On Thursday December 12, 1799, George Washington became ill after inspecting his farm on horseback. The weather was dreadful. It was cold, wet with snow, hail and some freezing rain. Instead of changing his wet clothes when he returned home, he sat for dinner with his guests. That night he felt off and told Martha he was not well. The discomfort was in his throat. The next day, December 13 he wrote his final entry in his diary. He wrote:
"Morning Snowing & abt. 3 Inches deep Wind at No. Et. & Mer. at 30. Contg. Snowing till 1 Oclock and abt. 4 it became perfectly clear, Wind in the same place but not hard. Mer. 28 at Night." .. He again went to work in bad weather, marking trees on his property for cutting. That night he complained that his throat and chest were not well. His mood was calm and witnesses claim he was almost cheerful. The next morning he woke in terrible pain. He was having a hard time breathing and called for George Rawlins to remove nearly a pint of his blood. Soon after several doctors were summoned to his bedside. Not a single one knew what was ailing him. More blood was drained from the Washington's weakened body. Five pints to be exact. Frustrated and tired, George Washington instructed those present to stop in their attempts to save his life. He is on record as saying, "Doctor, I die hard, but I am not afraid to go." He ordered those to wait three days after his death before his burial. He was frightened at being burred alive. His last words were: "Tis well." President George Washington died peacefully with Martha by his side at roughly 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 14, 1799 at age 67.
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