Skip to comments.George Washington's Christmas 1776 (234 years ago, Tonight!)
Posted on 12/25/2010 8:01:51 PM PST by TheCause
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"An Englishman is the unfittest person on earth to argue another Englishman into slavery." Edmund Burke 22 March, 1775.
The Delaware river has not had ice floes in it since this time of Washington.
If I remember my art history, the painting was done in Germany as a study of floating ice. The American flag was not designed or used at that time, but who cares! It is a great painting!
That re-enactment was last night, then, wasn’t it? And in a blizzard this time around.
Yes, we met some tourists in Princeton who were heading over. The blizzard hadn’t really struck yet last night. It’s here now, though.
I care not if he pursued the widow Custis for her extensive fortune. Her acceptance gave George the private fortune which enabled him to pursue his military and political career.
Just finished PICTORAL LIFE OF GEORGE WASHINGTON. I recommend it. Turn off the TV and read.
Oh... New Jersey...
Ping. I think you posted this earlier but your not on this thread.
Thank you so much for posting this. We need to be reminded often of the sacrifices that were made for us. Humbly thanking God for men like these.
And I am so glad that the post stayed up, as I was not able to get in too much FR time over the Christmas holidays.
I really enjoyed the Bostwick series, as well, but I remember being very much put off by the implication portrayed therein that he was carrying on with a woman other than Martha.
I suppose you have witnessed the re-enactment of the Crossing of the Delaware. I would love to see it.
No I regret I haven’t. However years ago when I used to go out to Washington’s Crossing, Pa. my wife and I always took in the displays of the muskets and other weaponry. There were authentic Brown Bess’s and other types of muskets as well as pistols and sabers. Then about 14 years ago these displays were first shunted off to a far corner of the museum and then soon they were gone completley, under the guise of ‘’renovation’’. They haven’t returned since. However to NJ’s credit The Trenton Barracks were renovated some years ago. New Jersey, northern New Jersey particularly abounds in Revolutionary as well as Pre-Revolutionary history.
Well, I think the issue was whether Washington was “carrying on” with Sally Fairfax, who was a married woman at the time. Washington’s friendship with Fairfax predated his courtship of Martha. Without a doubt, Washington and Fairfax were good friends, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Were they more than good friends? Who knows. But Fairfax and her family returned to England, and that was the end of that. I thought the TV series presented the friendship well. It was the promoters of the series that tried to make a scandal of it for the purpose of ratings.
No one would seriously suggest that Washington was not faithful to Martha once the courtship began.
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