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WASHINGTON FAMILY COPY (AMERICAN REVOLUTION.) Celebrated Speeches of Chatham, Burke, and Erskine . . .Selected by a Member of the Philadelphia Bar. 540 pages. 8vo, contemporary calf, moderate wear, backstrip darkened; moderate foxing; early owners' inscriptions on front endpapers and title page. Philadelphia, 1835
Several of the speeches were selected for their American interest, including William Pitt on the removal of troops from Boston, 1775; Edmund Burke on American taxation, 1774; and Thomas Erskine on the Thomas Paine trial, 1792. Early owner John Augustine Washington Jr. (1821-1861) was the grand-nephew of George Washington, the last Washington to reside at Mount Vernon, a Lieutenant Colonel in the Confederate army, and aide-de-camp to Robert E. Lee until his death early in the war. He signed the front pastedown as "John A. Washington, Mount Vernon, Virginia."