Title Page, Copyright

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Table of Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Foreword

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pp. ix-xxii

David Humphreys, author of An Essay on the Life of the Honourable Major-General Israel Putnam, is today remembered less as a writer than as a historical personage. As principal aide-de-camp to Putnam and subsequently to George Washington, Humphreys passed through the darkest hours of the American Revolution, ...

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A Note on the Text

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pp. xxiii-xxiv

The texts of both the Life of Israel Putnam and the Oration on the Political Situation of the United States in I789 have been taken from the last-published edition of The Miscellaneous Works of David Humphreys, printed in New York in 1804. In keeping with the principles governing Liberty Fund editions, ...

An Essay on the Life of the Honourable Major-General Israel Putnam

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Letter to the Honourable Colonel Jeremiah Wadsworth

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pp. 1-4

Unavoidable absence will prevent me from performing the grateful task assigned me by the State Society of the Cincinnati on the fourth day of July next. Though I cannot personally address them, I wish to demonstrate, by some token of affectionate remembrance, the sense I entertain of the honour they have ...

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An Essay on the Life of the Honourable Major-General Israel Putnam

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pp. 5-126

To treat of recent transactions and persons still living, is always a delicate, and frequently a thankless office. Yet, while the partiality of friends, or the malignity of enemies, decides with rashness on every delineation of character, or recital of circumstances, a consolation remains, that distant nations, ...

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An Oration on the Political Situation of the United States of America in the Year 1789

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pp. 127-140

Since the last Anniversary of Independence, my dear fellow-citizens, we have been witnesses to the complete establishment of a new general government. On an event of such magnitude, the voice of congratulation has already been heard from one extreme of our land to the other. But as our felicitations can never ...

Index

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pp. 141-149

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