Borrowing, and what came of it
Talk about WashingtonWeems' Life of WashingtonBorrowing the BookConsequences of Borrowing BooksPleasant HoursA Rain ruins the BookSorrowing over itProposition to Crawford, the OwnerHis ExtortionA Hard ManCuts Three Acres of Fodder to Pay for BookAfterwards worked for Crawford, with his SisterThe Kentucky PreceptorAppearance of Josiah CrawfordHis Nose in Abe's Verse and ChroniclesWhat Mrs. Crawford says about his being PresidentAbraham kicked seriously by a HorseCluck
The greatest man that ever lived! said Abraham, as he sat upon a log in the woods, conversing with David Turnham. This country has a right to be proud of Washington.
That is your opinion; but I guess the British wont say so, answered David.
And that is just because they were whipped by him; and they dont want to own up.
How do you know so much about Washington, Abe?
Because I have read about him, and I always heard that he made the red-coats run for life.
What do you mean by the red-coats?
Why, the British, to be sure. They were called red-coats because they wore coats of that colour. I expect that they looked splendidly, though they didnt feel very splendidly, I guess, after they got whipped.
Have you read the Life of Washington?
Of course I have, a good while ago. I read Ramsays Life of Washington, and that shows that he was the greatest man who ever lived.
Is that like the one Josiah Crawford has?
I didnt know that Mr. Crawford had a Life of Washington.
Well, he has; for I heard him talking with father about it.
How long ago?
Not more than two or three weeks ago.
You dont know the name of the author? There are lives of Washington written by different men.
I dont remember who wrote this. I didnt mind much about what they were saying.
I can find out, added Abraham; and he did find out. He embraced the first opportunity to inquire of a neighbour, and learned that it was Weemss Life of Washington that Mr. Crawford owned.
Can I borrow it? he inquired of his parents, for he was very anxious to read it.
Perhaps he wont like to lend it, answered his mother.
I shall find that out when I ask him, said Abraham.
And you should tell him that you will not take it unless he is perfectly willing to let you have it.
Then I may ask him, may I?
If you are very desirous to read it.
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