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July 23, 2018

And There Arose a Generation That Knew Not John Jay

          “Now there arose a new king, who knew nothing of Joseph, came to power  in Egypt.” (Exodus 1:8)

          “After that whole generation had been gathered to their an...

March 23, 2018

Most biographies and articles on John Jay portray him as a very serious guy.  While reading his correspondence, one can find his humorous side.  Walter Stahr (in his book "John Jay: Forgotten Founder") on page 164 relates how Adams said that the three men lived togethe...

March 18, 2018

If you are like me, you do not remember any classes covering anything about the Maryland Line in high school.  There is a strong possibility that there was nothing about the contributions of the Maryland Line at your Maryland university.  I could be wrong but I am not...

January 30, 2018

Josiah Bartlett

Josiah Bartlett to Mary Bartlett (October 11, 1775) I, 161.
“I can now inform you that by the Goodness of God I am in a Good State of health Tho I have not Quite got my Strength up.”

Josiah Bartlett to Mary Bartlett (October 25, 1775) I, 252.
“...I am...

January 28, 2018

Connecticut Signers of Declaration of Independence

Oliver Wolcott

Oliver Wolcott to Philip Schuyler (January 22, 1776) III, 130.
“Your letter to Congress respecting the unfortunate Death of General Montgomery and the Disaster of his Troops pierced every Heart. I sincer...

January 27, 2018

John Jay is the George Bailey of "It Was a Wonderful American Revolution Life."  If there ever was such a movie, the producers would find a way to edit out John Jay.  Just imagine there not being a Treaty of Paris negotiator.  What if there was no "Jay Treaty" to keep...

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Rhode Island Signers of Declaration of Independence

William Ellery

William Ellery to Ezra Stiles (July 20, 1776) IV, 498.
“...We have been driven into a Declar of Independency & must forget our former Love for our British Brethren. The Sword must Determine our Quarrel. Our Repulse from Canada is disagreeable, but we must expect repeated Defeats. The Road to Liberty, like the Road to Heaven is strewed with Thorns. Virtue lives in Exertion. But thank Providence, altho’ our Northern Army hath been unsuccessful,our Southern Forces under Gen. Lee have been successful.”

William Ellery to Nicholas Cooke (December 25, 1776) IV, 653.
“...I hope in God better Fortune will attend our future Operations.”

William Ellery to William Vernon (Mar. 16, 1778) IX, 302.
“...With the Aid of Heaven we will crush the Serpents head next Summer, and force our Enemies to be at peace with Us!”

William Ellery to Nicolas Cooke (Apr. 5, 1778) IX, 371.
“...Out of 3600 which were lately inoculated at Valley Forge, 11 only died of the small pox.”

William Ellery to Christopher Ellery (Jan. 26, 1778) XI, 517-518.
“...When the war will end I know not; but I hope it will not extend beyond this year at farthest. It will end sooner if the divine Providence should remove from British Councils that infatuation which has so long prevailed in them; but quos Deus vult perdere prius dementat [Those whom God wishes to destroy he first makes mad.]”

Stephen Hopkins

Stephen Hopkins to Ruth Hopkins (November 15,1775) II, 351.
“...I am in very good Health as your Mother also is wishing we might return to you. When that will be Heaven only knows.”

Stephen Hopkins to Henry Ward (March 27, 1776) III, 451-452.
“I am very sorry to be under the necessity of writing so disagreeable News, as the death of your brother the honorable Samuel Ward Esqr. must be. He first found himself a little out of order, on Wednesday the 13th of March, and on that and the two following days, he attended Congress, but on the last of them he was so poorly as to be obliged to leave it before it rose, and on Saturday the 16th in the morning the small Pox appeared plainly and very full upon him. To this time, and for some days after, the Symptoms appeared favourable,