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I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.

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Source Notes: Source: NATHAN HALE, last words before being hanged by the British as a spy, September 22, 1776. Possibly inspired by Joseph Addisons celebrated tragedy, Cato , in which Cato says, when the body of his son is brought before him: How beautiful is death when earned by virtue. Who would not be that youth? What pity is it that we can die but once to serve our country!George Dudley Seymour, Captain Nathan Hale, Major John Palsgrave Wyllys, A Digressive History, p. 39 .See note at No. 1561.

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Nathan Hale (June 6, 1755September 22, 1776) was a captain in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. Hale was most famous for his service as a spy; he volunteered for an intelligence-gathering mission and was caught and executed. Hale has long been considered an American hero, and in 1985 he was officially designated the State Hero of Connecticut. A large statue of Hale is located outside the headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency in Washington, DC.

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