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Laboratory of Justice
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1THE LESSON OF LEECHES
To the memory of the MAN, first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen.
Thursday, December 12, 1799, George Washington awoke to an overcast and cold dawn. At ten that morning, he donned his greatcoat and set out to inspect his property. Snow, sleet, and, finally, a cold steady rain fell atop the great man’s shoulders. In his last diary entry, Washington wrote, “Morning snowing and about 3 inches deep. Wind at northeast and mercury at 30. Continuous snowing till 1 o’clock and about 4 it became