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a teacher, artist and poet in Nova Scotia. Morris published several series of botanical lithographs: Wildflowers of Nova Scotia, with one series in 1839 to 1840 and a second series in 1853. In 1856, she published a volume of poetry Metrical musings with her sister Catherine.

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The act or fact of doing away with, or of so being done. Replaced by obliteration. G. Hickes in TWO TREATISES ON THE CHRISTIAN PRIESTHOOD (1711) spoke of a perfect obliterature of all injuries.

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Federalist Era
On June 24,1784, where did the first successful manned balloon launch in the United States -- by 13-year old Edward Warren -- take place?
  1. New York, NY

  2. Philadelphia, PA

  3. Richmond, VA

  4. Baltimore, MD

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There exists in the economy and course of nature, an indissoluble union between virtue and happiness; between duty and advantage; between the genuine maxims of an honest and magnanimous policy, and the solid rewards of public prosperity and felicity; since we ought to be no less persuaded that the propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which Heaven itself has ordained.
— George Washington
First Inaugural Address, April 30, 1789

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This Day in Early Modern History -- March 23rd

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 •  1568-Peace of Longjumeau: French huguenots go on strike
 •  1579-Friesland joins Union of Utrecht 
 •  1593-English Congressionalist Henry Barrow accused of slander 
 •  1630-French troops occupy Pinerolo Piedmont 
 •  1657-France and England form alliance against Spain 
  -England gets Dunkirk 
 •  1708-English pretender to the throne James Francis Edward Stuart (aka James III) lands at Firth of Forth 
 •  1743-George Frideric Handel's oratorio Messiah premieres in London
 •  1775-Patrick Henry proclaims "Give me liberty or give me death"
 •  1792-Joseph Haydn's 94th Symphony in G premieres
 •  1794-First U.S. patent (Josiah G. Pierson for a "cold-header" riveting machine) 
  -Lieutenant-General Tadeusz Kosciuszko returns to Poland 
 •  1801-Murder attempt on Czar Paul I 
 •  1806-Meriwether Lewis and William Clark depart Fort Clatsop
 •  1808-Napoleon Bonaparte's brother Joseph takes the throne of Spain 
 •  1832-British Parliament passes reform bill 
 •  1835-Charles Darwin reaches Los Arenales, in the Andes 
 •  1836-Steam-powered coin press invented by Franklin Peale
 •  1839-First recorded use of "OK" [oll korrect] in Boston's Morning Post
 •  1840-John William Draper takes first successful photo of the Moon (daguerrotype) 
 •  1849-Battle of Novara ends (King Charles Albert vs Italian republic)
 •  1857-Elisha Otis' first elevator installed (488 Broadway, New York City)
 •  1858-Streetcar patented (E A Gardner of Philadelphia) 

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posted on Colonial Sense: 03/23/2017
Read a Rare Alexander Hamilton Love Letter to Elizabeth Schuyler
March 09, 2017, Time Magazine by Olivia B. Waxman
In a world in which some people are willing to shell out up to $1,300 for tickets to see Hamilton on Broadway, it is perhaps unsurprising that interest in the real Alexander Hamilton is also high.

Or at least that's the hope of Seth Kaller, a historical document dealer who is currently offering a collection of original letters, documents and imprints penned by Alexander Hamilton, which Kaller says is valued at $2.7 million. The collection is now online and on display Thursday through Sunday at the New York Antiquarian Book Fair.

posted on Colonial Sense: 03/23/2017
Prepare to be amazed by this 340-year-old smart lock
March 08, 2017, The Verge by Thomas Ricker
Do you think technology from circa 1680 can still surprise and delight in the age of the iPhone and Alexa? I didn't, but boy was I wrong.

...I often forget this when looking at the human timeline from my 21st century vantage point. Then last weekend I discovered the "detector Lock" in the Rijksmuseum, created by British locksmith John Wilkes. The lock (and those like it) is a triumph of 17th century technology and a precursor to the so-called “smart locks” we see flooding the market today.

posted on Colonial Sense: 03/22/2017
Did a historian from Ecuador find the lost ‘treasure’ of the Incas — in a book?
March 02, 2017, The Miami Herald (FL) by Jim Wyss
The historian carefully leafs through pages of a 400-year-old, leather-bound book until she finds the shaky signature. It’s a faint scrawl that has consumed Tamara Estupiñan for more than 30 years, led her to find forgotten Inca ruins and sparked an academic firestorm.

The signature, she says, is the key to unlocking two of archeology’s greatest mysteries: What happened to the body of Atahualpa, the last king of the Incas? And what became of his fabled treasure?

posted on Colonial Sense: 03/22/2017
The Failed Attempt to Create a Ten Hour Day
February 24, 2017, Now I Know by Dan Lewis
There are 24 hours in a day, seven days in a week, and (roughly) 365 days in a year. There are 60 minutes in an hour and 60 seconds in a minute. You probably knew all that. But you know it because you’ve committed it to memory — it’s not something you can reason out. A lot of measurements — at least in areas that haven’t switched to the Metric system — suffer from that design flaw. Instead of there being a base unit (say, a meter) with other units simply being some power of ten larger or smaller (kilometers, centimeters, to further our example), we end up with 7s and 24s and 60s and all sorts of other numbers which do not match the number of fingers we have.

posted on Colonial Sense: 03/21/2017
Revolutionary War-Era Home Demolished for Highway Project
March 03, 2017, The Associated Press by Staff
A Revolutionary War-era farmhouse that had been blocking a $900 million New Jersey interchange reconstruction project has been demolished.

Bellmawr Mayor Frank Filipek says demolition crews tore down the Hugg-Harrison-Glover House Friday.

The state Department of Transportation says the house was in such poor condition it didn't meet historic designation requirements.

posted on Colonial Sense: 03/21/2017
Grad Student Discovers A Lost Novel Written By Walt Whitman
February 21, 2017, NPR by Glen Weldon
A literary treasure buried for more than a century has been unearthed by Zachary Turpin, a grad student at the University of Houston.

It's a work of short fiction: a 36,000-word novella published anonymously, in six parts, in a New York newspaper in 1852. The discursive nature of the manuscript's full title — Life and Adventures of Jack Engle: An Auto-Biography; In Which The Reader Will Find Some Familiar Characters -- places it squarely in its literary era, as does its subtitle, A Story of New York at the Present Time.

posted on Colonial Sense: 03/20/2017
History shows George Washington was incredibly hard to kill
February 24, 2017, Fox News by Michael Harthorne
"I have been protected beyond all human probability or expectation," the National Archives quote George Washington in a letter to his brother following the French and Indian War.

He wasn't kidding. In a piece written for Washington's birthday this week, the Washington Post reveals America's first president was nigh indestructible. In his lifetime, Washington bested smallpox, malaria, infections, abscesses, tuberculosis, dysentery, and a boil "the size of two fists." And that's not even mentioning the battles he survived.

posted on Colonial Sense: 03/20/2017
Lady Jane Franklin, the Woman Who Fueled 19th-Century Polar Exploration
February 23, 2017, Atlas Obscura by Lauren Young
On the Scottish island of Unst, boatmen once told stories of an English widow who journeyed out to a tiny, rocky islet on the northernmost point of the British Isles. Lady Jane Franklin would gaze north across the sea and “send [her] love on wings of prayer” to her long-lost husband Sir John Franklin, the famed Arctic explorer and naval officer who set sail in 1845 in search of the Northwest Passage.

“Those who were there said she stood for some minutes on the somber rock, quite silent, tears falling slowly, and her hands stretched out towards the north,” Jessie Saxby, an author of the region, wrote.

posted on Colonial Sense: 03/19/2017
For decades they hid Jefferson’s relationship with her. Now Monticello is making room for Sally Hemings.
February 19, 2017, The Washington Post (DC) by Krissah Thompson
The room where historians believe Sally Hemings slept was just steps away from Thomas Jefferson’s bedroom. But in 1941, the caretakers of Monticello turned it into a restroom.

The floor tiles and bathroom stalls covered over the story of the enslaved woman, who was owned by Jefferson and had a long-term relationship with him. Their involvement was a scandal during his life and was denied for decades by his descendants. But many historians now believe the third president of the United States was the father of her six children.

posted on Colonial Sense: 03/19/2017
Forgotten History: Walter Hunt And The Safety Pin
February 10, 2017, Today I Found Out by Karl Smallwood
Walter Hunt is a man who is simultaneously considered to have possessed one of the finest inventive minds in all of American history while also being an individual almost no one has ever heard. This is despite the fact that it’s almost guaranteed that one of his inventions is currently lying somewhere in your home, the safety pin. This was something he sold the patent for for a few hundred dollars, reportedly as he needed the money to pay off a $15 debt. This was a theme throughout his life- inventing various items that otherwise should have made him extremely wealthy and famous, but which never did because of his proclivity to sell his patents immediately and move on to his next great invention.

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