| American History Stories, Volume III|
|by Mara L. Pratt|
|Anecdotes from the time Washington became president through the War of 1812, the rise of Andrew Jackson, and the sectional differences leading to the Civil War. Numerous black and white illustrations complement the text. Ages 8-12 |
Washington was wise in his choice of men to help him carry on his
work as President. He was as wise in his judgment of
men, a friend once said of him, as he was in his
judgment of horses. As he never trained for the saddle
a colt that was fitted to the plow, so he never chose
as an aid in government a man who was better fitted for
other lines of work.
"In choosing Alexander Hamilton and Col. Meade for his
aids," said Col. Meade himself, "Washington displayed
his usual good judgment. For Hamilton was a vigorous
 writer and a strong thinker. I was only a fearless
horseman. So you see Hamilton did the headwork and I
did the riding."
At the close of the war, when Washington was taking
leave of his aids, he said:—
"Hamilton, you ought to go to the bar. You might
easily become a leading lawyer. And you, friend, Dick,
should go to your plantation. You have it in you to
make a noble, honest farmer—just such a one as
our country needs. It is indeed such men as you that
make a country."
Hamilton did become a leader of the New York Bar, and
Meade became the famous plantation holder that
Washington had hoped he might become.
Several years after this, Meade visited Washington at
his home. Washington, gallant host that he was, rode
out to meet him. They met at a pair of
draw-bars—one on either side.
"Allow me to let down the bars," said Meade, "for my
"Friend Dick," said Washington, "here, as your host, it
is my privilege to take down the bars."
For an instant both stood, hats in hand, each
courteously waiting to serve the other.
Then with the ready wit and hearty manner which
belonged always to Meade, he said, "Very well, General,
then allow me to be your aid still."
Hundreds of additional titles available for
online reading when you join Gateway to the Classics