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“The ladies of Massachusetts begin to give their cheese”

On 8 Aug 1801, the Impartial Observer of Providence, said to be a “short-lived Jeffersonian paper," ran this exclusive news item:For the IMPARTIAL OBSERVER.The Cheshire Ladies’ respect to President Jefferson.In the town of Cheshire, state...
From: Boston 1775 on 8 Aug 2019

The Constitution Counted Free Women and Children—And It Mattered

As adopted by the Constitutional Convention, Article I, Section 2, Clause 3 of the Constitution mandated that the population numbers forming the basis for... The post The Constitution Counted Free Women and Children—And It Mattered appeared first...

This Week on Dispatches: John L. Smith, Jr. on John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and King Louis XVI together at Notre-Dame

On this week’s Dispatches host Brady Crytzer interviews actor, teacher, US Army and US Air Force veteran, and JAR contributor, John L. Smith, Jr., about... The post This Week on Dispatches: John L. Smith, Jr. on John Adams, Thomas Jefferson,...

The Day Nôtre Dame Cathedral Hosted Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and King Louis XVI

1785 was a rare year in Paris—it was safely nestled between revolutions. The American Revolution had come to an official end right there in... The post The Day Nôtre Dame Cathedral Hosted Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and King Louis XVI appeared...

Joanne Freeman on “Hamilton: The Exhibition”

The Yale News recently interviewed Prof. Joanne Freeman about her work on Alexander Hamilton. The article explains:For a long time Freeman, professor of history and of American studies, was the only person she knew of who had much of an interest in Hamilton....
From: Boston 1775 on 6 Jun 2019

This Week on Dispatches: Geoff Smock on Alexander Hamilton’s Childhood in the Caribbean

In this week’s Dispatches host Brady Crytzer interviews JAR contributor and Seattle-area middle school history teacher Geoff Smock about how Alexander Hamilton’s difficult childhood experiences... The post This Week on Dispatches: Geoff...

The Full History of “Rebellion to Tyrants Is Obedience to God”

The epitaph for John Bradshaw that Bryan Edwards sent to another gentleman in January 1775, quoted yesterday, varies slightly but significantly from every other surviving example of “Bradshaw’s Epitaph.”All the others have the same wording,...
From: Boston 1775 on 10 May 2019

Assessing “Bradshaw’s Supposititious Epitaph”

As I quoted yesterday, around 1828 Nicholas Philip Trist, husband of one of Thomas Jefferson’s granddaughters, found an old chest in the former President’s attic. In an appendix to his three-volume biography of Jefferson, Henry S. Randall...
From: Boston 1775 on 5 May 2019

“All the strength and beauty of the antithesis”

Yesterday I quoted “Bradshaw’s Epitaph” as first printed in December 1775. No American politician liked its final line—“Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God”—more than Thomas Jefferson. In late 1776, that...
From: Boston 1775 on 4 May 2019

The Emergence of “Rebellion to Tyrants is Obedience to God”

On 14 Dec 1775, the Pennsylvania Evening Post shared this article with its readers, including many delegates to the Second Continental Congress:The following inscription was made out three years ago on the cannon near which the ashes of President Bradshaw...
From: Boston 1775 on 3 May 2019

“No objection to going where Your Husband does”

By 1789, John George Briesler had been working for John Adams (who always spelled his name “Brisler”) for five years. The newly elected Vice President had Briesler accompany him to New York and then Philadelphia during the Washington administration....
From: Boston 1775 on 13 Feb 2019

Thomas Jefferson celebrates Christmas at Monticello

John Trumbull (American painter, 1756-1843) Portrait of Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) 1788Thomas Jefferson was not always jolly at Christmas. Jefferson wrote to John Page on December 25, 1762, "This very day, to others the day of greatest...
From: 18th-century American Women on 19 Dec 2018

Christmas with Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) by John Trumbull (1756-1843). Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Inc., Monticello, Virginia.Virginian Thomas Jefferson wrote to John Page on December 25, 1762,"This very day, to others the day of greatest mirth and jollity, sees...
From: 18th-century American Women on 8 Dec 2018

Using Christmas as a Legal Deadline & Thomas Jefferson

Charles Peale Polk (American artist, 1765-1822)  Portrait of Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)Christmas as a Time of Reckoning (Primary Source References)1768 May 15. "Agreed with Mr. Moore that he shall level 250 f. square on the top of the...
From: 18th-century American Women on 3 Dec 2018

“I wish the bald eagle had not been chosen”

Now it’s true that at one point Benjamin Franklin suggested that the turkey, rather than the bald or American eagle, should be the emblem of the new nation.But Franklin didn’t make that remark in 1776 during the earliest discussions of the...
From: Boston 1775 on 24 Nov 2018

“The great Seal should on one side have…”

As discussed yesterday, in the summer of 1776 a committee of Continental Congress heavyweights—Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson—asked the Swiss-born artist and historical collector Pierre Eugène du Simitière...
From: Boston 1775 on 23 Nov 2018

A Turkey of a Great Seal

In the musical 1776, the characters of Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson debate which bird would be the best symbol for the new United States: turkey, eagle, or dove.I saw the movie version of that show during the Bicentennial. My class...
From: Boston 1775 on 22 Nov 2018

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