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Jefferson—Isaac Hall Tiffany (April 4, 1819)

American Correspondence In 1819 Thomas Jefferson replies to Isaac Hall Tiffany—a student of Aaron Burr—residing at Schoharie Bridge. Of Liberty, then, I would say, that in...

American Papers: National Thanksgiving Proclamation—1789

Thanksgiving   In 1789, both houses of Congress requested that George Washington acknowledge the many favors of Almighty God with a national day of thanksgiving and...

Oath of Secrecy

Background of the American Revolution In prepartion for war, the members of the Second Continental Congress bind themselves to secrecy. … and that if any member...

Lincoln—National Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving ... no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but through his toil bestowed on that plot of ground which is given to...

Act of March 22, 1794

During the Third Congress, the United States begins the long anticipated dismantling of slavery within its borders. An Act Passed at the First Session of the Third...

John Adams: Defense of the British Soldiers—II

Democratic Thinker, American Papers Following the Boston Massacre in 1770, John Adams joins in the defense of the British soldiers charged in the deaths. Facts are...

John Adams: Defense of the British Soldiers—I

Democratic Thinker, American Papers Following the Boston Massacre in 1770, John Adams joins in the defense of the British soldiers charged in the deaths. The rules...

To Bigotry No Sanction, To Persecution No Assistance

Democratic Thinker, Freedom of Religion George Washington replys to Moses Seisas, Warden of the Hebrew Congregation in Newport, Rhode Island, who has welcomed him in...