEW YORK

Åstor, Lenox. fuppen

Foundatio, &

1900

THE following biography is a simple narrative of facts. The virtues of Washington require no adventitious embellishment ; like the sun, they are visible by their own lurtre. Yet, if on some occasions, the author has been led by enthusiasm to panegyric, those effusions of a heart enamoured of virtue were involuntary, for he is convinced that the achievements of his hero are

" Above all Greek, above all Roman fame." The virtues and errors of the American hero, are pourtrayed by the pencil of truth ; and it has been the author's study to give an impartial history of this eminent character, such as in point of veracity will endure the strictest investigation of the reader.

This work is diversified with several anecdotes of men who were eminent for their ta. lents and virtues. Among those, the principal hero will be found magnanimous in the most discouraging circumstances, and unassuming in the moment of victory and exaltation. He will be found during an arduous contest, to have behaved with the valour of the warrior and the equanimity of the philosopher.

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