The Rupert Hughes Collection of Material on George Washington was gathered together by Hughes in the course of writing his three-volume life of Washington, 1926–1930. The collection of 270 volumes and sixty pamphlets on Washington and his times is augmented by transcripts of letters, all concerned with Washington, in the Clements and Huntington Libraries and clippings. No original Washington manuscript material is present, however. Many of the pamphlets date from Washington’s own time. There is an early edition (1804) of Weems’ Life of Washington in which the author concocted the fable of the cherry tree. Among other early lives of the General are those by Aaron Bancroft (1808), John Corry (1810), and David Ramsay (1811).
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