20 Dec 2018
December 20, 2018

Captain Kidd Contract

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This is incredible! It’s the agreement between Richard Coote, 1st Earl of Bellomont, Governor of NY, Robert Livingston ESQ, and WILLIAM KIDD, financing Captain Kidd’s famous expedition that went horribly wrong and lead to his prosecution and execution for piracy. Dated October 10, 1695. I have seen Robert Livingston’s recollection of the expedition but just.. read more →

19 Dec 2018
December 19, 2018

Alexander McDougall Arrested

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December 1769 – The author of “To The The Betrayed Inhabitants”, a broadside exposing corruption in the colonial assembly, Alexander McDougall, is arrested! When he arrives at the courthouse for his bail hearing it is so filled with supporters that he has difficulty getting in. McDougall makes his way to the front of the courtroom.. read more →

17 Dec 2018
December 17, 2018

John Paul Jones

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I’ve Not Yet Begun to Fight John Paul Jones and the Battle of Flamborough Head There was a recent story in the news that John Paul Jones’ ship, the USS Bonhomme Richard, was located off the coast of Yorkshire, England. The ship sank in 1779 during the naval battle of Flamborough Head and was the.. read more →

16 Dec 2018
December 16, 2018

To The Betrayed Inhabitants

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To The Betrayed Inhabitants of the City and Colony of New York December 16, 1769, this anonymous broadside appeared throughout the NYC area. It condemned the colonial assembly and the governor for breaking American unity against the Quartering Act. The act required the colonies pay for British troops and forced residents to house them in.. read more →

04 Dec 2018
December 4, 2018

Washington’s Farewell NYC

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Tuesday, December 4, 1783 – George Washington says goodbye to his assembled officers at Fraunces Tavern in NYC. The best, I think, description of Washington’s Farewell comes from The Memoir of Colonel Benjamin Tallmadge. So the rest of this post will be entirely his words. “We had been assembled but a few moments, when His.. read more →