The Life of George Mason, 1725-1792

The Life of George Mason, 1725-1792

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The Life of George Mason, 1725-1792

The Life of George Mason, 1725-1792

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It had long been a cherished purpose among George Mason's descendants to write the memoirs of their illustrious ancestor, and in several instances collections of papers were made with this object in view. The Hon. James Murray Mason from the family manuscripts preserved by his father, Gen. John Mason, prepared a sketch of his grandfather which was never completed. Another grandson of George Mason, as far back as 1827, contemplated writing his biography, but never carried out the design. This gentleman's son, the late George Mason, of Alexandria, in a fire which consumed his dwelling-house some years ago, lost many of his father's papers. Those which remained, mostly transcripts from the original documents, were kindly given by him to the present writer, who also received copies of the letters and papers owned by Miss Virginia Mason, daughter of the Hon. James Murray Mason, and copies of the manuscripts owned by Mrs. St. George Tucker Campbell, granddaughter of Thomson Mason of "Hollin Hall." A copy of the manuscript reminiscences of Gen. John Mason was obtained from his daughter, the late Mrs. Gen. Samuel Cooper of Fairfax County, Virginia. From her own immediate family, and from other branches of the same stock, the descendants of George Mason's brother, Thomson Mason of "Raspberry Plain," additional material has been procured by the author, such as the Thomson wills; the sketch of the family by the late Judge John Thomson Mason of Maryland; and a . . .

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