This Day In Founders History – 18 & 19 August On August 18, 1735, the newspaper Boston Evening-Post, successor to The Weekly Rehearsal, was first published by Thomas Fleet. The newspaper was in print for 40 years. In 1791 on August 19, Benjamin Banneker, a free African-American mathematician, scientist and farmer, wrote to Thomas Jefferson pleading for justice for African-Americans. He also included a copy of his almanac for consideration. Jefferson responded to B….Continue
This Day in Founding Founders History - Where we bring you important dates in the lives and history of the Founding Generation. On this day in 1861, Kansas became the 34th state to join the Union.….Continue
This Day In Founders History – August 1 In 1791 on this day, a plantation owner in Virginia, Robert Carter III, filed with Westmoreland County, Virginia to begin the process of manumitting or freeing his 500 slaves. This is the largest known pre-Civil War release of slaves in North America and the largest by an individual in the United States. Today in 1974, thousands gathered at Braddock’s Hill as part of the Whiskey Rebellion. On this day in….Continue
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What Dryden said was this, "Great wits are oft to madness near allied"; and that is true. It is the pure promptitude of the intellect that is in peril of a breakdown. Also people might remember of what sort of man Dryden was talking. He was not talking of any unworldly visionary like Vaughan or George Herbert. He was talking of a cynical man of the world, a sceptic, a diplomatist, a great practical politician. Such men are indeed to madness near allied. Their incessant calculation of their own brains and other people's brains is a dangerous trade. It is always perilous to the mind to reckon up the mind. A flippant person has asked why we say, "As mad as a hatter." A more flippant person might answer that a hatter is mad because he has to measure the human head. - G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy