When George Washington first took the oath I have just sworn to uphold, news traveled slowly across the land by horseback and across the ocean by boat. He stretched his arm wearily towards the foot of the bed, groping with his hand in the pockets of the coat that hung there. "And how much will YOU, Miles, have to tell him? There are things he'll ask you!" He turned it over. I had always my hypocrisy of "work," behind which, now, I gained the sofa.