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agairiBt the British, and deputes Lieut Col John Laurens to solicit

the co-operation of the French The combined forces of both natious

rendezvous in the Chesapeak, and take lord Cornwallis and his army

prisoners of war. Washington returns to the vicinity of New York,

and urges the necessity of pre paring for a new campaign, - ' p. 134

CHAPTER IX.

1782 and 1783.

Prospects of peace. Languor of the stales. ^Discontents of the army.

Gen. Washington prevents the adoption of rash measures. Some new-

levies in Pennsylvania mutiny, and are quelled I Washington recom-

mends measures for the preservation of independence, peace, liberty,

and happiness.! Dismisses his army. Enters New York Takes

leave of his officers. Settles his accounts. Repairs to Annapolis,

ltesigus his commission. Retires to Mount Vernon, and resumes his

agricultural pursuits, - - - - p. 159

CHAPTER X,

General Washington, on retiring from public life, devotes himself to

agricultural pursuits./ Favours inland navigation- Declines offered

emoluments from it. lUrges an alteration of the fundamental rules

of the society of the Cincinnati. Regrets the de ccts of the federal

system, and recommends a revisal of it. Is appointed a member of

the-continental convention for that purpose, which, after hesitation,

he accepts. Is chosen president thereof. Is solicited to accept the

presidency of the United States. J Writes sundry letters expressive of

the conflict in his mind, between duty and inclination Answers ap-

plicants for offices. His reluctance to enter on public life, - p. 206

CHAPTER XI.

Washington elected president. On his way to the seat of government

at New York, receives the most flattering marks of respect. Ad-

dresses Congress. The situation of the United States in their foreign

and domestic relations, at the inauguration of Washington. Fills up

public offices solely with a view to the public good. Proposes a treaty

to the Creek Indians, which is at first rejected. Col. Willet induces

the heads of the nation to come to New York, to treat there. The

North Western Indians refuse a treaty, but after defeating Generals

Harmar awl Sinclair, they are defeated by Gea. Wayne. They then

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submit, ant! agree to treat. A new system is introduced for meliorat-

ing their condition, - - - -- -- - ...... p. l2Sl

CHAPTER XII.

General Washington attends to the foreign relations of the United

States. Negotiates with Spain Difficulties in the way- The free

navigation of the Missisippi is granted by a treaty made with Major

Pltickney. Negotiations with Britain. Difficulties in the way. War

probable. Mr. Jav's mission. Ills treaty with (jreat Britain. Op-

position thereto. Is ratified. Washington refuses papers to House

of Representatives British posts in the United States evacuated.

Negotiations with France. Genet's arrival. Assumes illegal powers,

in violation of the neutrality of the United States. Is flattered by the

people, but opposed by the executive, is recalled. General Pinck-

ney sent as public minister to adjust disputes with France. Is not re-

ceived. Washington declines a re-election, and addresses the people.

His last address to the national legislature. Recommends a navy, a

military academy, and other public institutions, ----- p. 254

CHAPTER XIII.

Washington rejoices at the prospect of retiring. Writes to the Secre-

tary of State, denying the authenticity of letters said to be ffom hint

to J. IJ-Custis and Lund Washington, in 1776. Pays respe'cJHO his

successor, Mr. John Adams. Review of Washington's'administration.

He retires to Mount Vernon. Resumes agricultural pursuits. Hears

with regret the aggression of the French republic. Corresponds on

the subject of his taking the command of an army to oppose the

French. Is appointed Lieutenant General. His commission is sent

to him by the Secretary of War. His letter to president Adams on

the receipt thereof. Directs the organization of the proposed arrav.

Three Envoys Extraordinary sent to France, who adjust all disputes

with Bonaparte, after the overthrow of the Directory. Gen. Wash-

ington dies. Is honoured by Congress, and by the citizens. His char-

r, p. 307

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