Life of George Washington, 1 by B. Washington

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B. Washington
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1807 edition. Excerpt: enter with more enthusiasm into the views of the republic The citizen Genet, a gentleman of considerable talents, and of an ardent temper, who had been employed during the existence of the monarchy first, as a sub-clerk in one of the bureaus, and See ffoteNf)' Fill, at the end of the volumevOL. v. G gg «hap. vu afterwards as charge d' affaires in Russia, was 1793. selected for this purpose. The letters he brought to the executive of the United States, and his instructions, which he occasionally communicated, wore an aspect in a high degree flattering to the nation, and decently respectful to its government. But Mr. Genet was also furnished with private instructions, which the course of subsequent events tempted him to publish. These indicate that, if the American executive should not be found sufficiently compliant with the views of France, the resolution had been taken to employ with the people of the United States the same' policy which was so successfully used with those of Europe; and thus to effect an object which legitimate negotiations with the constituted authorities might fail to accomplish. art f Mr. Genet possessed many qualities which were mM«T" peculiarly adapted to the objects of his mission; &omtran"but he seems to have been betrayed by the flattering reception which he experienced, and by the universal fervor expressed for his republic, into a too speedy disclosure of his intentions. On the eighth of April he arrived, not at Philadelphia, but at Charleston in South Carolina, a port, the contiguity of which to the West Indies would give it peculiar convenience as a resort for privateers. By the governor of that state and by its citizens, he was received with an enthusiasm well calculated to dissipate every doubt he...


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