Wednesday, December 14, 2011

December 14, 1799

Lucretia Wilhelmina Van Winter sent George Washington a poem she wrote in his honor.

In March 1784, Washington thanked Van Winter but deflected the praise.  "At best I have only been an instrument in the hands of Providence, to effect, with the aid of France and many virtuous fellow Citizens of America,...the emancipation of a country which may afford an Asylum...to the oppressed and needy of the Earth."

On December 14, 1799, George Washington died at his home, Mount Vernon.  Washington's will left instructions for the emancipation of all his slaves and established a fund for the elderly and orphaned among them.  
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