The Writings of George Washington, Volume 4

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G.P. Putnam' Sons, 1889 - Presidents

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Page 28 - They were, indeed, at first a band of undisciplined husbandmen ; but it is, under God, to their bravery and attention to duty that I am indebted for that success which has procured me the only reward I wish to receive, the affection and esteem of my countrymen.
Page 245 - House be changed from that of the 'Provincial Congress of the Colony of New York,' to that of ' The Convention of the Representatives of the State of New York,' " and thus on the 10th day of July, 1776, the State of New York was born.
Page 444 - Again, men accustomed to unbounded freedom, and no control, cannot brook the restraint which is indispensably necessary to the good order and government of an army ; without which, licentiousness and every kind of disorder triumphantly reign.
Page 202 - 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 379 - ... and government have produced a like conduct but too common to the whole, and an entire disregard of that order and subordination necessary to the...
Page 226 - The general hopes," said he in his orders, " that this important event will serve as a fresh incentive to every officer and soldier, to act with fidelity and courage, as knowing that now the peace and safety of his country depend, under God, solely on the success of our arms ; and that he is now in the service of a State, possessed of sufficient power to reward his merit, and advance him to the highest honors of a free country.
Page 317 - 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...
Page 397 - That the enemy mean to winter in New York, there can be no doubt; that, with such an armament, they can drive us out, is equally clear. The Congress having resolved, that it should not be destroyed, nothing seems to remain, but to determine the time of their taking possession.
Page 380 - ... and new enlistments, which, when effected, are not attended with any good consequences. Men, who have been free and subject to no control, cannot be reduced to order in an instant ; and the privileges and exemptions, which they claim and will have, influence the conduct of others ; and the aid derived from them is nearly counterbalanced by the disorder, irregularity, and confusion they occasion.
Page 207 - Washington be referred to the Committee on the Northern Department. August 5" The Committee on the Northern Department to whom General Washington's Letter was referred brought in a Report which was taken into Consideration Whereupon Resolved That the...

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