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AN ACCOUNT OF HIS EARLY ADVENTURES AND ENTERPRISES, HIS
MAGNANIMITY AND PATRIOTISM, HIS REVOLUTIONARY CAREER,

HIS PRESIDENTIAL LIFE, AND HIS FINAL DECEASE.

WITH

VIVID PEN-PAINTINGS OF BATTLES AND INCIDENTS,
TRIALS AND TRIUMPHS OF THE HEROES AND

SOLDIERS OF REVOLUTIONARY TIMES.

BY HON. J. T. HEADLEY,

AUTHOR OF

WASHINGTON AND HIS GENERALS," "NAPOLEON AND HIS

MARSHALS," SACRED MOUNTAINS," &C.

TOGETHER WITH AN INTERESTING ACCOUNT OF

MOUNT VERNON AS IT IS.

BY BENSON J. LOSSING.

THE WHOLE EMBELLISHED WITI NUMEROUS

STEEL AND WOOD ENGRAVINGS, AND A SPLENDID COLORED LITHOGRAPHIC

VIEW OF MOUNT VERNON AND WASHINGTON'S TOMB.

SOLD ONLY BY SUBSCRIPTION.

NEW YORK:

PUBLISHED BY G. & F. BILL:

1859.

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1858, by

G. & F. BILL

In the Clerk's office of the District Court of Massachusetts.

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PREFACE.

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In preparing this work, my design has been to popularize the Life of Washington by confining myself to events and incidents intimately connected with him and his movements, and thus make the work less voluminous than it would be if it embraced a more detailed history of concurrent events.

Recent collections of documents throwing new light on the war of the Revolution made such a work desirable. Mr. Lossing, by his researches, has exhumed a vast amount of interesting matter. All of Rufus Putnam's papers and correspondence and diary have also been put in my hands, which shed an entirely new light on some of the most interesting events of the Revolution, and movements of Washington. The reader will, therefore, find a vast number of facts in this work which have never before appeared in any Life of Washington, but which add greatly to the interest which surrounds his character. The Historical Societies of different States have also yielded me, by their valuable collections, much aid. Their efforts for the last few years to gather and preserve old documents and letters, which were fast passing away, have added greatly to the material for any work connected with the Revolution. The amount of my indebtedness to these new sources of information will be readily perceived by the reader. As to the rest, I have consulted the usual authorities on that period of our history, a list of which would be too long to give in this place

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