Page:Boissonnas, Un Vaincu, English, 1875.djvu/19

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House[1], both famous for having been the residence of America's hero.

The books, the furniture -- what the Americans call the relics of Washington -- were part of the precious components of the heirloom and made of these two properties, places of pilgrimage for travelers of all nations.

It seems that it would have been pleasant for the young officer to spend his life in those beautiful estates, with a beloved wife, and to enjoy peacefully everything an immense fortune could give him. If the temptation arose -- and it must have -- it was defeated by the realization that work -- real work -- alone brings dignity to a life and is one of the

duties no one has the right to evade.

  1. On the Pamunkey River.