What Would Satisfy the Americans?

Doctor Franklin, being in England in the Year 1775 was asked by a Nobleman, what would satisfy the Americans? Answered, That it might easily be comprised in a few Re’s Which he immediately wrote on a piece of Paper Thus, Re call your Forces, store Castle William, pair the Damage done to Boston, peal your …

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Sussex County Militia and Tories


From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol I. Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859. December 26. –This morning, about four hundred of the militia of Sussex County, New Jersey, under the command of Colonel Ephraim Martin and Marsh Thompson, assembled at Newtown, and from thence proceeded in good order and regularity, in quest …

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The Rattle-Snake as a Symbol of America

Messrs. PRINTERS, I observed on one of the drums belonging to the marines now raising, there was painted a Rattle-Snake, with this modest motto under it, “Don’t tread on me.” As I know it is the custom to have some device on the arms of every country, I supposed this may have been intended for …

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Bradshaw’s Epitaph


The following inscription was made out three years ago on the cannon near which the ashes of President Bradshaw were lodged, on the top of a high hill near Martha Bray in Jamaica, to avoid the rage against the Regicides exhibited at the Restoration: STRANGER, Ere thou pass, contemplate this CANNON, Nor regardless be told …

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Thomas Jefferson to John Randolph

Philadelphia, November 29, 1775. Dear Sir, I am to give you the melancholy intelligence of the death of our most worthy Speaker, which happened here on the 22nd of the last month. He was struck with an apoplexy, and expired within five hours. I have it in my power to acquaint you that the success …

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