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Life is not lost, from which is brought
Endless renown. SPENCER.

. . . Virtue, on no aid extraneous bent,

Is to herself, her own bright ornament.

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The History of Mrs. Washington associated with that of her son George
—His early efforts at Self-Maintenance—His initiatory Military Ad-
ventures a source of Anxiety to his Mother—The Deaths of Mrs.
Washington’s two eldest sons—LETTER addressed by Col. Washing-
ton to his Mother, after the Battle of the Monongahela—His Illness
—Appointment to the Chief Command of the Virginia Troops—
LETTER to Mrs. Washington upon this subject—Her clear-sighted
discernment of the practical Objections to this Post—No Minute
Details respecting this portion of Mrs. Washington's Life . d . 27

Mrs. Washington's Children desire her to reside with them—She pre-
fers a separate Establishment—The affectionate Devotion of her
Children and Friends—Continues her habits of diligent Exertion
and Industry–Declines the Assistance of her Son-in-Law it, the
Management of her Affairs—Receives a visit from the Mao quis de
La Fayette—Mrs. Washington's celebrated Remark respecting her
Son George—The dignified nature of her Sentiments in relation to
him—The Influence she always maintained over his Mind–Wash-
ington's unalterable Reverence for his Mother—His implicit Obe-
dience to her—Mrs. Washington’s Devotional Habits—Her single
mental Infirmity—Personal Appearance of Mrs. Washington . . . 55

Place of Mrs. Washington's Interment—Monument to her Memory-
Laying of the Corner-Stone by the President of the United States-
Extracts from his Eulogy—Lines written for this occasion, by Mrs.
Sigourney—Description of the Monument . o 49 o o , 73

Appendix to Mary Washington . . . . . . . , 85

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