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Was George Washington ever a commissioned officer in the British army?
Item # 642854 THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, July, 1795 Included is a letter to the publisher concerning George Washington, referencing his bravery & military prowess from the French & Indian War. Further on it notes: "...In the regular standing army of Great Britain he never held any commission: and this perhaps may have been...why Lord Howe & General Howe declined acknowledging his rank during the American war, or addressing him by the title of 'Excellency' which the Congress had conferred on him...".
A few pages later another writer addresses the issue of whether Washington ever held a British commission, beginning: "The justly-famed Washington was in 1754 a colonel in the provincial service, to which rank he had been promoted from that of major..." with more.
Included are the 3 full page plates called for.
Complete in 88 pages, 5 1/2 by 8 1/2 inches, full title/contents page with an engraving of St. John's Gate, nice condition.
A very nice magazine from the "mother country" 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.
Category: The 1600's and 1700's