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WASHINGTON'S PATRIOTISM: -
A FAC SIMILE OF HIS PUBLICK ACCOUNTS KEPT DURING
THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR;
SOME OF THE MOST INTERESTING DOCUMENTS CONNECTED WITH HIS
MILITARY COMMAND AND CIVIL ADMINISTRATION;
EMBRACING, AMONG OTHERS, THE
FAREWELL ADDRESS TO THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES.
AN EULOGIUM ON THE CHARACTER OF WASHINGTON,
BY MAJOR W. JACKSON,
ONE OF HIS AIDS-DE-CAMP.
PUBLISHED FOR THE BENEFIT OF WASHINGTON'S MANUAL LABOUR SCHOOL AND
MALE ORPHAN ASYLUM.
CITY OF WASHINGTON:
P. FORCE, PRINTER. -
FAC SIMILE OF WASHINGTON'S ACCOUNTS,
From June, 1775, to June, 1783.
It will be recollected that Washington received no pecuniary compensation for his services during the Revolutionary War. He kept, however, himself, an account of his expenses, which, at the close of that eventful period, he presented to, and was admitted by the Government.
Register's Office, January 1, 1838.
General Washington's account of his expenses during the Revolutionary War, in his own hand-writing, is on file in this office :—the annexed is a fac simile thereof.
CONNECTED WITH THE
MILITARY COMMAND AND CIVIL ADMINISTRATION
George Washington ;
AN EULOGIUM ON THE CHARACTER OF WASHINGTON,
BY MAJOR WILLIAM JACKSON.
RESOLUTIONS OF CONGRESS-GEORGE WASHINGTON, ESQ., . The persons chosen, to compose the Committee, were
APPOINTED GENERAL AND COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF-HIS Mr. Lee, Mr. E. Rutledge, and Mr. J. Adams.
The Committee appointed to draft a Commission to the
General, reported the same, which, being read by paraIn Congress, Philadelphia, June 15, 1775. graphs and debated, was agreed to, as follows: Resolved, That a General be appointed to command all the Continental Forces, raised, or to be raised, for the de
In CONGRESS, the Delegates of the United Colonies of fence of American Liberty.
New-Hampshire, Massachusetts-Bay, Rhode-Island, That Five Hundred Dollars, per month, be allowed for
Connecticut, New-York, New-Jersey, Pennsylvania,
the Counties of New-Castle, Kent, and Sussex, on the pay and expenses of the General. The Congress then proceeded to the choice of a Gene
Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North-Carolina, and
South-Carolina : ral, by ballot, and George WASHINGTON, Esq., was unanimously elected.
TO GEORGE WASHINGTON, ESQ. The President informed Colonel WASHINGTON that the
WE, reposing special trust and confidence in your paCongress had unanimously made choice of him to be Gene triotism, valour, conduct, and fidelity, do, by these presents, ral and Commander-in-Chief of the American Forces, and
constitute and appoint you to be General and Commanderrequested he would accept of that employment; to which
in-Chief of the Army of the United Colonies, and of all Colonel WASHINGTON, standing in his place, answered:
the Forces now raised, or to be raised, by them, and of all “ Mr. President :
others who shall voluntarily offer their service, and join the “ Though I am truly sensible of the high honour done
said Army for the defence of American Liberty, and for “me, in this appointment, yet I feel great distress from a
repelling every hostile invasion thereof: And you are here“consciousness that my abilities, and military experience,
| by vested with full power and authority to act as you shall “may not be equal to the extensive and important trust.
think for the good and welfare of the Service. “ However, as the Congress desire it, I will enter upon the
| And we do hereby strictly charge and require all Officers “momentous duty, and exert every power 1 possess in their
rt every power l possess in their and Soldiers under your command, to be obedient to your “service, and for support of the glorious cause. I beg they
orders, and diligent in the exercise of their several duties. “ will accept my most cordial thanks for this distinguished
And we also enjoin and require of you, to be careful in “ testimony of their approbation.
executing the great trust reposed in you, by causing strict "But, lest some unlucky event should happen, unsa
discipline and order to be observed in the Army, and that “vourable to my reputation, I beg it may be remembered,
the Soldiers be duly exercised, and provided with all conci by every gentleman in the room, that I, this day declare,
venient necessaries. “ with the utmost sincerity, I do not think myself equal to
And you are to regulate your conduct, in every respect, “the command I am honoured with.
by the Rules and Discipline of War, (as herewith given “As to pay, sir, I beg leave to assure the Congress, you,) and punctually to observe and follow such Orders “that, as no pecuniary consideration could have tempted
and Directions, from time to time, as you shall receive from “me to accept this arduous employment, at the expense of
this, or a future Congress of these United Colonies, or Com“my domestick ease and happiness, I do not wish to make mittee of Congress. “any profit from it. I will keep an exact account of my
This Commision to continue in force, until revoked by “ expenses. Those, I doubt not they will discharge, and this, or a future Congress. “ that is all I desire.”
Ordered, That the same be fairly transcribed, signed by Resolved, That a Committee be appoined to draft a | the President, attested by the Secretary, and delivered to Commission and Instructions for the General.