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E S S A Y

ON THE

LIFE

OF

GEORGE WASHINGTON,

COMMANDER IN CHIEF

OF THE

AMERICAN ARMY,

THROUGH THĘ REVOLUTIONARY WAR ;

ANITHE

FIRST PRESIDENT

OF THE

UNITED STATES.

BY AARON BANCROFT, A. A. S.
PASTOR OF A CONGRECHTIONAL CHURCH IN WORCESTER.

WORCESTER :
PRINTED BY THOMAS & STURTEVANT,
SOLD BY THOMAS AND ANDREWS, I. THOMAS AND L. THOMAS, 56x,

OCTOBER...... 1807.

NEW YORK

DISTRICT OF MASSACHUSETTS...TO WIT :

BE IT REMEMBERED, that on the nincteenth L. S. day of September, in the thiriysecond year of the Independence of

the United States of America, AARON BANCROFT of the said Dis. trict, has deposited in this Office the Tiile of a Book the Right whereof he claims as Author in the Words following, to wil : “ An Essay on the LIFE of GEORGE WASHINGTON, Commander in Chief of the American Ar. my, through the Revolutionary War, and the first President of the United States.

BY AARON BANCROFT, A. A. S.
Pastor OF A CONCRECATIONAL CHURCH IN WORCESTER.”

In Conformity to the Act of the Congress of the United States ; intitled, “ An Act fos die Eric Aragerfors of learning, by fecuring the Copies of Maps, Charts arido" Bop ks, the. Authors oid Proprietors of such Copies, during the Times therein mentioned";" adalo to an Act intitled, "An Act supplementary to all act; intaked: An Act for the Encour. agement of Learning, by securing the Copies of:Maps; Charts and Books, lo the Author, and Proprietors of, luch Coppies auring the times therein mentioned ; and extending the Benesis therepi taiko Aik of Designing, Engraving and Etching, Historical and biber Prints:::.

* WILLIAM S. SHAW, Clerk of the District of Massachusetts,

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PREFACE. THE following publication originated in the author's wish to place within reach of the great body of his country. men, 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

His work is therefore necessa. rily too expensive to be; obiained: by:all' elasses of American people. Thi wnter of these memoirs apprehended, that by publishing the life of WASHINGTON in one volume, reasonable in its price, he should 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 honou rable. The few facts, which

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