Epistles Domestic, Confidential, and Official, from General Washington: Written about the Commencement of the American Contest, when He Entered on the Command of the Army of the United States. With an Interesting Series of His Letters, Particularly to the British Admirals, Arbuthnot and Digby; to General Sir Henry Clinton, Lord Cornwallis, Sir Guy Carleton, Marquis de la Fayette, &c. &c. To Benjamin Harrison, Esq., Speaker of the House of Delegates in Virginia, to Admiral the Count de Grasse, General Sullivan, Respecting an Attack of New-York; Including Many Applications and Addresses Presented to Him, with His Answers: Orders and Instructions, on Important Occasions, to His Aids de Camp, &c. &c. &c. None of which Have Been Printed in the Two Volumes Published a Few Months Ago
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Page 276 - And being now to conclude these his last public orders, to take his ultimate leave in a short time of the military character, and to bid a final adieu to the armies he has...
Page 231 - After a pursuit of seven long years, the object for which we set out is at length brought within our reach. Yes, my friends, that suffering courage of yours was active once ; it has conducted the United States of America through a doubtful and bloody war ; it has placed her in the chair of independency, and peace returns again to bless — whom?
Page 229 - Age has its claims, and rank is not without its pretensions to advise; but, though unsupported by both, he flatters himself that the plain language of sincerity and experience will neither be unheard nor unregarded. " Like many of you, he loved private life, and left it with regret. He left it, determined to retire from the field, with the necessity that called him to it, and...
Page 271 - Who, that was not a witness, could imagine that the most violent local prejudices would cease so soon; and that men, who came from the different parts of the continent, strongly disposed by the habits of education to despise and quarrel with each other, would instantly become but one patriotic band of brothers?
Page 265 - The United States in Congress assembled, ordered this statue to be erected in the year of our Lord 1783, in honor of George Washington, the illustrious commander in chief of the armies of the United States of America, during the war which vindicated and secured their liberty, sovereignty and independence.
Page 269 - ... of the past. He will then take the liberty of exploring with his military friends their future prospects, of advising the general line of conduct which, in his opinion, ought to be...
Page 269 - ... and he will conclude the address by expressing the obligations he feels himself under for the spirited and able assistance he has experienced from them, in the performance of an arduous office.
Page 276 - ... to command, he can only again offer in their behalf his recommendations to their grateful country, and his prayers to the God of armies.
Page 277 - God of armies. May ample justice be done them here, and may the choicest of Heaven's favours both here and hereafter attend those, who, under the divine auspices, have secured innumerable blessings for others. With these wishes, and this benediction, the Commander in Chief is about to retire from service, The curtain of separation will soon be drawn, and the military scene to him will be closed forever.