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    A newspaper account of the funeral procession of George Washington

    [George Washington's Funeral.] Newspaper: Federal Gazette & Baltimore Daily Advertiser. A rare newspaper account of the funeral of George Washington - "Washington the Great" - including an illustration of the location of the six pallbearers around "the corpse." Four pages, 12.5" x 19.5", December 21, 1799. The account, which reads like a eulogy, is framed in black border in the center of page three. The account reads in part, "On Wednesday last, the mortal part of Washington the Great - the Father of man, was consigned to the tomb with solemn honors & funereal pomp. A multitude of persons assembled, from many miles around, at Mount Vernon, the choice abode and last residence of the illustrious chief . . . but alas! The august inhabitant was no more. That great soul was gone. . . . In the long and lofty Portico where oft the hero walked in all his glory, now lay the shrouded corpse. The countenance, still composed and serene seemed to express the dignity of the spirit. . . . Between three and four o'clock, the sound of artillery from a vessel in the river, firing minute guns, awoke afresh our solemn sorrow - the corpse was moved - a band of music with mournful melody melted the soul."

    The account then reports the order of the procession. In part: "Cavalry - Infantry - Guards, (With arms reversed.) Music - Clergy. The General's Horse, (With his saddle, holsters and pistols.) The Corpse." Here, the account includes a simple coffin illustrating the locations of the pallbearers. On the left side were Charles Little, Philip Marsteller, and George Gilpin; on the right, William Payne, Dennis Ramsay, and Charles Simms. "When the procession had arrived at the bottom of the elevated lawn, on the banks of the Patomak, where the family vault is placed, the cavalry halted, the infantry marched towards the Mount and formed their lines - the clergy, the Masonic brothers and the citizens descended to the vault and the funeral service of the church was performed."

    The newspaper also includes other resolutions and eulogies concerning the departed president, including a eulogy by President John Adams. Minor foxing with some separation along the central vertical fold.

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