10 Feb 2019
February 10, 2019

Venison 45

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February 10, 1770 – A group of patriotic ladies arrived at the City Hall at the intersection of Wall and Broad Streets with a saddle (loin) of venison stamped with the number 45 and presented it to an inmate in the basement jail. The prisoner was Captain Alexander McDougal, leader of the NY Sons of.. read more →

08 Jan 2019
January 8, 2019

Aaron and Theodosia Burr

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An Unusual Relationship: Aaron Burr and his Daughter Theodosia Many of you know that I am writing a biography of Aaron Burr’s daughter Theodosia Burr Alston. The book is for a young adult audience and will be a scholastic book for use in school libraries and classes. It’s a great opportunity to get young readers.. read more →

23 Dec 2018
December 23, 2018

Happy Birthday John Jay

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Happy Birthday, John Jay, born December 23, 1745. Graduate of King’s College (Columbia University) member of the Continental Congress (NY) Minister to Spain, diplomat (England), author of The Federalist Papers, 1st Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and Governor of New York. read more →

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 →