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

levies in Pennsylvania mutiny, and are quelled 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.

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

agricultural pursuits,


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

agricultural pursuits. Favours inland navigation. Declines offered

emoluments from it. (Urges an alteration of the fundamental rules

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

system, and recoin mends a revisal of it. Is appointed a member of

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

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

presidency of the United States. Writes sundry letters espressive of

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

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


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 and Sinclair, they are defeated by Gen. Wayne. They then

p. 206

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