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Mason Weems (1756 – 1825)

Often referred to as Parson Weems, was an American printer and author known as the author of Life of Washington (1806), the source for several of the most famous legends about George Washington, "the Father of his Country," including the famous tale of the cherry tree.
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Mason Weems
I cannot tell a lie, I did it with my little hatchet.
Weems quotes
Feeling that the silver chord of life is loosing, and that his spirit is ready to quit her old companion the body, he extends himself on his bed closes his eyes for the last time, with his own hands folds his arms decently on his breast, then breathing out "Father of mercies! take me to thyself," he fell asleep. Swift on angels' wings the brightening saint ascended; while voices more than human were heard (in Fancy's ear) warbling through the happy regions, and hymning the great procession towards the gates of heaven. His glorious coming was seen far off, and myriads of mighty angels hastened forth, with golden harps, to welcome the honored stranger.
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