The Life of George Washington: Studied Anew

The Life of George Washington: Studied Anew

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The Life of George Washington: Studied Anew

The Life of George Washington: Studied Anew

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Many lives of Washington have been written. But I have long wished to attempt another, and when Messrs. Putnam determined to include in this series a new life of him, and were good enough to consult me with regard to it, I told them my wish, --and they have permitted me to write for the series on my plan.

The wish is simply to make Washington his own biographer,--more largely than he has been permitted to be in the standard biographies. Few men have left so large a collection of materials, exactly adapted for such biography, as he. He kept a diary almost all his life, and most of the volumes of this diary are at hand for use.

It is true that a diary is not a biography; it is something very different. Indeed, it does not reveal much of a man's character. But it does much to help us in the arrangement of other materials from which we can study character.

Besides these diaries it happens that Washington left letter-books in an almost unbroken series . . .

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