This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1874 Excerpt: ... the appointment of Colonel Washington as commander-inchief would give great satisfaction to many leading men in Massachusetts. John Adams was anxious for the appointment, and having satisfied himself of the wishes of the greater part of the delegates, ventured openly to allude to Washington as the proper person for the position,and spoke of him as a gentleman whose "skill and experience as an officer, whose independent fortune, great talents, and excellent universal character, would command the approbation of all America, and unite the cordial exertions of the colonies better than any other person in the Union." On the 14th of June Mr. Johnson, of Maryland, formally nominated Washington to the office of commander-in-chief, and he was unanimously chosen by ballot. The next day his election was communicated to him by the President of Congress. Washington rose in his place, and thanked the House for the unexpected honor conferred upon him, assured them of his devotion to the cause, and announced his acceptance of the great trust confided to him. He declared his intention to refuse the pay affixed to the office, WASHINGTON. which had been placed at five hundred dollars a month, and added: "I will keep an exact account of my expenses. These, I doubt not, they will discharge, and that is all I desire." Congress, on its part, pledged its hearty support to the new commander, and resolved "to maintain and assist, and adhere to him with their lives and fortunes in the defence of American liberty" Washington lost no time in proceeding to assume the command conferred upon him. After a few days spent in preparation, in Philadelphia, he left that city on the 21st of June, for the head-quarters of the army, accompanied by Generals Lee and Sc...
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