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Titel: First English reading book: Engelsch leesboek voor instituten, gymnasiën en hoogere burgerscholen: met Nederlandsche woordenlijst
Auteur: Herrig, Ludwig
Uitgave: Arnhem: J. Voltelen, 1869 *
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Citeerinstructie: Bijzondere Collecties van de Universiteit van Amsterdam, UBM: IWO 513 H 21
URL: https://schoolmuseum.uba.uva.nl/bookid/LCSM_204683
Onderwerp: Taal- en letterkunde naar afzonderlijke talen: Engelse taalkunde
Trefwoord: Leesvaardigheid, Engels, Leermiddelen (vorm)
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the Americans, by the isthmus of Charles-
town, but even uncovered and swept the
interior of the ti^ench, which was battered
in front at the same time. The ammuni-
tion of the Americans was nearly exhaust-
ed, and they could have no hopes of a re-
cruit. Their fire must of necessity languish.
Meanwhile, the English had advanced to
the foot of the redoubt. The provincials,
destitute of bayonets, defended themselves
valiantly with the buttends of their mus-
kets; but, the redoubt being already full of
enemies, the American general gave the
signal of retreat, and drew off his men.
This victory cost the victors dear. The
loss on the part of the Americans was still
more severe; but the number of British of-
ficers, who fell in this warmly-contested
battle, far exceeded in proportion that of
the private men. The battle of Bunker's
Hill was fought on the 17th of June, 1775.
82. YANKEE DOODLE.
A Yankee boy is trim and tall,
And never over fat. Sir;
At dance and frolic, hop and ball,
As nimble as a rat, Sir.
Yankee doodle guard your coast,
Yankee doodle dandy,
Fear not then, nor threat nor boast,
Yankee doodle dandy.
He's always out on training «lay.
Commencement or Election;
At truck and trade he knows the way
Of thriving to perfection.
Yankee doodle etc.
His door is always open found.
His cider of the best, Sir,
His board with pumpkin pie is crown'd,
And welcome every guest, Sir.
Yankee doodle etc.
Tho" rough and little is his farm.
That little is his own, Sir,
His heart is strong, his heart is warm,
'Tis truth's and honour's throne, Sir.
Yankee doodle etc.
His Country is his pride and boast,
He'll ever prove true blue, Sir,
"When calfd upon to give his toast,
'Tis 'Yankee doodle doo,' Sir.
Yankee doodle guard your coast,
Yankee doodle dandy,
Fear not then, nor threat nor boast,
Yankee doodle dandv.
rEr. Sheclcburg.;
83. GEORGE WASHINGTON.
George Washington, the great American
general and legislator, was born in Vir-
ginia on the 22nd of February, 1782. His
family was originally ^of Cheshire, but
settled in America in 1630. His father Mr.
Augustus Washington was a man of con-
siderable landed property. Young Washing-
ton received his education at home, under
a private tutor; after which, he became an
eminent land surveyor, and was distinguished
for the accuracy and masterly style of his
plans.
He was major of the militia of Virginia,
when very young; and in 1753, was sent
to the French commander on the Ohio, to
comjdain of inroads made on the British
territory; in which commission he acquitted
himself with great spirit. He, also, nego-
ciated a treaty with the six nations, and
other western tribes of Indians, for which
services, on his return, he received the
thanks of his country. In the war between
England and France, he served as colonel,
under the unfortunate general Braddock.
Mr. Washington, on that occasion, pve
strong proofs of his courage and military
skill, particularly in conducting the retreat
of the vanquished army. Having resigned
his military command, on account of ill
health, he was elected member to the as-
sembly of his province.
W^hen the dispute between England and
her American colonies had passed beyond
all hopes of conciliation, the eyes of his
counti7men were fixed upon Washington;
and he was appointed commander in chief
of the American forces. It would be useless,
now, to trace the course of that war.
Washington conducted the war with con-
summate prudence and skill. So great was
his caution, at times, that the ignorant and
vain attributed his movements even to cow-
ardice. Events have shewn that they little
knew how to comprehend the nature of
the greater valour, that of subduing pride
when circumstances demand patience, and
a check upon the bravery of the troops
you command. There were several occa-
sions, on which Washington displayed fine
generalship and bravery in aggressive move-
ments; as he had before shewn, an im-
moveable coolness when he could not act
without unnecessary hazard to the cause
of the nation, who, in that moment solely
depended upon every resolution that he
formed. After witnessing, at the peace of
1783, the acknowledgement of American
independence, he retired to private and
domestic life.