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use of “ Washington's Writings," as published by Mr. Sparks; a careful collation of many of which with the originals having convinced me of the general correctness of the collection, and of the safety with which it may be relied upon for historical purposes; and I am happy to bear this testimony to the essential accuracy of one whom I consider among the greatest benefactors to our national literature; and to whose writings and researches I acknowledge myself largely indebted throughout my work.

W. I

Sunnyside, 1855.

CONTENTS OF VOLUME I.

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CHAPTER XIV.

Return to quiet Life French and English prepare for Hostilities,

Plan of a Campaign-General Braddock-His Character Sir

John St. Clair, Quartermaster-General His Tour of Inspection-

Projected Roads-Arrival of Braddock -Military Consultations

and Plans-Commodore Keppel and his Seamen-Ships and

Troops at Alexandria—Excitement of Washington—Invited to

join the Staff of Braddock-A Mother's Objections—Washington

at Alexandria-Grand Council of Governors—Military Arrange-

ments-Colonel William Johnson-Sir John St. Clair at Fort

Cumberland–His Explosions of Wrath-Their Effects-Indians

to be Enlisted-Captain Jack and his Band of Bush-Beaters 105

CHAPTER XV.

Washington proclaimed Aide-de-Camp-Disappointments at Frede-

ricktown—Benjamin Franklin and Braddock-Contracts Depar-

ture for Wills' Creek-Rough Roads--The General in his Chariot

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