Washington - Vol. 1

Washington - Vol. 1

Washington - Vol. 1

Washington - Vol. 1

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Each additional year of perspective sheds new light on the heroic path of our great First President, who had no exemplar to guide him toward the heights he scaled in war and in peace. He who retraces that path -- particularly if aided by descendants of those who visited George Washington in his home, sat with him in the halls of Congress, rode by his side in battle or conferred with him in cabinet meeting as he stabilized the young nation--finds many a hitherto undiscovered Kohinoor.

More than one thoughtful critic has advanced the opinion that the human side of Washington has been neglected by those who have essayed to write of him. With this criticism in mind, the author has endeavored to emphasize that more intimate phase of his character. The task has been an inspiring one. For, wherever Washington dipped his quill in an inkhorn,--whether in the Virginia wilds, when surveying for Lord Fairfax; with Braddock at Monongahela; in the College Yard at Cambridge or the redoubts at Dorchester; on the banks of Gowanus Creek; Brooklyn and Harlem Heights; on the battlefields of New Jersey and Pennsylvania; amid the hardships of Valley Forge and Morristown; at victorious Yorktown; in Virginia convention or on important committees; from the Presidential chair; or, finally, at his beloved Mount Vernon in those last months that were all too short and sped all too swiftly,--he traced veritable word-pictures that portrayed his life and personality as no historian, however gifted, has been able to do. No better proof of this can be adduced than the action of the New York Bar . . .

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