The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources, 1745-1799

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U.S. Government Printing Office, 1932 - Presidents
 

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Contents

To the President of Congress May 21 65
21
General Orders June
23
General Orders June
24
General Orders May 27 84
27
to TiconderogaRemoval of prisonersDefeat at The CedarsPris
29
General Orders May 31 90
31
To Major General Artemas Ward May 28 Capture of prizesPowderCarbines 85
67
General Orders May 28
80
General Orders May 29
89
May 4
91
York
97
To the New York Legislature June 7
103
To Benjamin Harrison John Adams and William
109
To Joseph Trumbull June 9
119
General Orders June II
125
13
127
To Brigadier General John Sullivan June 13
132
fort provided
139
General Sullivans letter
147
To the President of Congress June 17
153
General Orders June 29 196
159
To Martha Washington June 24
175
To Lieutenant Colonel Benjamin Tupper June 25
179
To Major General Philip Schuyler June 27
185
To Brigadier General William Livingston June 29 Arrival of British Fleet
198
To the Committee of Essex County N J June 30 Conduct of Governor Franklins guard
203
To Major General Artemas Ward July 1 Success of armed vesselsNeed of arms
209
To the President of Congress July 4 Maryland rifle companies
216
To the President of Congress July 4 Page
218
General Orders July 5
224
General Orders July 7
230
General Orders July 8
236
To Governor Nicholas Cooke July 9 Page
239
General Orders July 10
246
To Major General Artemas Ward July II
255
To the Massachusetts Legislature July 11 Employment of Eastern Indians
261
Command in the Highlands
265
To Major General Philip Schuyler August 24
289
To the New York Legislature July 19
308

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Page 211 - THE time is now near at hand which must probably determine whether Americans are to be freemen or slaves ; whether they are to have any property they can call their own; whether their houses and farms are to be pillaged and destroyed, and themselves consigned to a state of wretchedness, from which no human efforts will deliver them. The fate of unborn millions will now depend, under God, on the courage and conduct of this army.
Page 367 - The general is sorry to be informed, that the foolish and wicked practice of profane cursing and swearing, a vice heretofore little known in an American army, is growing into fashion. He hopes the officers will, by example as well as influence, endeavor to check it, and that both they and the men will reflect, that we can have little hope of the blessing of Heaven on our arms, if we insult it by our impiety and folly.
Page 245 - To see that all inferior officers and soldiers pay them a suitable respect and attend carefully upon religious exercises. The blessing and protection of Heaven are at all times necessary but especially so in times of public distress and danger...
Page 92 - ... influence upon their judgment, with respect to their preparations for defence, it is but too obvious, that it has an operation upon every part of their conduct, and is a clog to their proceedings. It is not in the nature of things to be otherwise ; for no man, that entertains a hope of seeing this dispute speedily and equitably adjusted by commissioners, will go to the same expense and run the same hazards to prepare for the worst event, as he who believes that he must conquer, or submit to unconditional...
Page 247 - Providence, will be most likely to promote our happiness. I trust the late decisive part they have taken, is calculated for that end, and will secure us that freedom, and those privileges, which have been, and are, refused us, contrary to the voice of nature, and the British Constitution.
Page 322 - ... that he should absolutely decline any letter directed to him, as a private person, when it related to his public station.
Page 444 - When I consider that the city of New York will, in all human probability, very soon be the scene of a bloody conflict, I cannot but view the great numbers of women, children, and infirm persons remaining in it, with the most melancholy concern. When the men-of-war (the Phoenix...
Page 362 - The General most earnestly entreats the officers and soldiers to consider the consequences; that they can no way assist our enemies more effectually than by making divisions among ourselves; that the honor and success of the army, and the safety of our bleeding country, depend upon harmony and good agreement with each other; that the provinces are all united to oppose the common enemy, and all distinctions sunk in the name of an American.
Page 479 - Remember, officers and soldiers, that you are freemen, fighting for the blessings of liberty ; that slavery will be your portion, and that of your posterity, if you do not acquit yourselves like men. Remember how your courage and spirit have been despised and traduced by your cruel invaders ; though they have found by dear experience at Boston...
Page 92 - To form a new government requires infinite care and unbounded attention; for if the foundation is badly laid, the superstructure must be bad. Too much time, therefore, cannot be bestowed in weighing and digesting matters well.

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