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Early George Washington in 1754......



Item # 539338

July 1, 1754

THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, July, 1754
 
* Very early George Washington

Inside has the continuation of an Account of the Encroachments made by the French on the British Settlements in America. In the account are various measures taken by British to prevent the encroachments, including an expedition led by George Washington, who is mentioned three times (in the account).
The first reference to Washington states that: "...in October of 1753, he was dispatched by Governor Dinwiddie of Virginia to require the French ...in a solemn manner, to withdraw from the banks of the Ohio, which they were persisting to fortify...". The account continues and states that the French refused, and orders were received from England to use force to extricate the French. As a result: "...forces from several provinces ...were ordered to form a camp upon the Ohio... While the forces gathered, the French ...pushed their encroachments still farther, and committed yet more open hostilities."
The account later states that the: "...French forced a surrender at a fort and the officer and his men marched out. This group eventually met reinforcements ...and then with 150 men, under the command of lieut. col. Washington...they entrenched themselves at Redstone creek... Says a camp was formed and five wagons of provisions were dispatched for its support.When the French gained intelligence of the situation, they ...detached a party of...men to intercept them; but Captain Washington immediately marched with 45 men to sustain them, and a skirmish ensued, in which all the French were either killed or taken prisoners...". A fine account, and early for Washington who is mentioned three times.
Measures 5 by 8 inches, 44 pages, full title/contents page with an engraving of St. Johns Gate in the masthead, good condition. Note: Lacking map & plate called for.

Category: The 1600's and 1700's

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