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The complete writings of Washington Irving, including his life

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Pages: 306

Book format: An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.

Publisher: Date:8/5/2009 - General Books LLC

By: Washington Irving

Excerpt from book: CHAPTER in. Paternal Conduct Of An Eldek Brother. — The Fairfax Family. - Washinoton's Code Of Morals And Manners. — Soldiers' Tales.— Their Influence. — Washington Prepares For The Navy. — A MothEr's Objections.— Return To School. — Studies And Exercises.— A 8chool-boy Pa8sion.—The Lowland Bea.utv.— Love Ditties At Mount Vehnon.—Visit To Belvoir.—Lord Fairfax.—His Character.—foxHunting A Remedy For Love.—Proposition For A Surveying ExpediTION. HE attachment of Lawrence Washington to his brother George seems to have acquired additional strength and tenderness on their father's death : he now took a truly paternal interest in his concerns, and had him as frequently as possible a guest at Mount Vernon. Lawrence had deservedly become a popular and leading personage in the country. He was a member of the House of Burgesses, and Adjutant-general of the district, with the rank of major, and a regular salary. A frequent sojourn with him brought George into familiar intercourse with the family of his father-in- law, the Hon. William Fairfax, who resided at a beautiful seat called Belvoir, a few miles below Mount Vernon, and on the same woody ridge bordering the Potomac. William Fairfax was a man of liberal education andintrinsic worth: he had seen much of the world, and his mind had been enriched and ripened by varied and adventurous experience. Of an ancient English family in Yorkshire, he had entered the army at the age of twenty- one : had served with honor both in the East and West Indies, and officiated as Governor of New Providence after having aided in rescuing it from pirates. For some years past he had resided in Virginia, to manage the immense landed estates of his cousin, Lord Fairfax, and lived at Belvoir in the style of an'English country gentleman, surrounded by a...  


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