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Washington named commander-in-chief just as war looms with France...



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August 20, 1798

ARIS'S BIRMINGHAM GAZETTE, England, Aug. 20, 1798 

* George Washington commissioned by John Adams
* Lieutenant general & Commander-in-chief once again


The front page has several reports from England, one makes a mention that: "...the sincere desire of the Executive Directory to avert, by every means, the commencement of hostilities between France and America..." with a bit more.
Another item reports: "...accounts from America, dated at New York...We are happy to find that the American journals of that date confirm the appointment of General Washington as Lieutenant General and Commander in Chief of the Armies of the United States of America. The greatest preparations are making for war throughout the United States; and the Navy of America...is yet respectable as the effort of an infant state, struggling in defense of its liberties, & is certainly adequate to the defense of the American commerce against the crippled remains of the maritime force of France..." with more. This appointment of Washington would be mostly ceremonial.
Four pages, very nice condition.

Category: The 1600's and 1700's

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