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Life of George Washington

By Irving, Washington

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Book Id: WPLBN0000581178
Format Type: PDF eBook
File Size: 48,684,025 KB.
Reproduction Date: 2007

Title: Life of George Washington  
Author: Irving, Washington
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Language: English
Subject: Fiction, Children's literature, Children's fiction
Collections: Children's Literature Collection
Historic
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Publisher: World Public Library Association

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Irving, W. (n.d.). Life of George Washington. Retrieved from http://cn.worldlibrary.net/


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Excerpt: THE present volume completes a work to which the author had long looked forward as the crowning effort of his literary career. The idea of writing a life of Washington entered at an early day into his mind. It was especially pressed upon his attention nearly thirty years ago while he was in Europe, by a proposition of the late Mr. Archibald Constable, the eminent publisher of Edinburgh, and he resolved to undertake it as soon as he should return to the United States, and be within reach of the necessary documents. Various circumstances occurred to pre vent him from carrying this resolution into prompt effect. It. remained, however, a cherished purpose of his heart, which he has at length, though somewhat tardily, accomplished. The manuscript for the present volume was nearly ready for the press some months since, but the author, by applying him self too closely in his eagerness to finish it, brought on a nervous indisposition, which unfitted him for a time for the irksome but indispensable task of revision. In this he has bee-n kindly assisted by his nephew, Pierre Munro Irving, who had previously aided him in the course of his necessary researches, and who now carefully collated the manuscript with the works, letters, and inedited documents from which the facts had been derived. He has likewise had the kindness to superintend the printing of the volume, and the correction of the proof sheets. Thus aided, the author is enabled to lay the volume before the public.


 
 



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