In Virginia, tunc temporis regni Britannici provincia, octavo kalendas Martii, annoque salutis millesimo septingentesimo et tricesimo secundo, dux inclytus noster, patriae decus, Georgius Washingtonius natus est.

So opens Georgii Washingtonii, Americae Septentrionalis Civitatum Foederatum Praesidis Primi, Vita a biography in Latin prose of George Washington written in 1822 by Francis Glass and edited by J.N. Reynolds. The book follows America's first president from birth through the French and Indian War to the American Revolution to his presidency and on to the end. Mount Vernon is much described and lauded, as is Martha Washington, all in a Latin almost classical enough to be Cicero's.

Glass was a schoolteacher in Ohio who kept body and soul together by offering the benefits of "an English education" (as Reynolds put it in his introduction), primarily Latin and Greek, to new-minted Americans, having moved there to get away from "an unfortunate marriage, [contracted] in a state, as he said, of partial insanity."

I stole this book from my high school library. I'm so ashamed.

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