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used in 1776

18 uses
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1  —6 uses as in:
establish a positive tone
create, start, or set in [a] place
  • The rebellious war .... is manifestly carried on for the purpose of establishing an independent empire.
    p. 11.7
establishing = creating
  • For Washington, who had a fondness for handsome architecture and river views, the house suited perfectly and would serve as his command headquarters through the siege, with his office established in a drawing room off the front hall.
    p. 41.9
  • established = settled
  • "To attempt to introduce discipline and subordination into a new army must always be a work of much difficulty," Reed wrote to his wife, "but where the principles of democracy so universally prevail, where so great an equality and so thorough a leveling spirit predominates, either no discipline can be established, or he who attempts it must become odious and detestable, a position which no one will choose."
    p. 226.1
  • established = created
  • Only weeks before, Greene had demonstrated both rare foresight and a marked gift for organization when he recommended to Washington, and Washington agreed, that a series of supply depots be established across New Jersey, along what might, of necessity, become the army's path of retreat, should the British make a drive toward Philadelphia.
    p. 245.6
  • established = created
  • Their commander, Colonel Rall, had established himself in an ample frame house on King Street, the home of an owner of an iron furnace, Stacy Potts, who was happy to have the colonel as his guest.
    p. 278.8
  • established = settled
  • In his letter of reply to the members of Congress, Washington wrote: Instead of thinking myself freed from all civil obligations by this mark of their confidence, I shall constantly bear in mind that as the sword was the last resort for the preservation of our liberties, so it ought to be the first thing laid aside when those liberties are firmly established.
    p. 286.7
established = created
There are no more uses of "establish" flagged with this meaning in 1776.

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  • Much of the time since, he had conducted the war from established headquarters in elegant houses.
    p. 277.8
  • I doubt not America will always find enough of her sons ready to flock to her standard, and support her freedom; but experience proves that experienced soldiers are more capable of performing the duties of the camp, and better qualified to face the enemy, than others; and therefore every friend of America will be desirous that most of the gentlemen who compose the present army may continue in the service of their country until "Liberty, Peace, and Safety" are established.
    p. 63.1
  • In the House of Lords, in defense of the ministry, the Earl of Suffolk patiently and correctly explained that abandoning Boston had been the established policy since the previous October.
    p. 109.6
  • Some days later, after Martha Washington arrived, they would establish a country residence at a beautiful estate overlooking the Hudson River, the Abraham Mortier house (later known as Richmond Hill) two miles north, beyond the city limits.
    p. 121.2
  • Meanwhile, Cornwallis and the advance guard pressed directly inland for six miles to establish a camp at the little Dutch village of Flatbush, near the wooded Heights of Gowan.
    p. 157.6
  • Then, he and Major Mordecai Gist and no more than 250 Marylanders attacked Cornwallis in a headlong, valiant effort to cover the retreat of the others and perhaps even break through the redcoats who had established their line on the Gowanus Road beside a stone farmhouse.
    p. 177.4
  • There should be military academies established to "teach the art of war," Knox wrote, "and every other encouragement possible to draw persons into the army that may give luster to our arms."
    p. 215.9
  • Good officers were mandatory, and the only means to obtain good officers was to establish the army on a permanent footing.
    p. 226.5
  • The entry, dated November 7, affirmed that General Howe had by then established headquarters just six miles above King's Bridge, and that the next move would "probably be against Fort Washington."
    p. 237.8
  • To secure the ground gained in the campaign, he would establish a string of outposts in New Jersey.
    p. 267.3
  • Harassed by rebel patrols that kept coming over the Delaware, Rall had established outposts beyond the town and insisted that each night one company sleep with their muskets ready to be called out at a moment's notice, and they were called out, it seemed to some, more often than necessary.
    p. 279.3
  • Dr. Benjamin Rush, who had arrived with Cadwalader's brigades to help establish a field hospital, wrote later of this his first direct encounter with war.
    p. 287.3

There are no more uses of "establish" in 1776.

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