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of General Washington in New
Jersey and Pennsylvania, in the campaign of 1777. The battles of
Brandywine and Germantown. Washington is advised by the Rev.
Jacob Duche to give up the contest. The distresses of the American
army. Its winter-quarters at Valley Forge. "General Washington is
assailed by the clamours of discontented individuals and public bodies,
and by the designs of a faction to supersede him in his office as com-
Campaign of 1778.-General Washington prepares for the campaign
of 1778. Surprises the British, and defeats them at Monmouth. Ar-
rests general Lee. Calms the irritation excited by the departure of
the French fleet from Rhode Island to Boston. Dissuades from an
invasion of Canada,
of state, denying the authenticity of letters said to be from him to j
George Washington's birth, family, and education.
His mission to the French commandant on the Ohio, in 1753.--His military operations as an officer of Virginia, from 1754 to 1758, and his subsequent employments, to the commencement of the American Revolution.
The ancestors of George Washington were amongst the first settlers of the oldest British colony in America. He was the third in descent from John Washington, an English gentleman, who, about the middle of the seventeenth century, emigrated from the north of England, and settled in Westmoreland county, Virginia. In the place which he had selected for his residence, his great-grandson, the subject of the following history, was born on the 22d February, (11th 0. S.) 1732. His immediate ancestor was Augustine Washington, who died when his son George was only ten years old.— The education of the young orphan, of course devolving upon his mother, she added one to the many, examples of virtuous matrons, who, devoting themselves to the care of their children, have trained them up to be distinguished citizens. In one instance, her fears, combining with her affection, prevented a measure, which, if persevered in, would have given a direction to the talents and views of her son, very different from that which laid the foundation of his fame.-George Washington, when only fifteen years old, solicited and obtained an appointment as midshipman in te English navy; but his ardent zeal to serve Great Britain,