Parish, Elijah (1762-1825) An Oration, Delivered at Byfield, February 22d, 1800, the Day of National Mourning for the Death of General George Washington. Newburyport: Angier March, 1800. Octavo, with the half-title, pamphlet removed from a binding; A-D4; 32 numbered pages, disbound, some stains to verso of last leaf, 7 3/4 x 5 in.
"When he had given sovereign Independence to his country; when he had raised her to empire and glory; when he had repelled the foe, and hushed the thunders of invasion; when he had fixed the confidence of his country, when the admiration of the world, he then resigned his sword; that sword, which courted his hand; with tears he bade adieu to that army, who would have given him their blood; who would have made him perpetual Dictator: He became a private citizen with that people, who could not have refused him a Throne." (pp. 11-12)
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