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This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 217 pages of information about Washington's Birthday.

GEORGE WASHINGTON John Hall Ingham
HISTORICAL MEMORABILIA OF WASHINGTON H.B.  Carrington
A BIRD’S-EYE VIEW OF WASHINGTON Henry Mitchell MacCracken
THE CHARACTER OF WASHINGTON Daniel Webster
MOUNT VERNON, THE HOME OF WASHINGTON William Day
THE UNSELFISHNESS OF WASHINGTON Robert Treat Paine
THE GENIUS OF WASHINGTON Edwin P. Whipple
WASHINGTON’S SERVICE TO EDUCATION Charles W.E.  Chapin
ADDRESS AT THE DEDICATION OF THE WASHINGTON MONUMENT
  John W. Daniel
THE CHARACTER OF WASHINGTON Henry Cabot Lodge

IX
ANECDOTES AND STORIES

ANECDOTES OF WASHINGTON
THE ABUSE OF WASHINGTON Thomas Wentworth Higginson
PROVIDENTIAL EVENTS IN THE LIFE OF WASHINGTON Irving Allen
CHARACTERISTICS OF WASHINGTON
GREAT GEORGE WASHINGTON Kate Douglas Wiggin and Nora A. Smith
HEADQUARTERS IN 1776 Paul Leicester Ford

X
SELECTIONS FROM WASHINGTON’S SPEECHES AND WRITINGS

SELECTIONS FROM THE RULES OF CIVILITY
SAID BY WASHINGTON
WASHINGTON BEFORE THE BATTLE OF LONG ISLAND, AUGUST, 1776
FROM VARIOUS LETTERS, SPEECHES, AND ADDRESSES
WASHINGTON’S FAREWELL TO THE ARMY
PRESIDENT WASHINGTON’S RESPONSE TO THE FRENCH AMBASSADOR ON
  RECEIPT OF THE COLORS OF FRANCE, 1769
WASHINGTON’S FAREWELL ADDRESS

XI
EXERCISES

DECORATIONS FOR WASHINGTON’S BIRTHDAY EXERCISES
SOME YEARS IN WASHINGTON’S LIFE M.  Lizzie Stanley
SOMETHING BETTER Clara J. Denton
THE STATES CROWNING WASHINGTON Kate Bowles Sherwood
THE NEW GEORGE WASHINGTON Anonymous
IN PRAISE OF WASHINGTON

INTRODUCTION

A good deal of American history was once violently distorted by the partisanship of the eighteenth century, frozen solid by its icy formalism, and left thus for the edification of succeeding generations.  For example, it was not until 1868 that Franklin’s Autobiography was by accident given to the world in the simple natural style in which he wrote it.  The book had been “edited” by Franklin’s loyalist grandson, and had been cut and tortured into the pompous, stilted periods that were supposed to befit the dignity of so important a personage.  When John Bigelow published the original with all its naivete and homely turns of phrases and suppressed passages, he shed a flood of light upon Benjamin Franklin.

But not such a flood as has still more recently been shed upon our struggle for independence, and the hero who led it.

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