Washington was dying, but that didn’t stop his doctors from administering a gruesome regiment of bloodletting and archaic medicines.
There was no relief to be had for the General. When the doctors did manage to relieve one means of suffering, another seemed to inexplicably appear.
The scene was desperate, with servants and family rushing to meet the doctors’ demands.
Finally, Washington insisted that the medicos depart and asked his personal secretary to ensure that three days passed before entombment.
Mount Vernon was soaked in dismay, exposing all to heartache.
Oddly, no one paid Martha much mind.
Or her voodoo doll.