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Was George Washington ever a commissioned officer in the British army?



Item # 674356 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.

Item from Catalog 301 (released for December, 2020)...

Category: The 1600's and 1700's