Official Letters to the Honorable American Congress . . . By His Excellency, George Washington. (1795)
Official Letters to the Honorable American Congress, Written, during the War between the United Colonies and Great Britain, By His Excellency, George Washington. (1795)
by George Washington
Full Title: Official Letters to the Honorable American Congress, Written, during the War between the United Colonies and Great Britain, By His Excellency, George Washington, Commander in Chief of the Continental Forces, Now President of the United States. Copied, by Special Permission, from the Original Papers preserved in the Office of the Secretary of State, Philadelphia.
8 ½ x 5 ¼. In English. Printed for Cadell Junior and Davies, London, 1795. FIRST ENGLISH EDITION. Two Volumes. 8vo. [viii], 364; [iv], 384 pp. Verified complete via WorldCat. Bound in contemporary brown sheep. Spines with five raised bands, lettered gilt with a short title and year of publication. Some degradation to both spine head and tail of each volume. Joints neatly touched-up by a previous owner. Original boards refreshed in 2019. Pastedowns and endpapers utterly free from ownership markings or foxing, but with some minor offsetting from binder’s glue used for turn-ins. Text block is exceptionally clean and bright, with very few isolated stains of no great consequence. Overall, a SLENDID, perhaps NEAR FINE COPY, the binding sound and virtually new internally. Mylar protective covers included. First editions – neither English or American – are commonly found in the marketplace.
This collection of George Washington's letters to the Second Continental Congress at Philadelphia includes correspondence dated from June 1775 to December 1778. Written during his time as the Commander in Chief of the Continental Army, the letters describe Washington's efforts to comply with the Congress's wishes, while dealing with the obstacles presented to him by an underpaid, underfed, and often intoxicated and unruly army fighting in the American Revolutionary War. This work was edited by John Carey, an Irish immigrant, who worked with Thomas Jefferson, beginning in 1792, to publicize state documents in an effort to keep the activities of the newly formed United States Government as transparent as possible. This is a First English Edition, preceded by the first American Edition, which was published earlier the same year.
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