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to that union, which was the constant object of my
terrestrial labours : thus will you prea' serve undisturbed to the latest posterity, the felicity of a people to me most dear; and thus will you supply (if my happiness is now aught to you) the only vacancy in the round of pure bliss high heaven bestows."
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES
WHEREAS the Congress of the United States have this day resolved,“ That it be recommended to the people of the United States to assemble on the twenty-second day of February next, in such numbers and manner as may be convenient, publicly to testify their grief for the death of Gen. GEORGE WASHINGTON, by suitable eulogies, orations and discourses, or by public prayers :
:" and, “ That the President be requested to issue a proclamation for the purpose of carrying the foregoing resolution into effect.” NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOHN ADAMS, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim the same accordingly.
Given under my hand and the seal of
the United States, at Philadelphia, the sixth day of January, in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred, and of the independence of the said states the twenty fourth.
JOHN ADAMS By the President, TIMOTHY PICKERINC, Secretary of State.
Alexandria, (Virg.) December 21, 1799.
PARTICULAR ACCOUNT OF THE LATE ILLNESS AND DEATH OF
SOME time in the niglit of Friday, the 1oth instant, having been exposed to a rain on the preceding day, General WASHINGTON was attacked with an inflammatory affection of the upper part of the wind pipe, called in technical language Cynache Trachealis. The disease commenced with a violent ague, accompanied with some pain in the upper and fore part of the throat, a sense of stricture in the same part, a cough, and a difficult, rather than a painful deglutition, which were soon succeeded by fever and a quick and laborious respiration. The necessity of blood. letting suggesting itself to the General, he procured a bleeder in the neighbourhood, who took from his arm in the night twelve 'or fourteen ounces of blood. He could not by any means be prevailed on by the family to send for the attending physician till the following morning, who arrived at Mount Vernon at about ii o'clock on Saturday. Discovering the case to be highly alarming, and foreseeing the fatal tendency of the disease, two consulting physicians were immediately sent for, who arrived, one at half after three, and the other at four o'clock in the afternoon : in the mean time were employed two pretty copious bleedings, a blister was applied to the part affected, two moderate doses of calomel were given, and an injection was administered, which operated on the lower intestines, but all without any perceptible advantage, the respiration becoming still more difficult and distressing. Upon the arrival of the first of the consulting physicians, it was agreed, as there were yet no signs of accumulation in the bronchial ves. sels of the lungs, to try the result of another bleeding, when about thirty-two ounces of blood were drawn, without the smallest apparent alleviation of the disease. Vapours of vinegar and water were frequently inhaled, ten grains of calomel were given, succeeded by repeated doses of emetic tartar, amounting in all to five or six grains, with no other effect than a copious discharge from the bowels. The powers of life seemed now manifestly yielding to the force of the disorder ; blisters were applied to the extremities, together with a cataplasm of bran and vinegar
to the throat. Speaking, which was painful from the beginning, now became almost impracticable ; respiration grew more and more contracted and imperfect, till half after II on Saturday night, retaining the full possession of his intellect—when he expired without a struggle.
He was fully impressed at the beginning of his complaint, as well as through every succeeding stage of it, that its conclusion would be mortal ; submitting to the several exertions made for his recovery, rather as a duty, than from any expectation of their efficacy. He considered the operations of death
system as cæval with the disease ; and several hours before his death, after repeated efforts to be understood, succeeded in expressing a desire that he might be permitted to die without further interruption.
DURING the short period of his illness, he economized his time, in the arrangement of such few concerns as required his attention, with the utmost serenity; and anticipated his approaching dissolution with every demon. stration of that equanimity for which his