Tuesday, February 22, 2011

George Washington: or, Life in America one hundred years ago By John Stevens Cabot Abbott

This is a very good book written by a renowned historian. In this book, John Stevens Cabot Abbott catches and shares a rare glimpse of George Washington that inspired me. 

A little bit about the Author: John Stevens Cabot Abbott (September 19, 1805 – June 17, 1877), Was an American historian, pastor, and pedagogical writer, born in Brunswick, Maine. Education: Bowdoin College, Andover Theological Seminary (Baptist).

Some excerpts from the book:

George Washington's UPBRINGING: "It is the uncontradicted testimony that the mother of George Washington was, by instinct and culture, a lady; she had a superior mind, well disciplined by study, and was a cheerful, devout Christian." Page 12


George Washington's HONESTY: One morning, as the colts were feeding upon the lawn, George, who had some companions visiting him, approached the high-blooded steed, and after soothing him for some time with caresses, watched his opportunity and leaped upon his back. The colt, for a moment, seemed stupefied with surprise and indignation. Then, after a few desperate, but unavailing attempts, by rearing and plunging, to throw his rider, he dashed over the fields with the speed of the wind. George, glorying in his achievement, and inconsiderate of the peril to which he was exposing the animal, gave the frantic steed the rein. When the horse began to show signs of exhaustion, he urged him on, hoping thus to subdue him to perfect docility. The result was that a blood-vessel was burst, and the horse dropped dead beneath his rider. George, greatly agitated by the calamity, hastened to his mother with the tidings. Her characteristic reply was: "My son, I forgive you, because you have had the courage to tell me the truth at once. Had you skulked away, I should have despised you." Page 16

George Washington's INTEGRITY: "....he took deliberate aim, it is said, at Washington and fired, at a distance of not more than fifteen paces. The ball barely missed its target. The Indian sprang into the woods. Indignation gave speed to the feet of his pursuers. He was soon caught. The companion of Washington urged that the savage should immediately be put to death. But Washington recoiled from the idea of shooting a man in cold blood. Having disarmed the assassin, he turned him adrift in the wilderness." Page 48

This is all I have read so far. And from what I have read George Washington was a true Christian example that I would like to see more often in this world. I have enjoyed the Author's writing style and truly appreciate this seemingly rare glimpse of the character of George Washington. I look forward to reading the rest of it. And here is the link if you would like to do the same.

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1 comment:

Jim Swindle said...

George Washington was a God-fearing man and in many ways a great example. He also had spiritual flaws. He attended worship, but did not take communion. He was a member of the Masonic lodge, which is a pseudo-godly organization. See this for a bit about his Masonic life.