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1796 George Washington Revolutionary War Letters Congress U.s. Generals Militia For Sale
EPISTLES DOMESTIC, AND CONFIDENTIAL, AND OFFICIAL, FROM GENERAL WASHINGTON
Original 1796 Editionof “Epistles, Domestic, and Confidential, and Official, from General Washington” by George Washington :: Published by G. Robinson: New York :: Measures 5 x 8 1/4" :: Complete with 303 Pages. VERY GOOD CONDITION: A tightly bound volume, solid hinges, moderate foxing throughout, covers in great shape, complete with all pages; overall an excellent condition example for age.
Here is the original 1796 Edition of General George Washington’s letters, from the start of the Revolutionary War, to Congress and Generals involved with the War. These Epistles together with a copious Appendix, contain a number of Official Letters and Papers, not to be found in the Washington's Original two volumes Letters to Congress published just before it.
In the preface, the publishers write:
This collection of Domestic and Confidential Epistles will be regarded as a valuable acquisition, by a very great majority of the citizens of the United States,
Men not precluded by ignorance from every degree of literary curiosity will always feel a solicitude to become acquainted with whatever may serve to throw light on the characters of illustrious personages. History represents them acting on the stage of the world courting the applause of mankind; to see them in their real character, we must follow them behind the scenes, among their private connections and domestic Concerns.
Throughout, this work includes a series of interesting letters from Washington, particularly to the British Admirals, Arbuthnot and Digby, to Gen. Sir Henry Clinton, Lord Cornwallis, Sir Guy Carleton, Marquis de la Fayette, etc., To Benjamin Harrison, Esq Speaker of the House of Delegates in Virginia, to Admiral the Count de Grasse, General Sullivan, respecting an attack of New-York; including many applications and addresses presented to him with his answers; Orders and Instructions, on important occasions, to his Aids de Camp, and more.
The first seven letters contained in this work are thought to have been forgeries, and have been attributed to both John Vardill ("Poplicola") and John Randolph. They are reprinted from "Letters from General Washington, to several of his friends in the year 1776," London, 1777. Furthermore, a sheet is inserted in the front containing a letter from Washington, dated March 3, 1797, denying the authenticity of these first seven letters. The front of the book includes Frontispiece portrait of George Washington engraved by William Rollinson after the painting by Edward Savage. A very rare work that remains in great condition for age.
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