In preparing this work, my design has been to popularize the Life of Washington by confining myself to events and incidents intimately connected with him and his movements, and thus make the work less voluminous than it would be if it embraced a more detailed history of concurrent events.

Recent collections of documents throwing new light on the war of the Revolution made such a work desirable. Mr. Lossing, by his researches, has exhumed a vast amount of interesting matter. All of Rufus Putnam's papers and correspondence and diary have also been put in my hands, which shed an entirely new light on some of the most interesting events of the Revolution, and movements of Washington. Tho reader will, therefore, find a vast number of facts in this work which have never before appeared in any Life of Washington, but which add greatly to the interest which su rounds his character. The Historical Societies of different States have also yielded me, by their valuable collections, much aid. Their efforts for the last

years to gailer and preserve old documents and letters, which were fast passing away, have added greatly to the material for any work connected with the Revolution. K

The amount of my indebtedness to these new sources of 2

information will be readily perceived by the reader. As to the rest, I have consulted the usual authorities on that period of our history, a list of which would be too long to give in this place









Portrait of Washington; from an Original Painting by Stuart in the Boston Athenæum
Patnam Receiving the Intelligence of the Battle of Lexington
Portrait of Washington at the age of Forty, from an Original Painting in the possession

of George W. P. Custis
Lafayette's Last Interview with Louis Sixteenth and Marie Antoinette before his De-

parture for America . Washington at Valley Forge Mercer mortally wounded at Princeton .





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Death of Jumonville
Defeat of Braddock
Burial of Braddock
Washington's Wedding
Christening the Liberty Tree.
Planting of the Royal Flag on the Ruins of Fort Duquesne
Knox entering Camp with Artillery
Evacuation of Boston.
The Bellman informed of the Passage of the Declaration of Independence
Young Callender Fighting his Gun
Descending the Ohio
Quaker Lady Detaining the English General
Washington and Captain Forest inquiring for the Hessian Picket.
Washington at Princeton
Countrymen Joining the Army under Gates
Washington Urging the Countryman to Greater Speed
Night Attack at Paoli
Washington endeavoring to Rally the Fugitives

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Abandoning the Vessels at Gloucester
Chairing Colonel Wood as Proxy for Washington
Washington and Lee at Monmouth
Washington Dragging the Poacher Ashore
Moll Pitcher at Monmouth
Scene at Stockbridge, on receiving News of the Battle of Lexington
Tearing Down the Statue of George III.
Washington Taking Leave of the Army
Duche's Prayer in Congress
Washington at the Death-bed of young Custis
Washington Taking Leave of his Mother
Washington as a Farmer

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