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George Washington at age 22...



Item # 640773 GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, September, 1754  Among the early reports on the French & Indian War, is a very rare mention of colonel George Washington when he was just 22 years old. The report is a continued one, headed: "Account of Our Affairs in America" and the text includes: "...On the other side the French have this season reaped a crop of corn from the lands on the borders of the Ohio which  will be sufficient to subsist the troops with which they are carrying on their invasions till the next year. Col. Washington with 400 men having encamped in a wood at the great meadows on the Ohio, & defeated a party of French that had been dispatched to intercept some provisions, receiv'd intelligence soon afterwords that the French...were marching 900 men from Monongahela to attack him. The Colonel immediately prepared to defend himself against such a superiority as well as he could..." with some reports on a battle, & continuing with: "...The Col. perceiving by this conduct that they were determined not to attack in the open field ordered his men still to reserve their fire & retire back again into the trenches..." with much more, carrying over to the next pg. where is included: "Capitulation granted July 3...of his Most Christian Majesty's forces to the English troops in the Fort of Necessity built on the lands of the King's Dominions" with the 7 articles included, and with additional mention of Washington (see photos). Washington's name is even mentioned in the title/index page.
The full page plate called for is present.
Complete in 48 pages, 5 3/4 by 8 3/4 with wide untrimmed margins, full title/contents page featuring an engraving of St. John's Gate, very nice condition.

A very nice magazine from the late 18th century with a wide range of varied content. This was the first periodical to use the word "magazine" in its title, having begun in 1731 and lasting until 1907

Item from Catalog 264 (released for November, 2017)...

Category: The 1600's and 1700's

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