The papers of George Washington. Colonial series /
W.W. Abbot, editor, Dorothy Twohig, associate editor, Philander D. Chase, Beverly H. Runge, and Frederick Hall Schmidt, assistant editors.
Charlottesville : University Press of Virginia, c1983-
v. cm.
0813909120 (v. 1) 0813911443 (v. 5) 0813911451 (v. 6)
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Charlottesville : University Press of Virginia, c1983-
0813909120 (v. 1) 0813911443 (v. 5) 0813911451 (v. 6)
contents note
v. 1. 1748-August 1755.--v. 2. August 1755-April 1756.--v. 3. April-November 1756.--v. 4. November 1756-October 1757.--v. 5. October 1757-September 1758.--v. 6. September 1758-December 1760.--v. 7. January 1761-June 1767.--v. 8. June 1767-December 1771.--v. 9. January 1772-March 1774.--v. 10. March 1774-June 1775.
general note
"Sponsored by the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association of the Union and the University of Virginia with the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities"
catalogue key
Includes bibliographies and index.
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 1987-10:
These volumes carry Washington's story from September 1788 to mid-June 1789. Included here are letters of Washington, those he received, and those written to him but perhaps never sent (e.g., Robert R. Livingston to Washington, 2 May 1789, 2:192-96). Several aspects of Washington's life emerge from these volumes: his sincere regret that he has been called once again to the public arena; the love and respect in which he was held by Americans; his personal financial condition, about which he was sincerely anxious; the flood of pleas for office and favors that inundated him; and, finally, his concern about the organization of the new government he was to lead. His papers show Washington more as the man and less as the monument (e.g., Washington's departure from Mt. Vernon for New York City to assume the presidency is poignantly delineated in his own words and those of his correspondents and friends, 2:56-61). Comprehensive in scope and excellently annotated, this collection is a major contribution to US history.-E.R. Fingerhut, California State University, Los Angeles
Main Description
The ten-volume Colonial Series, covering the years 1748-1775, takes the young Washington through his command of the Virginia Regiment during the French and Indian War and then focuses on his political and business activities as a Virginia planter during the fifteen years before the American Revolution.
Main Description
Volume 1 of the Presidential Series covers the months immediatelybefore Washinton's election. Opening in September 1788, at the point when it wascertain that the Constitution would be ratified, the documents trace the mountingpublic pressure upon Washington to agree to accept the presidency. His lettersreveal poignantly his own misgivings about leaving Mount Vernon to return to publiclife. Well before he was offered the presidency he was deluged with applications forpublic offices. These letters are singularly revealing of economic and socialdisruption in the aftermath of the Revolution and of the political and socialassumptions of Americans at the beginning of the new nation. Letters written toWashington during these months from all over the country report the gradualacceptance of the new government and the progress of the first federal elections inthe states. His correspondence with foreign admirers is alsoextensive.
Unpaid Annotation
The colonial series will take Washington's career to the beginning of the American Revolution, dealing with his years as commander of the Virginia Regiment, his activities as a Virginia planter, and his growing political importance with the approach of the Revolution.

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