Letter to Lord Mahon: Being an Answer to His Letter Addressed to the Editor of Washington's Writings, Volume 1

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Little, Brown,, 1852 - Manuscripts - 48 pages

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Page 28 - In a letter to Reed he disburdened his heart more completely. " Such dearth of public spirit, and such want of virtue ; such stock-jobbing, and fertility in all the low arts to obtain advantage of one kind or another in this great change of military arrangement, I never saw before, and I pray God's mercy that I may never be witness to again.
Page 14 - By all accounts, there never existed a more miserable set of beings, than these wretched creatures now are. Taught to believe, that the power of Great Britain was superior to all opposition, and...
Page 13 - I would tell them, that we had borne much, that we had long and ardently sought for reconciliation upon honorable terms, that it had been denied us, that all our attempts after peace had proved abortive, and had been grossly misrepresented, that we had done...
Page 12 - Motives of resentment actuate his conduct to a degree equal to the destruction of the colony.
Page 4 - Whereupon you charged me, in a strain of sarcasm, (certainly unusual in your Lordship's compositions, and therefore the more to be regarded,) with having " manufactured" it for the occasion, and by way of embellishment to the original text. Having ascertained that Washington actually wrote these words, absurd as they seemed to you, and that they had been omitted in the other printed copy by some accident, you now withdraw the charge. And you add, " I will even go farther, and express my regret that,...
Page 18 - The plague, trouble, and vexation I have had with the crews of all the armed vessels, are inexpressible. I do believe there is not on earth a more disorderly set. Every time they come into port, we hear of nothing but mutinous complaints.
Page 10 - Of course you must be the best authority as to your own intentions. Yet; let me ask you, what other motive can by possibility be assigned for such corrections besides the one that I have stated ? Is it not quite clear in these cases, that you were seeking to use language more conformable to Washington's dignity of character than Washington could use for himself? We in England, with the highest respect for the memory of that great man, believe that in his own true form he is sufficiently exalted....
Page 34 - there were several strong circumstances and a very " general opinion against them, none have been con" demned, except a Captain Callender of the artillery, " who was immediately cashiered. I have been sorry to " find it an uncontradicted fact that the principal failure " of duty that day was in the officers, though many of them " distinguished themselves by their gallant behaviour.
Page 36 - ... as derived from my own experience. Mr. Adolphus, touching upon the non-fulfilment of the Convention of Saratoga by the American Congress, and writing, be it observed, half a century nearer the time of these events, when he might be able to converse with some of the principal actors in them, states that " Washington " remonstrated with force and firmness against this
Page 17 - Nothing of importance has occurred in these parts, since my last, unless it be the resignations of Generals Ward and Fry, and the reassumption of the former, or retraction, on account as he says, of its being disagreeable to some of the officers. Who those officers are, I have not heard. I have not enquired.

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