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From Farm House to the White House The life of George Washington, his boyhood, youth, manhood, public and private life and services   By: (1820-1898)

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LOG CABIN TO WHITE HOUSE SERIES

From Farm House to the White House

THE LIFE OF GEORGE WASHINGTON

HIS BOYHOOD, YOUTH, MANHOOD, PUBLIC AND PRIVATE LIFE AND SERVICES

By William M. Thayer

Author of "From Log Cabin to White House," "From Pioneer Home to White House," "From Tannery to White House," "From Boyhood to Manhood," etc., etc.

ILLUSTRATED

NEW YORK HURST & COMPANY PUBLISHERS

Log Cabin to White House Series.

UNIFORM WITH THIS VOLUME.

BY WILLIAM M. THAYER:

From Boyhood to Manhood Life of Benjamin Franklin.

From Farm House to White House Life of George Washington.

From Log Cabin to White House Life of James A. Garfield, with eulogy by Hon. James G. Blaine.

From Pioneer Home to White House Life of Abraham Lincoln, with eulogy by Hon. Geo. Bancroft.

From Tannery to White House Life of Ulysses S. Grant.

BY EDWARD S. ELLIS:

From Ranch to White House Life of Theodore Roosevelt.

Price Post Paid, 75ยข. each, or $4.50 for the set.

HURST & COMPANY PUBLISHERS, NEW YORK.

Copyright, 1890, By JAMES H. EARLE.

To ALL WHO HONOR TRUE MANHOOD, This Volume, REPRESENTING THE ELEMENTS OF SUCCESS , From Boyhood to Manhood IN THE CAREER AND NOBLE CHARACTER OF GEORGE WASHINGTON, " THE FATHER OF HIS COUNTRY ," Is Sincerely and Affectionately Dedicated.

PREFACE.

Every American, old or young, should become familiar with the life of Washington; it will confirm their patriotism and strengthen their loyalty. Such a character will become an inspiration to them, eliciting nobler aims, and impelling to nobler deeds.

Washington himself wrote to his step son, who was in college:

"You are now extending into that stage of life when good or bad habits are formed; when the mind will be turned to things useful and praiseworthy or to dissipation and vice. Fix on which ever it may, it will stick by you; for you know it has been said, and truly, 'The way the twig is bent the tree's inclined.' This, in a strong point of view, shows the propriety of letting your inexperience be directed by maturer advice, and in placing guard upon the avenues which lead to idleness and vice. The latter will approach like a thief, working upon your passions, encouraged, perhaps, by bad examples, the propensity to which will increase in proportion to the practice of it and your yielding. Virtue and vice cannot be allied, nor can idleness and industry; of course if you resolve to adhere to the former of these extremes, an intimacy with those who incline to the latter of them would be extremely embarrassing to you; it would be a stumbling block in your way, and act like a mill stone hung to your neck; for it is the nature of idleness and vice to obtain as many votaries as they can....

"It is to close application and perseverance that men of letters and science are indebted for their knowledge and usefulness; and you are now at the period of life when these are to be acquired, or lost for ever. As you know how anxious your friends are to see you enter upon the grand theatre of life with the advantages of a finished education, a highly cultivated mind, and a proper sense of your duties to God and man, I shall only add one sentiment before I close this letter and that is, to pay due respect and obedience to your tutors, and affectionate reverence for the president of the college, whose character merits your highest regards. Let no bad example, for such is to be met in all seminaries, have an improper influence upon your conduct. Let this be such, and let it be your pride to demean yourself in such a manner as to obtain the good will of your superiors and the love of your fellow students."

Better advice than this was never given to a youth; and to enforce it, we present in this volume the life and character of the great man who so lovingly tendered it... Continue reading book >>




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