Edward Bennett Williams wanted to be in control to the end, and a little beyond. Before he died, his family suggested that the funeral be held at Holy Trinity, a lovely neo-Georgian church in Georgetown. Too small, said Williams. He wanted the service to be held at St. Matthew's Cathedral, a Romanesque monstrosity downtown. His children teased him for his vanity. They assumed that the church would be half empty, since most of official Washington had fled the city's late-summer torpor for the mountains or the seashore.
- From The Man to See: Edward Bennett Williams: Ultimate Insider; Legendary Trial Lawyer by Evan Thomas