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THE LIFE OF
Of the family and education of Gborge WashingTon.—He is sent on an embassy to the French commandant on the Ohio^—Is appointed lieutenantcolonel of a regiment, and an aid-de-camp to general Braddock.—Braddock's defeat.—Washington is appointed commander in chief of all the forces in Virginia.—His operations in 1755—1758.—Fort Buquesne taken.—Washington retires, and marries.
MpHE ancestors of George WASHiNGTO)sr -*• were among the first settlers of the oldest British colony in America. He was the third in descent from John Washington, an English gentleman, who, about the middle of the 17th century, emigrated from the North of England, and settled in Westmoreland county, Virginia. In the place where he had fixed himself, his great grandson, the subject of the following history, was born on the 22d of February 1732. His immediate ancestor 1732.
?was Augustine Washington, who died when; his son George was only ten years old. The education of the young orphan, of course, devolved on his mother, who added one to the many examples of virtuous matrons, whor devoting themselves to the case of their children, have trained them up to be distinguished citizens. In one instance, her fears,, combining with her affection, prevented a measure, which, if persevered in, would have given a direction to the talents and views of her son very different from that which laid the foundation of his fame. George Washington, when only fifteen years old,, solicited and obtained the place of midshipman in the British navy; but his ardent zeal to serve his country, then at war with France and Spain, was, on the interference of his mother, for the present suspended, and for ever diverted from the sea service. She lived to see hhr* attain higher honors than he could have obtained as a naval officer; nor did she depart this life till he was elevated to the first offices,, both civil and military, in the gift of his country. She was, nevertheless, so far from being partial to the American revolution, that she frequently regretted the side her son had* taken in the contest between her king and her country. . .
In the minority of George Washington', the means of education in America were scanty. His was therefore very little extended beyond what is common, except in mathematics. Knowledge of this kind eontributes more perhaps than any other to strengthen the mind. In his case it was doubly useful, for in the early part of his life it laid the foundation of his fortune, by qualifying him for the office of a practical surveyor, at a time when good land was of eatey attainment. Its intimate connexion with the military art enabled him at a later period to judge more correctly of the proper means of defending his country.
Of the firft nineteen years of George Washington's life, little is known. His talents, being more solid than brilliant, were not sufficiently developed for public notice, by the comparatively unimportant events of that early period. His contemporaries have reported, that in his youth he was grave, silent, and thoughtful, diligent and methodical in busi* ness, dignified in his appearance, strictly honorable in all his deportment; but they have not been able to gratify the public curiosity with any striking'anecdotes. His patrimonial estate was little, but that little was managed with prudence, and increased