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E S S A Y
COMMANDER IN CHIEF
THROUGH THĘ REVOLUTIONARY WAR ;
BY AARON BANCROFT, A. A. S.
DISTRICT OF MASSACHUSETTS.... TO WIT :
BE IT REMEMBERED, that on the nincteenth L. S. day of September, in the thiriysecond year of the Independence of
the United States of America, AARON BANCROFT of the said Dis. trict, 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 LIFs of GEORGE WASHINGTON, Commander in Chief of the American Ar. my, through the Revolutionary War, and the first President of the United States.
BY AARON BANCROFT, A, A. S.
In Conformity to the Act of the Congress of the United States; intitled, " An Act fos de: Erico Aragerfett of learning, by fecuring the Copies of Maps, Charts and Books, 18 the Authors: mida Proprietors of such Copies, during the Times therein mentioned;"**d allo to an Act intitled, “ An Act supplepentary to 'at Act; intated: An Act for the Encour. agement of Learning, by securing the Copies of Maps; Charts and Books, to the Author, and Proprietors of, luch Coppies a uring the times therein mentioned ; and extending the Benesis theregt ta iko Ajks of Designing, Engraving and Etching, Historical and bthes Prints:
WILLIAM S. SHAW, Clerk of the District of Massachusetts,
history of the United
PREFACE. 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
His work is therefore necessa. rily too expensive to be; obiained: by:all' elasses of American people. Thi wnter of these memoirs apprehended, that by publishing the life of 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