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Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1855,
By G. P. PUTNAM & CO., in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the Southern
District of New York.
The following work has long been announced as forthcoming, to the great annoyance of the author. It was, indeed, commenced several years since, but the prosecution of it has been repeatedly interrupted by other occupations, by a long absence in Europe, and by occasional derangement of health. It is only within the last two or three years that I have been able to apply myself to it steadily. This is stated to account for the delay in its publication.
The present volume treats of the earlier part of Washington's life previous to the war of the Revolution, giving his expeditions into the wilderness, his campaigns on the frontier in the old French war, and the other “experiences,” by which his character was formed, and he was gradually trained up and prepared for his great destiny.