Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Now I really must be going


George Washington died on this day in 1799.

On his deathbed, Washington said: "Doctor, I die hard, but I am not afraid to go. My breath cannot last long."

Later he said: "I am just going. Have me decently buried, and do not let my body be put into the vault in less than three days after I am dead. Do you understand?"

"Yes, sir," the doctor replied.

"'Tis well," answered Washington.

(See December 6 to read about the Washington Monument.)