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Humphreys, David 1752-1818

Overview
Works: 159 works in 796 publications in 2 languages and 12,879 library holdings
Genres: Poetry  Biography  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Drama  Personal narratives  Glossaries, vocabularies, etc  Records and correspondence  Portraits 
Roles: Author, Composer, Editor
Classifications: E207.P9, B
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An essay on the life of the Honourable Major General Israel Putnam by David Humphreys( Book )

123 editions published between 1788 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,291 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The "Historical and topographical sketch of Bunker Hill battle. By S. Swett", was first published in 1818, an edition being issued separately
David Humphreys' life of General Washington : with George Washington's "remarks" by David Humphreys( Book )

5 editions published between 1991 and 2006 in English and held by 559 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a remarkable feat of historical detective work, Rosemarie Zagarri has assembled manuscripts from three separate archives to reconstruct and publish for the first time in its full form the only biography of George Washington authorized by the general himself. Written by his close friend and military aide David Humphreys, it offers a rare, intimate glimpse of Washington's life, from his birth in 1732 until his assumption of the presidency in 1789. Best known as a minor poet of the Revolutionary War era, Humphreys became Washington's aide-de-camp during the war. Afterward, in 1786, he came to Mount Vernon at Washington's invitation and lived there for nearly three years, drawing on private papers and the general's reminiscences to compose the story of Washington's life. Before he finished, however, it became clear that Washington's story was far from over. The ratification of the Constitution paved the way for Washington's reluctant reentry into public life. Although Humphreys abandoned his plans for a full-scale biography, Zagarri has discovered that he did publish anonymously a much shorter version of his work as part of Jedidiah Morse's American Geography. Humphreys never published the fuller biography, which contained important details about Washington's childhood, his life at Mount Vernon, and his agonizing struggle over whether to accept the presidency. (Humphreys claims, in fact, to have been the first person with whom Washington discussed the presidency.) Washington reviewed a portion of Humphreys' manuscript for accuracy and added a detailed account of his experiences in the French and Indian War. The general described his frustration with British authorities over the need to defend the frontier, his horror at the war's carnage, his affection for his troops, and his terror at having to stop a group of British soldiers from firing on their compatriots. Washington's "Remarks," included in this edition, reveal a personal side that he seldom exposed in his letters or other writings. Zagarri has collated the three manuscripts -- located at the Rosenbach Museum and Library in Philadelphia, the Yale University Library, and the Forbes Magazine Collection in New York -- into a smooth narrative and has provided notes containing alternative readings of the text as well as substantive historical commentary. Her introduction places the work in both historical and literary perspective. Written at nearly the same time as Parson Weems' more famous but much less accurate account, Humphreys' biography challenges a host of stereotypical images and myths about the first president. It is a volume that will fascinate specialists and nonspecialists alike. - Jacket flap
The miscellaneous works of Colonel Humphreys by David Humphreys( Book )

22 editions published between 1790 and 1977 in English and Undetermined and held by 428 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The miscellaneous works by David Humphreys( Book )

19 editions published between 1804 and 1996 in English and held by 407 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A poem, on the happiness of America addressed to the citizens of the United States by David Humphreys( Book )

57 editions published between 1786 and 2005 in English and held by 385 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Anarchiad: a New England poem, 1786-1787 by Lemuel Hopkins( Book )

27 editions published between 1861 and 1996 in English and held by 368 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A poem on industry Addressed to the citizens of the United States of America by David Humphreys( Book )

30 editions published between 1794 and 2005 in English and held by 279 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Yankey in England a drama in five acts by David Humphreys( Book )

21 editions published between 1815 and 2011 in English and held by 277 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The life and heroic exploits of Israel Putnam by David Humphreys( Book )

35 editions published between 1833 and 1981 in English and held by 249 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A discourse on the agriculture of the state of Connecticut, and the means of making it more beneficial to the state by David Humphreys( Book )

8 editions published in 1816 in English and held by 226 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A poem, addressed to the armies of the United States of America. By a gentleman of the army. ; [Five lines of Latin quotations] by David Humphreys( Book )

47 editions published between 1780 and 2005 in English and French and held by 176 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aristocracy An epic poem ... [Bk. I-II] by Richard Alsop( )

39 editions published between 1795 and 2005 in English and held by 172 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Memoirs of the life, adventures, and military exploits of Israel Putnam senior major-general in the revolutionary Army of the United States, and next in rank to General Washington by David Humphreys( Book )

12 editions published between 1808 and 1845 in English and held by 171 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poems by Col. David Humphreys late aid-de-camp to His Excellency General Washington by David Humphreys( Book )

22 editions published between 1789 and 2005 in English and held by 164 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A valedictory discourse, delivered before the Cincinnati of Connecticut in Hartford, July 4th, 1804, at the dissolution of the Society by David Humphreys( Book )

13 editions published between 1804 and 1978 in English and held by 135 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The miscellaneous works of David Humphreys late minister plenipotentiary from the United States of America to the court of Madrid by David Humphreys( Book )

11 editions published between 1804 and 1967 in English and Undetermined and held by 130 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discours en vers, adressé aux officiers et aux soldats des différentes armées américaines by David Humphreys( Book )

28 editions published between 1786 and 2005 in French and English and held by 100 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A circular letter, addressed to the state societies of the Cincinnati, by the general meeting, convened at Philadelphia, May 3, 1784. Together with the institution, as altered and amended by Society of the Cincinnati( Book )

13 editions published between 1784 and 1956 in English and held by 91 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The glory of America ; or, Peace triumphant over war a poem by David Humphreys( Book )

11 editions published between 1783 and 1883 in English and held by 83 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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David Humphreys' life of General Washington : with George Washington's "remarks"
Alternative Names
David Humphreys American Revolutionary War soldier and politician

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French (28)

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David Humphreys' life of General Washington : with George Washington's "remarks"