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Paul Revere’s Ride

Even in the 1800s, Paul Revere’s ride was memorialized and honored.  See this page image from PAPERS READ BEFORE THE OHIO COMMANDRY OF THE MILITARY ORDER OF THE LOYAL LEGION OF THE UNITED STATES 1883-1886 VOLUME 1, 1888, found in the Accessible Archives database:

A voice in the darkness, a knock at the door, And a word that shall echo forever more! For borne on the night wind of the past, Through all our history to the last, In the hour of darkness, and peril, and need, The people will waken, and listen to hear The hurrying hoof-beats of that steed, And the midnight message of Paul Revere.

Last Survivor of the Battle of Lexington

Here is an interesting tidbit from the April 7, 1854 issue of The Liberator, a source available on the Accessible Archives database.  Even in the early 1800s, some people lived to a remarkably advanced age.

Last Surrivor of the Battle of Lexington — The venerable Jonathan Harrington, of Lexington, the last survivor of the memorable conflict of April 9th, 1775, died recently, In the 96th year of his age. Though but 17 years of age, he was connected with the Provincial militia, and at the battle of Lexington played the fife for one of the companies in that engagement.

Come Back To Camp, or Else!

Conditions at Valley Forge were extremely difficult during the winter of 1777-1778, and this notice, found in the Accessible Archives database warned officers to return.

Collection: The Pennsylvania Gazette
Publication: The Pennsylvania Packet
Date: January 7, 1778
Title: Camp, Valley Forge, December 30, 1777.
Camp, Valley Forge, December 30, 1777. IN consequence of General Orders, for the purpose of calling to their respective regiments all such Officers whose furloughs are expired, or who are otherwise absent, I do hereby give this public notice to all such Officers, belonging to the Tenth Pennsylvania Regiment, to join their corps immediately, otherwise his Excellency’s orders of the 25th instant will be put in execution against them.


Lieut. Col. 10th Penns. Reg.


Inns of the Early U.S.

The inns of the early U.S. were a far cry from the comforts we enjoy in hotels today.  Here is an excerpt from a chapter in The History of Philadelphia, 1609-1884, published in 1884:

H0000110 HISTORY OF PHILADELPHIA. 1609 – 1884. J. Thomas Scharf and Thompson Westcott. L.H. EVERTS & CO, 1884, p. 980.

IN olden times, such a thing as the modern hotel, with its fashionably-dressed and all-important clerk its vast smoking-room, carpeted parlors, gilt mouldings, and other luxurious appointments, was unknown. The modest inn accommodated “man and beast,” and the jolly landlord welcomed the wearied traveler,— and fleeced him, too, when the occasion offered,— and an active, bright-eyed barmaid waited on him, and provided those simple comforts,— a pipe a pair of slippers, a glass of hot punch or a tankard of foaming ale, and a cosy corner near the tap-room fire. If the cloth was coarse it was generally white and clean, at least in respectable establishments, and the plain deal table groaned under the weight of viands which, if they presented no great variety, were well cooked and wholesome. Our fathers were great eaters and stout drinkers, and there was no need of a French menu and wines with high-sounding names to whet their appetites; roast beef, a leg of mutton, ham and cabbage, a fat fowl, were the solid dishes laid before them; ale, port or Madeira wine, and a glass of Jamaica rum and hot water to top off, left them in a pretty good condition to find sleep on the clean bed,—sometimes a hard one,— prepared for them in the small room, whose bare floors, whitewashed walls, and plain curtains, did not invite dreams of palatial splendors.

The tavern, though it accommodated guests with bed and board, had more of the character of a drinking-house. The inn was rural in its origin, the tavern originated in the city, and was frequented not merely by topers and revelers, but by quiet citizens, bachelors having no fireside of their own, and men of family who went there to meet neighbors and discuss business or the news, while enjoying a quiet glass and pipe. The ordinary was an eating-house, something between the restaurant and the boardinghouse of our day. Coffee-houses, so called, which dispensed intoxicating drinks as well as the fragrant decoction of the Arabian bean, made their appearance later; they were but taverns in an aristocratic disguise.

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