Libels on Washington

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On Washington's alleged loss of temper and profanity at the battle of Monmouth and on receiving the news of St. Clair's defeat.
 

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Page 5 - 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 9 - I said, from the Secretary of War; I had a strict eye to them, and will add but one word — beware of a surprise ! I repeat it — beware of a surprise ! You know how the Indians fight us.
Page 9 - He went off with that as my last solemn warning thrown into his ears. And yet to suffer that army to be cut to pieces, hacked, butchered, tomahawked, by a surprise, — the very thing I guarded him against ! O God ! O God ! he's worse than a murderer! How can he answer it to his country? The blood of the slain is upon him, — the curse of the widows and orphans, — the curse of heaven!
Page 5 - ... reflect, that we can have but little hope of the blessing of Heaven on our arms, if we insult it by our impiety and folly ; added to this, it is a vice so mean and low, without any temptation, that every man of sense and character detests and despises it.
Page 2 - Wherever the bright sun of heaven shall shine, His honour and the greatness of his name Shall be, and make new nations : He shall flourish, And, like a mountain cedar, reach his branches To all the plains about him : Our children's children, Shall see this, and bless heaven.
Page 3 - General guilty of the several charges brought against him, and sentenced him to be suspended from any commission in the armies of the United States of North America, for the term of twelve months.
Page 10 - This must not go beyond this room." Another pause followed, a longer one, when he said, in a tone quite low, " General St. Clair shall have justice ; I looked hastily through the despatches, saw the whole disaster, but not all the particulars. I will receive him without displeasure; I will hear him without prejudice; he shall have full justice.
Page 10 - This torrent came out in tone appalling. His very frame shook. 'It was awful !' said Mr. Lear. More than once he threw his hands up as he hurled imprecations upon St. Clair.
Page 3 - ... generations of American citizens, loaded with the heavy burden of unfavorable hereditary conditions, adds still further to the gravity of the problems involved. The question next arises as to how many of these children are dependent as the result of parental delinquency. I examined this subject with care in a paper which I had the honor to read before the First New York State Conference of Charities and Corrections, held in Albany during November, 1900, which paper appears in the report of the...
Page 8 - I am dealing with, having occurred under his own roof, whilst it marks public feeling the most intense and points to the moral of his life. I give it in Colonel Lear's words as nearly as I can, having made a note of them at the time. "Toward the close of a winter's day in 1791, an officer in uniform was seen to dismount in front of the President's in Philadelphia, and, giving the bridle to his servant, knock at the door of his mansion.

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