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The First Continental Congress Responds to the Intolerable Acts

The summer of 1774 was eventful for the colonists of British North America. News of Parliament’s harsh measures against Massachusetts, and particularly Boston, for the destruction of East India tea back in December 1773, produced much anxiety and sympathy...

Silas Deane, Forgotten Patriot

Silas Deane assisted the Patriot cause as a congressman, merchant, and diplomat. In 1776, Deane undertook a mission to France as the Patriots’ official, unofficial envoy. Officially, Deane arrived in Paris to conduct business as a private merchant....

“An object of nearly universal detestation”

After the royal authorities published the private letters they had captured on Benjamin Hichborn in August 1775, what was the fallout for the men who had written those letters? Unfortunately for unabashed gossips, there aren’t a lot of good sources...
From: Boston 1775 on 26 Jul 2014

“Genuine Copies of the Intercepted Letters” in the Press

For the royal authorities in Boston, the letters that Benjamin Hichborn had carried from Philadelphia were the equivalent of today’s intercepted radio communications. Those papers contained some sensitive information about the enemy’s army—for example,...
From: Boston 1775 on 24 Jul 2014

“By such a mere accident as this”

Yesterday we left Benjamin Hichborn on the Royal Navy ship Swan, commanded by Capt. James Ayscough, on the way to Rhode Island. Hichborn had taken it upon himself to carry letters to Massachusetts for two Continental Congress delegates, and he didn’t...
From: Boston 1775 on 22 Jul 2014

“It would give him the Appearance of having my Confidence”

When John Adams wrote those cranky letters from Philadelphia that I quoted yesterday, he had someone looking over his shoulder: a young lawyer named Benjamin Hichborn (1746-1817).Hichborn was a cousin of Paul Revere, but he came from a branch of the family...
From: Boston 1775 on 20 Jul 2014

John Adams and “the Oddity of a great Man”

Abigail Adams wasn’t the only person reporting to her husband John about public reaction in Massachusetts to the arrival of Gen. George Washington and Gen. Charles Lee in early July 1775.Legislative leader James Warren was another Adams confidant. On...
From: Boston 1775 on 19 Jul 2014

Our Declarations

Yet another new book of Revolutionary history that’s been getting a lot of press lately is Danielle Allen’s Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality. And by “a lot of press” I mean that in one week Allen’s...
From: Boston 1775 on 8 Jul 2014

The JuntoCast, Episode 11: The Declaration of Independence

In celebration of July 4, Ken Owen, Michael Hattem, and Roy Rogers discuss the Declaration of Independence, including why it took so long to achieve independence, the utility of the document itself, and strategies for teaching the Declaration. Also, this...
From: The Junto on 26 Jun 2014

The Second Amendment’s Historic Moment

In considering the Second Amendment, I think it’s valuable to recognize the unusual historical moment in which it was enacted.Whig political philosophy had long warned against a large “standing army”—i.e., the sort of military we now have—as...
From: Boston 1775 on 30 May 2014

Presentation Swords for 10 Revolutionary War Heroes

While researching my book Kidnapping the Enemy: The Special Operations to Capture Generals Charles Lee and Richard Prescott (Westholme, 2014), I was thrilled to learn that the Continental Congress had passed a resolution directing that an “elegant sword”...

The Fate of Don Galvez’s Portrait

Yesterday’s posting described how in May 1783 Oliver Pollock gave the Continental Congress a portrait of Don Bernardo de Gálvez, who as Spanish governor of Louisiana had been a strong ally for the new U.S. of A. After being displayed for a day in the...
From: Boston 1775 on 9 May 2014

Congress’s Portrait of Bernardo de Gálvez

A couple of folks have pointed us to a Los Angeles Times article that begins:Teresa Valcarce wants to see Congress keep a promise it made in 1783.Back then, the year the Revolutionary War ended, Congress agreed to display a portrait of Bernardo de Galvez...
From: Boston 1775 on 8 May 2014

Paul Revere’s Other Rides

Myth: “The fate of a nation was riding that night,” ­Longfellow wrote. Fortunately, a heroic rider from Boston woke up the sleepy-eyed farmers just in time. Thanks to Revere, the farmers grabbed their muskets and the American Revolution was underway:...

Dating the Forster Flag

Today Doyle New York auctions the Forster Flag, an unusual banner said to date from the Revolutionary War (shown here before its recent conservation).As I discussed yesterday, the family that owned the flag in the nineteenth and most of the twentieth...
From: Boston 1775 on 9 Apr 2014

The Importance of Observation and Inspection

Second Continental Congress voting on independence. Source: Library of Congress In popular media, the soldiers of the Revolution and the members of the Continental Congress generally take center stage.  It’s actually not fair; John Adams gets a full...

Rhode Island Prepares for War

Samuel Ward was one of Rhode Island’s delegates to the First Continental Congress in 1774. There he met John Dickinson of Pennsylvania, Richard Henry Lee of Virginia, and other men pushing for a united opposition to the London government’s strictures...
From: Boston 1775 on 14 Dec 2013

Congress Bans Theatre!

William Hogarth etching The Laughing Audience (1733) depicts eighteenth-century theater scene. As a near-life-long New York resident and “struggling actor,” it is always a pleasure to see the ever-present throngs of theatre-goers throughout...

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