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AN

ESSAY

ON THE

LIFE

OF

GEORGE WASHINGTON,

COMMANDER IN CHIEF

OF THE

AMERICAN ARMY,

THROUGH THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR;

AND THE

FIRST PRESIDENT

OF THE

UNITED STATES.

BY AARON BANCROFT, A. A. S.

PASTOR OF A CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH IN WORCESTER.

WORCESTER :

PRINTED BY THOMAS & STURTEVANT,

SOLD BY THOMAS AND ANDREWS, I. THOMAS AND L. THOMAS, JUN.

OCTOBER......1807,

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DISTRICT OF MASSACHUSETTS....TO WIT:

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O BE IT REMEMBERED, that on the nineteenth L. S. day of September, in the thirtysecond year of the Independence of the United States of America, AARON BANCROFT of the said District, has deposited in this Office the Title of a Book the Right whereof he claims as Author in the Words following, to wit: "An Essay on the LIFE of GEORGE WASHINGTON, Commander in Chief of the American Army, through the Revolutionary War, and the first President of the United States.

BY AARON BANCROFT, A. A. S.

PASTOR OF A CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH IN WORCESTER."

In Conformity to the Act of the Congress of the United States; intitled, "An Act for the Encouragement of Learning, by fecuring the Copies of Maps, Charts and Books, to the Authors and Proprietors of such Copies, during the Times therein mentioned;" and alfo to an Act intitled, "An Act supplementary to an Act,inted: An Act for the Encouragement of Learning, by securing the Copies of Mp3 Charts and Books, to the Author, and Proprietors of fuch Coppies during the times therein mentioned; and extending the Benes therest to the Ass of Designing, Engraving and Etching, Historical and other Prints."

WILLIAM S. SHAW,

Clerk of the District of Massachusetts.

LENOX

NEW YORK

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 history of the United States. His work is therefore necessa. rily too expersive to be obiained: by:all' elasses of American people. The writer of these memoirs apprehended, that by publishing the life 3f, 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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