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book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not
illustrated. 1916 edition. Excerpt: ...outside of his own country.
Unfortunately, Lawrence's health was not permanently improved, and,
returning to Virginia, he died there the following summer. His
Mount Vernon estate was left to his only daughter, but she outlived
her father only two years, the property then passing to George. It
was in this way that Washington became the owner of the home he so
dearly loved, and which is to-day the shrine of all patriotic
Americans. After the stirring events of Braddock's campaign against
the French and Indians, and his defeat at Fort Duquesne in 1755,
Colonel Washington, now twenty-four years old and the commander of
the Virginia militia, was given permission by Governor Dinwiddie to
journey to Boston, in order to settle a question of rank with
Governor Shirley of Massachusetts. Washington, in gold-laced hat
and cloak, with the family crest on his saddle-cloth, set out with
Captain Stewart, of the Virginia Light Horse, Captain Hugh Mercer,
who some years later fell at the battle of Princeton, and two
servants, in the Washington livery of white-and-scarlet. They made
a gay cavalcade, galloping along the roads leading from "the Old
Dominion" to New England's thriving capital. Two days after leaving
Alexandria, they reached Philadelphia, where they remained a week,
enjoying the official and social attentions that made the "City of
Brotherly Love" the most attractive in the colonies. New York, then
about half the size of Philadelphia, was next visited. A
stage-coach line had been established between the two cities only
the year before, and the journey then took as many days as it takes
hours in our time. The New York of that day was a quaint little
town, with many of the old Dutch houses still standing, but even
then it had...
|Country of origin:
Mary Mapes Dodge
||246 x 189 x 15mm (L x W x T)
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