Washington’s Farewell Address September 19, 1796
"When Washington early in 1796 determined to retire in March, 1797, he revived the idea of issuing a valedictory address...
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During my search for documents and letters relating to Martha Washington, I’ve stumbled upon numerous interesting articles. One of the most attention-grabbing pieces was a short recipe for “lettis tart.” To begin, I had to wonder - what exactly is “lettis”? I assumed it simply was “lettuce” misspelled, but when I googled “lettis” to confirm my hunch, I found a blog post about a modern attempt at the recipe. It identified "lettis" as iceberg lettuce. Though a little research suggests that iceberg didn't exist in Martha's time, the post was all I had to go on, and by this time curiosity had gotten the best of me, so I added the ingredients to my grocery list.
Martha, sitting at the foot of her partner's bed, saw George's quiet become quieter. "Is he gone?" she asked. George's secretary (and Martha's friend) Tobias Lear couldn't speak. He held up his hand in assent. Martha said simply, "'Tis well. All is now over I shall soon follow him! I have no more trials to pass through!" She was wrong.