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As a memorial of veneration and gratitude to the “ Man of the Age,” this volume is presented to the Public. In selecting its contents from the numerous Orations delivered on the death of this illustrious character, the Publishers have been guided less by their own, than by public opinion.
Many Orations, probably of equal merit with those contained in this volume, have from necessity been omitted. They have aimed to take some of the most valuable that have been delivered in differ. ent States.
Copyrights of many of the Eulogies and Orations inserted in this volume, have been secured according to Law.
By Major-General Henry Lee An EULOGY,
By the Hon. George Richards Minoti AN EULOGY,
By Jonathan Mitchel Sewall, Esq. AN ORATION,
By the Hon. Gouverneur Morris AN EULOGY,
By Thomas Paine, A.M. - An EULOGY,
By the Hon. John Brooks AN ORATION,
By the Hon. David Ramsay MASONIC EULOGY,
By George Blake, Esq. .
By the Hon. Fisher Ames - -
By John Davis, Esq.
By the Rev. William Linn, D.D. -
By the Hon. Ifaac Parker. - . A FUNERAL ORATION,
By the Rey. John M. Mason
By Major William Jackson
By Charles Pinckney Sumner, A. M.
EULOGIES AND ORATIONS.
Funeral Dration ON THE DEATH OF GENERAL WASHINGTON DELIVERED AT THE REQUEST OF CONGRESS, DEC. 26, 1799.
BY MAJOR-GENERAL HENRY LEE,
Member of Congress from Virginia.
IN obedience to your* will, I rise your humble organ, with the hope of executing a part of the system of public mourning which you have been pleased to adopt, commemorative of the death of the most illustrious and most beloved personage this country has ever produced ; and which, while it transmits to posterity your sense of the awful event, faintly represents your knowledge of the consummate excellence you fo cordially honour.
Desperate, indeed, is any attempt on earth to meet correspondently this difpenfation of Heaven; for, while with pious resignation we submit to the will of an allgracious Providence, we can never cease lamenting, in our finite view of Omnipotent Wisdom, the heart-renda ing privation for which our nation weeps. When the civilized world shakes to its centre; when every moment gives birth to strange and momentous changes ; when our peaceful quarter of the globe, exempt as it happily has been from any share in the slaughter of the
: * The two Houses of Congress,