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p. 170

CHAPTER XII.

General Washington attends to the foreign relations of

the United States. Negociates with Spain. Difficul-

ties in the way. The free navigation of the Missis-

sippi is granted by a treaty made with Major Pinkney.

Negociation with Britain. Difficulties in the way.

War probable. Mr. Jay's mission. His treaty with

Great Britain. Opposition thereto. Is ratified.

Washington refuses papers to the House of Represen-

tatives. British posts in the United States evacuted.

Negociations with France. Genet's arrival. Assumes

illegal powers, in violation of the neutrality of the

United States. Is flattered by the people, but op-

posed by the executive. Is recalled. Gen. Pinkney

sent as public minister to adjust disputes with France.

Is not received. Washington declines a re-election,

and addresses the people. His last address to the na-

tional legislature. Recommends a navy, a military

academy, and other public institutions, -

p. 185

Washington rejoices at the prospect of retiring. Writes

to the Secretary of State, denying the authenticity of

letters said to be from him to J. P. ustis and Lund

Washington, in 1776. Pays respect to his successor,

Mr. John Adams. Review of Washington's adminis-

tration. He retires to Mount Vernon. Resumes agri-

cultural pursuits. Hears with regret the aggressions

of the French republic. Corresponds on the subject

of his taking the command of an army to oppose the

French. Is appointed Lieutenant General. His com-

mission is sent to him by the Secretary of War. His

letter to president Adams on the receipt thereof. Di-

rects the organization of the proposed army. Three

Envoys Extraordinary sent to France, who adjust all

disputes with Bonaparte, after the overthrow of the

Directory. Gen. Washington dies. Is hononred by

Congress, and by the citizens. His character, p. 221

CHAPTER XIII.

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