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The Papers of George Washington
January to May, 1793 George Washington. Edited by Philander D. Chase

In the period covered by volume 12, mid-January through May 1793, Washington completed his first term as president and began his second term with a modest inauguration ceremony. Washington continued his efforts to keep the United States out of the expanding European war between France and a... More


The Papers of George Washington
Revolutionary War Series, vol. 14 George Washington. Edited by Philander D. Chase

Volume 14 of the Revolutionary War Series opens on 1 March 1778 with Washington praising his troops for their "uncomplaining Patience during the scarcity of provisions in Camp" and exhorting them to persevere in the face of any "occasional" shortages that might yet occur. Indeed, the documents... More


The Papers of George Washington
Revolutionary War Series, vol. 13December 1777-February 1778 George Washington. Edited by Philander D. Chase

Volume 13 of the Revolutionary War Series documents a crucial portion of the winter encampment at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, when the fate of Washington’s army hung in the balance. The volume begins with Washington’s soldiers hard at work erecting log huts to the general’s specifications and... More


The Papers of George Washington
August 1792-January 1 George Washington. Edited by Philander D. Chase

Volume 11, which covers the closing months of Washington's first presidential term, opens with Washington at Mount Vernon, tending to both public and private affairs. The implementation of a federal excise tax on domestically produced whiskey provoked opposition that became violent in western... More


The Papers of George Washington
March-August 1792 George Washington. Edited by Philander D. Chase

Volume 10 of the Presidential Series continues the fourth chronological series of The Papers of George Washington. The Presidential Series, when complete, will cover the eight precedent-setting years of Washington's presidency. These volumes present the public papers written by or sent to... More


The Papers of George Washington
Revolutionary War Series, vol. 12October-December 1777 George Washington. Edited by Philander D. Chase

Volume 12 of the Revolutionary War Series documents Washington's unsuccessful efforts to capitalize on the American victory at Saratoga and his decision to encamp the Continental army for the winter at Valley Forge. The volume opens with the British forces at Philadelphia, where they had returned... More


The Papers of George Washington
Revolutionary War Series, vol. 11August-October 1777 George Washington. Edited by Philander D. Chase

Volume 11 of the Revolutionary War Series contains correspondence, orders, and other documents covering one of the most militarily active periods of the war. The volume begins with Washington's army camped about twenty miles north of Philadelphia. Having planned to march toward the Hudson River to... More


The Papers of George Washington
September 1791-February 1792 George Washington. Edited by Philander D. Chase

n the period covered by volume 9, the fall and winter of 1791-92, Washington was busy dealing with a host of issues. Over forty letters to and from Washington between November 1791 and February 1792 concern the problems arising from Pierre L'Enfant's high-handedness as designer of the Federal City... More


The Papers of George Washington
Revolutionary War Series, vol. 10June-August 1777 George Washington. Edited by Philander D. Chase

Volume 10 of the Revolutionary War Series opens with Washington headquartered at the Continental army's encampment at Middlebrook, New Jersey, about seven miles northeast of New Brunswick, the location of the main British force under General William Howe. From this strategic vantage point in the... More


The Papers of George Washington
April-December 1799 George Washington. Edited by W. W. Abbot

In the spring of 1799, the relaxation of tensions between France and the United States allowed Washington to redirect his attention to his personal affairs. He drew up a new will that summer and made arrangements for the breakup of the estate he had amassed in the course of his life; but he also... More


The Papers of George Washington
September 1798-April 1799 George Washington. Edited by W. W. Abbot and Edward G. Lengel

In the fall of 1798, Washington was immersed in the business of creating a military force to deal with the threat of an all-out war with France. A clash over Alexander Hamilton's rank in the army led Washington to contemplate resignation of his own post as commander in chief of the army, and the... More


George Washington's Diaries
An Abridgment George Washington. Edited by Dorothy Twohig

CULLED FROM the six volumes of The Diaries of George Washington completed in 1979, this selection of entries chosen by retired Washington Papers editor Dorothy Twohig reveals the lifelong preoccupations of the public and private man.Washington was rarely isolated from the world during his eventful... More


The Papers of George Washington
Revolutionary War Series, vol. 9March-June 1777 George Washington. Edited by Dorothy Twohig

Volume 9 covers the spring of 1777, a period when Washington's resourcefulness and perseverance were tested as much as at any time during the war. Instead of opening the new campaign by taking the field with a reinvigorated Continental army as planned, Washington was obliged to spend much of his... More


The Papers of George Washington
March-September 1791 George Washington. Edited by Dorothy Twohig

n the period covered by volume 8 of the Presidential Series, the spring and summer of 1791, Washington completed a tour of the southern states, traveling almost 2,000 miles through Virginia, the Carolinas, and Georgia. During his journey the heads of executive departments regularly reported to him... More


The Papers of George Washington
Revolutionary War Series, vol. 8January-March 1777 George Washington. Edited by Dorothy Twohig

Volume 8 documents Washington's first winter at Morristown. Situated in the hills of north central New Jersey, Morristown offered protection against the British army headquarters in New York City yet enabled Washington to annoy the principal enemy outposts at Newark, Perth Amboy, and New Brunswick... More


The Papers of George Washington
March-December 1797 George Washington. Edited by W. W. Abbot

During the first ten months of Washington's retirement, Washington was, as he said, busier than ever before, breaking in a new farm manager, repairing and refurbishing long-neglected buildings, hiring new overseers and a new gardener from Britain, and most difficult, and perhaps most important of... More


The Papers of George Washington
January-September 1798 George Washington. Edited by W. W. Abbot

In the early months of 1798, Washington's correspondence relates mostly to such private concerns as the management of his Mount Vernon estate, his tenants in Virginia, his lands in the West and in Pennsylvania, and the education of Washington Parke Custis and the marriage of Nelly Custis, but he... More


The Papers of George Washington
December 1790-March 1791 George Washington. Edited by Dorothy Twohig

Volume 7 of the series presents documents written during the final sessions of the First Congress, a period of intense activity for Washington and his administration. Between December 1790 and March 1791, Congress passed legislation that established a national bank and a dederal excise, incresed... More


The Papers of George Washington
Confederation Series, vol. 5February-December 1787 George Washington. Edited by Dorothy Twohig

The extensive correspondence regarding Shays' Rebellion and widespread alarm over the state of the Union continues in this volume, and there are the usual letters numbering in the hundreds which deal with his more personal concerns: farm and family, slave and tenant, tradesman and artisan. But the... More


The Papers of George Washington
Confederation Series, vol. 6January- September 1788 George Washington. Edited by Dorothy Twohig

Beginning with the decision made early in 1787 to attend the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in the summer, Washington's papers in volume 6 of the series reveal him as once again a public figure no longer standing outside and above the fray as he had been seeking to do with some success... More


The Papers of George Washington
Revolutionary War Series, vol. 7October 1776-January 1777 George Washington. Edited by Dorothy Twohig

Volume 7 documents the dramatic events of the New York campaign and the ensuing New Jersey campaign, a seemingly endless string of American reverses and retreats terminated by surprising victories at Trenton and Princeton. The volume opens with Washington's withdrawal of most of his army from... More


The Papers of George Washington
January-June 1790 George Washington. Edited by Dorothy Twohig

Volume 5 covers the first half of 1790 and focuses on Washington's continued concentration on the problems facing the new government. North Carolina had ratified the Constitution in late 1789, and Rhode Island held its ratifying convention in early 1790. Many documents in this volume reflect the... More


The Papers of George Washington
July-November 1790 George Washington. Edited by Dorothy Twohig

During the period covered by volume 6, Washington's attention was devoted to several matters of great national significance. He signed the Residence and Funding Acts, authorizing a permanent new Federal City on the Potomac, establishing the seat of the federal government at Philadelphia until 1800... More


The Papers of George Washington
March 1774-June 1775 with Cumulative Index George Washington. Edited by W. W. Abbot and Dorothy Twohig

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... More


The Papers of George Washington
Confederation Series, vol. 4April 1786-January 1787 George Washington. Edited by W. W. Abbot and Dorothy Twohig

Volume Four spans the critical period between April 1786 and January 1787. Washington spent all of this period at home at Mount Vernon, managing and improving his estate. Yet he remained a keen observer of the national scene, receiving a steady stream of reports on political developments from... More


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