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whole life has been so uniformly and singu-
JAMES CRAIK, Attending Physician.
WASHINGTON's FUNERAL. Extract of a letter from a correspondent in Alex
andria, dated Dec. 19, 1799. • YESTERDAY I attended the Funeral of the saviour of our country at Mount Vernon ; and had the honour of being one who carried his body to the vault. He was borne by military gentlemen, and brethren of our lodge, of which he was formerly master. I inclose you a sketch of the procession. To describe the scene is impossible. The coffin bore his sword and apron; and the members of the lodge walked as mourners. His horse was led, properly caparisoned, by two of his servants, in mourning.
“ As I helped place his body in the vault, and stood at the door while funeral service was performing, I had the best opportunity of observing the countenances of all. Every one was affected, but none so much as his domestics of all ages.
Georgetown, December 20, 1799. ON Wednesday last, the mortal part of WASHINGTON the great-the father of his country and the friend of man, was consigned to the tomb, with solemn honours and fune
A MULTITUDE of persons assembled, from many miles around, at Mount Vernon, the choice abode and last residence of the illustrious chief. There were the groves, the spacious avenues, the beautiful and sublime scenes, the noble mansion ; but, alas ! the august inhabitant was now no more. That great soul was gone. His mortal part was there indeed; but ah! how affecting ! how awful the spectacle of such worth and greatness, thus, to mortal eyes, fallen : yes ! fallen! fallen!
In the long and lofty portico, where oft the hero walked in all his glory, now lay the
The countenance still composed and serene, seemed to express the dignity of the spirit which lately dwelt in that lifeless form. There those who paid the last sad honours to the benefactor of his country, took an impressive, a farewel view.
On the ornament, at the head of the cof. fin, was inscribed SURGE AD JUDICIUM ; about the middle of the coffin, GLORIA Deo ; and on the silver plate,
GENERAL George Wathington, DEPARTED THIS LIFE, ON THE 14th Dec. 1799,
BETWEEN three and four o'clock, the sound of artillery from a vessel in the river, firing minute
awoke afresh our solemn sorrow; the corpse was moved ; a band of music with mournful melody, melted the soul into all the tenderness of woe.
THE procession was formed and moved on in the following order :
Cavalry, } with arms reversed.
Clergy, The general's horse, with his saddle, hol
sters, and pistols. Col. SIMMS,
When the procession had arrived at the bottom of the elevated lawn, on the banks of the Potomac, where the family vault is placed, the cavalry halted, the infantry marched towards the Mount and formed the inlines; the clergy, the masonic brothers, and the citizens, descended to the vault, and the funeral service of the church was performed. The firing was repeated from the vessel in the river, and the sounds echoed from the woods and hills around.
THREE general discharges-by the infantry, the cavalry, and eleyen pieces of artillery, which lined the banks of the Potomac back of the vault, paid the last tribute to the entombed commander in chief of the armics of the United States, and to the venerable departed hero.
THE sun was now setting.
Alas! the SUN OF GLORY was set forever. Northe name of WASHINGTON, the American President and General will triumph over death; the unclouded brightness of his glory will illuminate future ages.
MR. SHAW, secretary to the president, communicated the following message :
Gentlemen of the Senate, and
Gentlemen of the House of Representatives,
IN compliance with the request in one of the resolutions of Congress of the 21st of December last, I transmitted a copy of those resolutions by my secretary, Mr. Shaw, to Mrs. WASHINGTON, assuring her of the profound respect Congress will ever bear to her