The Life of George Washington: Studied Anew

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CHAPTER XI.

HOME REVISITED.

Return to Mt. Vernon--National Government--Army Views--Institution of Society of the Cincinnati--Letters to Maj.-Gen. Greene, on this Subject--Letter to Jefferson--His Portrait Painted for Count de la Solms --Letter to Count d'Estaing--Jewel Presented by French Seamen-- Letter to Robert Morris Concerning Bushrod Washington--Journey to Western Lands--Letter to the Commandant at Pittsburg--Letter to Tench Tilghman about Greenhouse--Lafayette's Visit--Letter to Chastellux--Western Tour with Lafayette--Letter about Horse for "Little Washington."

IT was a good omen which brought Washington to Annapolis on Christmas Eve. "I entered these doors an older man by near nine years than when I left them. Since that period we have been often locked up in frost and snow, and excluded, in a manner, from all kinds of intercourse." Thus he writes to Lafayette, with whom his correspondence has always a tender and friendly tone:

"I am become a private citizen, my dear Marquis. On the banks of the Potomac, and under the shadow of my own vine and my own fig-tree, free from the bustle of a camp and the busy scenes of public life, I am solacing myself with those tranquil enjoyments which the soldier, who is ever in pursuit of fame; the statesman, whose

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Preface. iii
  • Contents v
  • List of Illustrations xi
  • Introduction. xiii
  • Chapter I - Boyhood and Education. 1
  • Chapter II - Early Manhood. 16
  • Chapter III - First Campaign. 37
  • Chapter V - War on the Frontier. 86
  • Chapter VII - Trouble with England. 137
  • Chapter VIII - Appointment as General. 160
  • Chapter IX - 1777-1778. 204
  • Chapter X - End of the War. 231
  • Chapter XI - Home Revisited. 263
  • Chapter XIII - The Constitution and Presidency. 311
  • Chapter XIV - Closing Years at Mount Vernon. 338
  • Chapter XV - Conclusion. 373
  • Index. 383
  • The Story of the Nations. *
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