After George Washington’s Mysterious Death, The British Revealed Their True Feelings About Him

It was George Washington’s last day. The great man had fallen ill just 24 hours earlier on December 13, 1799, with what at first appeared to be nothing more than a cold and sore throat. But a bevy of doctors struggled to halt the increasing severity of his symptoms, which grew to include breathing difficulties. And when Washington’s death came soon afterwards, the still-young nation that the former president had once led was plunged in mourning. What was truly surprising, though, was the reaction of his old enemy, the British, to the news.