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To: Mr Rogers; Tax-chick
The 19th of May, 1780, was a remarkable day. Candles were lighted in many houses; the birds were silent and disappeared, and the fowls retired to roost.

The legislature of Connecticut was then in session at Hartford. A very general opinion prevailed, that the day of judgment was at hand. The house of Representatives, being unable to transact their business, adjourned.

A proposal to adjourn the Council was under consideration. When the opinion of Colonel Davenport was asked, he answered,

"I am against an adjournment. The day of judgment is either approaching, or it is not. If it is not, there is no cause of an adjournment: if it is, I choose to be found doing my duty. I wish therefore that candles may be brought."

23 posted on 05/22/2011 6:09:53 AM PDT by Notary Sojac (Populism is antithetical to conservatism.)
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To: Notary Sojac

I agree with Colonel Davenport. I mopped my floors on Friday, just as if we were all going to be here Sunday. And just as if the return of most of my family from camp wouldn’t render clean floors a moot point ... but at least it will be new dirt ;-).


27 posted on 05/22/2011 6:18:41 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Just what this family needs: more smugness.)
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To: Notary Sojac

“A proposal to adjourn the Council was under consideration. When the opinion of Colonel Davenport was asked, he answered,’I am against an adjournment. The day of judgment is either approaching, or it is not. If it is not, there is no cause of an adjournment: if it is, I choose to be found doing my duty. I wish therefore that candles may be brought.’”
Where did you find this piece of history? I think it is wonderful.


56 posted on 05/22/2011 6:57:11 AM PDT by sueuprising (The best of it is, God is with us-John Wesley)
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To: Notary Sojac
The 19th of May, 1780, was a remarkable day. Candles were lighted in many houses; the birds were silent and disappeared, and the fowls retired to roost.

No it didn't.

58 posted on 05/22/2011 7:01:25 AM PDT by Lazamataz (The Democrat Party is Communist. The Republican Party is Socialist. The Tea Party is Capitalist.)
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