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Authors: Wister, Owen, 1860-1938
Subjects: Washington, George, 1732-1799
Publisher: New York, The Macmillan Company
Contributing Library: Cornell University Library
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would talk more; he was avery bashful young man, is the recorded38 opinion of one of them in later life; yet Seven some girl had already disturbed his dawning J,. ^ J & Washington passion. Presently he was writing verses,though of a quality scarce equal to his mathe-matics. Oh ye Gods why should my Poor resistless HeartStand to oppose thy might and power — In deluding sleepings let my eyelids close That in an enraptured dream I mayIn a rapt lulling sleep and gentle repose Possess those joys denied by day. Other lyrics to other ladies are found in hisearly writing, but maturer passion ended byexpressing itself in prose. Such was the boy: of vigorous flesh, ofgrave spirit rendered graver by necessity, arespected umpire of school-ground disputes,a romantic follower of the fair sex; his hairwas brown, his eye blue gray, not flashingbut steady, and he had a nose that his friendsmust have hoped he would grow up to.39 III. THE YOUNG MAN CrEORGE WASHINGTONFrom a portrait by C. W. Peale.
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SevenAges ofWashington III So his schooldays ended, and with themnot indeed his education, for this was justbegun; but schoolmasters and copy-bookswere over, and the apron-string was broken.It was not beneath his mothers roof anymore, but at Mount Vernon, with his brotherLawrence, that his home was to be. Herehe was to turn his studies in surveying to prac-tical account, and to practical account also the rules of civility. The working of these in his character and demeanor brought him thatnext experience, that next education, whichmay be set among the chief advantages of hisyouth. It would seem that the Mount Vernonneighborhood was poor in gentlefolk com-pared to Fredericksburg, and that the man-ners and breeding of this young Washington,43 Seven who had come here to live, shone out, and won ^\ ■ for him at once the notice of an older man of ffashington high position and noble nature. Lord Fairfaxlived on his estate adjoining Mount Vernon.Belvoir, his place (pronounced Beaver),could
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