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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. 1886 Excerpt: ... At the close of the campaign of 1758 Washington resigned his military commission and retired to Mount Vernon, to which estate he had fallen heir on the death of his half-brother, Lawrence, a few years before this time. In the following January Washington, then twenty-seven years old, married Martha Custis, a very pretty and very wealthy widow of the same age as himself. 2. During the sixteen years between his marriage and the beginning of the Revolutionary war Washington led the life of a Virginia planter. During these years he managed his estates, packed and shipped his own tobacco and flour, kept his own books, conducted his own correspondence. 3. His books may still be seen. Perhaps no clearer or more accurate record of business transactions has been kept in America since the Father of American Independence rested frqm book-keeping. The flour which he shipped to foreign ports came to be known as his, and the "Washington" brand was habitually exempted from inspection. 4. During most of this period Washington was a member of the Virginia Assembly, or House of Burgesses, as it was called; and passed the winters at Williamsburg, the capital of the province. Though he did not often take part in the debates, he attended closely to public business; and the famous Patrick' Henry, who was a fellow-member, declared that "for solid information and sound judgment Washington was unquestionably the greatest man in the assembly." 5. Washington was a delegate to the first Continental Congress, which met at Philadelphia in September, 1774, to resist the oppressive acts of the British government. Though he shrank from the idea of a separation from the mother country, he was ready to fight, if necessary, for the rights of the colonists. At this time he...
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