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" I ever should have of you ? And though I wished to say No, my fears answered Yes. I called to mind the days of my youth, and found they had long since fled to return no more; that I was now descending the hill I had been fifty-two years climbing, and... "
The Writings of George Washington: pt. III. Private letters from the time ... - Page 76
by George Washington - 1847
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The Complete Writings of Washington Irving, Including His Life, Volume 12

Washington Irving - American literature - 1905
...that I was now descending the hill I had been fifty-two years climbing, and that, though I was blessed with a good constitution, I was of a short-lived family,...to the picture, and consequently, to my prospect of ever seeing you again." CHAPTER XXXV. 80HBME OF INLAND NAVIGATION.— SHAKES OP STOCK OFFERED TO WASHINGTON....
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Methodist Review, Volume 24

1842
...now descending the hill which I had been fifty-two years in climbing ; and that, though I was blessed with a good constitution, I was of a short-lived family,...of my fathers. These thoughts darkened the shades, gave a gloom to the picture, and clouded the prospect of seeing you again. But I will not repine ;...
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The Message of David Swing to His Generation: Addresses and Papers

David Swing - American essays - 1913 - 300 pages
...was now descending the hill I had been fifty-two years in climbing, and that although I was blessed with a good constitution I was of a short-lived family...consequently to my prospect of seeing you again." Strip this letter of its stateliness and it recalls a tearful carriage ride from Mt. Vernon to Annapolis....
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With Americans of Past and Present Days

Jean Jules Jusserand - France - 1916 - 350 pages
...that I was now descending the hill I had been fifty-two years climbing, and that, though I was blessed with a good constitution, I was of a shortlived family...seeing you again. But I will not repine; I have had my day."1 A portrait of Lafayette, his wife, and children was received the following year by Washington,...
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Mount Vernon: Washington's Home and the Nation's Shrine

Paul Wilstach - Mount Vernon (Va. : Estate) - 1916 - 301 pages
...years in climbing, and that, though I was blessed with a good constitution, I was of a short lived family, and might soon expect to be entombed in the...to the picture, and consequently, to my prospect of ever seeing you again." His premonition was correct. They did not see each other again. LaFayette,...
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George Washington

William Roscoe Thayer - 1922 - 274 pages
...that I was now descending the hill I had been fifty-two years climbing, and that, though I was blest with a good constitution, I was of a short-lived family...and consequently to my prospect of seeing you again. We should not overlook the fact that Washington declined all gifts, including a donation from Virginia,...
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Washington's Gardens at Mount Vernon: Landscape of the Inner Man

Mac K. Griswold - Gardening - 1999 - 192 pages
...return no more. For this. theit gratitude. l will nurture them while l stay." He added that he came from "a short-lived family. and might soon expect to be entombed in the dreary mansions of my fathers.... But l will not repine: l have had my day." lt's a stretch to say...
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For Liberty and Glory: Washington, Lafayette, and Their Revolutions

James R. Gaines - History - 2007 - 533 pages
...fathers. These things darkened the shades and gave a gloom to the picture, consequently to my prospects of seeing you again; but I will not repine, I have had my day. Washington never had a reputation for prophecy, and this letter would not have given him one. He was...
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A NORTHERN NO!

1848
...I was now descending the hill I had been fifty-two years in climbing, and that though I was blessed with a good constitution I was of a short-lived family,...gave a gloom to the picture, and consequently to my prospects of seeing you again." Strip the letter of its stateliness and it recalls a tearful 13 carriage...
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