Saturday, September 24, 2016

Slave Quarters

An excerpt from The Romance of the Civil Warby Albert Bushnell Hart, Elizabeth Stevens:

Also see a post from my Detour Through History blog.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Benjamin Franklin And The Constitution

A Portion Of The Scene At The Signing Of The Constitution

An excerpt of The New Nation Grows, Volume Two, included the following "[from a speech at the Constitutional Convention in 1787 written by Benjamin Franklin (read by Mr. Wilson)]:... ."

"I confess that there are several parts of this Constitution which I do not at present approve, but I am not sure I shall never approve them. For having lived long, I have experienced many instances of being obliged by better information, or fuller consideration, to change opinions even on important subjects, which I once thought right, but found to be otherwise. It is therefore that, the older I grow, the more apt I am to doubt my own judgment, and to pay more respect to the judgment of others."

Monday, September 12, 2016

Fighting Men


"Fighting men of Highland Catholic Jacobite clan who fought in Canada to gain it for, and preserve it to, the Crown, and for the honour of the name of Glengarry."

Thursday, September 8, 2016

When Spencer Met Gorham

Map of the Phelps And Gorham Purchase


"...Robert Morris bought a tract of 1,267,000 acres of land in western New York from Phelps and Gorham, partners, who had obtained title from the state of Massachusetts. Morris shortly sold his land to a syndicate of English capitalists, but his son, Thomas, nevertheless came to Canandaigua to reside in 1792, making the place his permanent home. At the time of his hospitality to Spencer he was both a new resident of Canandaigua and a young man, being about twenty-three years of age.

I entered the ferry-house where we found Mr. Nathaniel Gorham... .  Here we spent the night, and on the next morning after a very early breakfast set out on horseback (a separate horse being provided for me) for Canandaigua. Traveling rapidly and stopping only an hour at noon to bait our horses and take a luncheon of biscuit and cheese, we rested at night at an Indian village; and on the next day, dining at about twelve o'clock at a tavern near the west bank of the Genesee, arrived at Canandaigua a little after dark; thus performing a journey of nearly a hundred miles through the wilderness, along a footpath, in two days.  [Source - The Indian Captivity Of O. M. Spencer]