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WASHINGTON AND THE AMERICAN ARMY
NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE

troops amounted to about fourteen thousand men. They were extended all round the peninsula of Boston-a space of twelve miles from the high grounds of Roxbury on the right to Mystic River on the left. Some were living in tents of sail-cloth, some in shanties rudely constructed of boards, some in huts of stone or turf with curious windows and doors of basket-work.
In order to be near the center and oversee the whole of this wide-stretched army, the Commander-in-chief made io his headquarters at Cambridge, about half a mile from the colleges. A mansion-house, which perhaps had been the countryseat of some Tory gentleman, was provided for his residence.
" When General Washington first entered this mansion," said Grandfather, "he was ushered up the staircase and shown into a handsome apartment. He sat down in a large chair which was the most conspicuous object in the room. The noble figure of Washington would have done honor to a throne. As he sat there with his hand resting on the hilt of his sheathed sword, which was placed between his knees, his whole aspect well befitted the chosen man on whom his country leaned for the defense of her dearest rights. America seemed safe under his protection. His face was grander than any sculptor had ever wrought in marble; none could behold him without awe and reverence. Never before had the lion's head at the summit of the chair looked down upon such a face and form as Washington's."
" Why, Grandfather!" cried Clara, clasping her hands in amazement, "was it really? Did General Washington sit in our great chair?"
" I knew how it would be," said Laurence; "I foresaw it the moment Grandfather began to speak."
Grandfather smiled. But, turning from the personal

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