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AN

ESSAY

ON THE

LIFE

OF

i

GEORGE WASHINGTON,

COMMANDER Z/V CHIEF

OF THE

AMERICAN ARMY,
THROUGH THE7 R#VOGt;3HONARY WAR;

. IXIt THE

FIRST PRESIDENT

OF THE

UNITED STATES.

By AARON BANCROFT, A. A. S.

PASTOR OF A COSCSSCXriOlTAL CHURCH IK ITORCKSTE/t.

WORC ESTER:

PRINTED BY THOMAS (3 STURTEVANT,

SOLD ST THOMAS A*ND ANDREWS, I. THOMAS AND l.THOJIAS, JES.

OCTOBER 1807.

DISTRICT OF MASSACHUSETTS....TM Wit:
•"-^ BE IT REMEMBERED, that on the nineteenth

I L. S.J day of September, in the thinysecond year of the Independence of

@n ,'q the United States of America, Aaron Bancroft of the said Dis

tiiet, has deposited in this Office the Tiile of a Book the Right whereof he claims as Author in the Words following, te tvit: '' An Essay on the Life of GEORGE WASHINGTON, Commander in Chief of the Aniciican Army, through the Revolutionary War, and the first President of the United States.

Br AARON BANCROFT, A. A. S.

PASTOR OF A CONGREGATIONAL Chukch IN WORCESTER."

In Conformity to the Act of the Confess of the United

States; intided, " An Act fo» rJ°eiEfi'cw&ragert)crtt i^ 'Ifajripig, by fecuring the Copies of Maps, Charts •i»d«"ftc>pk>«, t& thi".JlHfhofs;a)»<t Proprietors of such Copies, dining the Times therein m*entioiTed*;"*aMcr aKo to an Act intitlcd, " An Act supplementary toalj J\.ct^ Ui1Skd;£X Act for the Encouragement of LearniHg, by securing ih{ top!«"2*MJpSJ Charts and Books, to the Author, and Proprietors ol.iuch Corjpies'Sunng Che times therein mentioned ; and extending the Bene$Js ifjrepf, tcjtiaT^iis 06 Designing, EngravEtching, Historical andfcthtr; f rirys/i *.. • j..:

WILLIAM S. SHAW,

Clttk of the District ofMissachusctts.

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PREFACE.

THE following publication originated in the author's wish to place within reach of the great body of his countrymen, an authentick biography of General WASHINGTON. judge Marshall, in his valuable life of this illustrious patriot, has embraced not only the settlement and general history of the North American Colonies; but also the political history of the United States. . His work is therefore necessarily too experio £e obtaiñez ity all classes of American people. The writer' of these. memoirs apprehended, that by publishing thé life of WASHINGTON in one volume, reasonable in it; price, he shguld enable those of his fellow citizens, who are not in possession of Marshall, to leave to their posterity a memorial of a man, who was preeminently distinguished as a Soldier and Statesman. General WASHINGTON was from his youth devoted to his country, his character therefore cannot be pourtrayed, without bringing into view many important publick transactions. The plan of the writer has been to notice no individual or event, further than was necessary to display the principal character. He has made judge Marshall his leading authority for facts, and has in some measure followed him in the order of events. The histories of the war by Doctors Ramsay and Gordon, and several original writings have been consulted; but he trusts, that greater liberty has not been taken with any of them than is fair and honourable. The few facts, which

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