Posts Tagged ‘George Washington’

This morning I learned about an event taking place this summer in Port Angeles called the “Northwest Colonial Festival.” I was at once excited about such a thing, as those of us living in what would have been “Parts Unknown” in the 18th century have very little access to colonial history, unless an exhibit of […]

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In the past five months, western Washington has received a year’s worth of rain. Hahaha. Ugh. Speaking of Washington, I have had some time to think about the Chernow biography I finished. I dogeared so many pages but didn’t exactly take as many margin notes as I wanted to (don’t often have a pencil handy). […]

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Rumbullion

Most people don’t know why Mount Vernon is called Mount Vernon. It has been the name of the Washington estate since the mid 1700s. George Washington’s beloved elder brother Lawrence named it after Admiral Edward Vernon, under whom he served while in the Royal Navy. It took on a life of its own, and today […]

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George + Gilbert

George Washington was cold and formal — when he wanted to be. Other times, he lavished affection upon the Marquis de Lafayette, as seen in this very long letter from September of 1779. A few choice passages: Your forward Zeal in the cause of liberty—Your singular attachment to this infant world—Your ardent & persevering efforts, […]

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Duck pond

Sunday it snowed the whole night. Yesterday while the snow was still cold and perfectly arranged, I took a short walk, observing the way the flakes clung to every single twig, making the woods look like a row of white flocked trees. I walked to the field by my house and down a small hill […]

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I finally started the massive George Washington biography, and I have a feeling it shall unfold much as the other Chernow bio did last summer, with me racing through it eagerly until its bulk causes a strain on my wrist. Since I just finished reading about Theodore Roosevelt, I can’t help drawing comparisons. Both lost […]

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