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THE

HOME OF WASHINGTON;

OR

MOUNT VERNON AND ITS ASSOCIATIONS,

HISTORICAL, BIOGRAPHICAL, AND PICTORIAL

the

BY BENSON J. LOSSING.

ILLUSTRATED BY NUMEROUS ENGRAVINGS

CHIEFLY FROM ORIGINAL DRAWINGS BY THE AUTHOR, ENGRAVED BY LOSSING & BARRITT

Published by Subscription only.

VIRTUE

NEW YORK:

&

12 DEY STREET.

YORSTON,

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Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1870 by
BENSON J. LOSSING.

In the Clerk's Office of the District Court, for the Southern District of New York.

TO HIS

PATRIOTIC COUNTRY WOMEN,

BY WHOSE EFFORTS

Che Home and Tomb of Washington

HAVE BEEN RESCUED

FROM DECAY,

This Volume is Dedicated

BY

THE AUTHOR.

PREFACE.

THE materials of which this volume is composed, were col lected by the writer many years ago, during visits to Mount Vernon, and also Arlington House, the residence of the family of George Washington Parke Custis, the adopted son of Washington. Careful search was made elsewhere for mementoes of the domestic life of Washington and of his Home on the banks of the Potomac River; and faithful drawings of objects and transcriptions of documents were made, wherever found. It is believed that few of such objects of interest have escaped notice. Delineations and descriptions of these, and facts concerning Mount Vernon, of every kind, have been arranged in proper order in the following pages, and so present quite a complete picture of the private and domestic life of the Father of his Country; for that life, from his earliest childhood, war associated with Mount Vernon.

Had the collection of the contents of this Volume been delayed a little longer, it could never have been made, for almost every relic of Washington that remained at his Home when it passed into the possession of The Ladies Mount Ver non Association, was borne away by the retiring proprietor. These and many others at Arlington House were, during the the terrible storms of Civil War which frequently swept over Virginia, widely scattered, and it is believed that many per

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