Monthly Archives: March 2016

Francis Lewis, a founder of the Sons of Liberty and a Signer of the Declaration of Independence

 (Francis Lewis, 1713-1803, Print by Granger, fineartamerica.com) Born in Llandaff, Cardiff, Wales on 21 March 1713, Francis Lewis was the only child of the Reverend Morgan Lewis, an Episcopalian minister, and Am Pettingal, the daughter of a clergyman. Unfortunately, he … Continue reading

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Life Below Stairs, Part 5 – The “Fallen” Female Servant

The life of a female servant in an English household of the 18th or 19th Century was a lonely one in terms of romantic entanglements, and we can only imagine how easily such a woman might be tempted to “taste” … Continue reading

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George Clymer, Captain of the “Silk Stockings” and Signer of the Declaration of Independence

The Society of the Descendants of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence says, “A grandson of one of the original settlers of the Penn colony, George Clymer established himself as a major figure in both the struggle for independence … Continue reading

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Georgian Architecture: University of London, a Metropolitan, Nonsectarian University

  In 1820, the Scottish poet, Thomas Campbell, put forth the idea of a metropolitan, nonsectarian university. With others he launched a movement in 1825 to found the University of London, for students excluded from Oxford or Cambridge by religious tests … Continue reading

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Robert Treat Paine, “The Objection Maker” and Signer of the Declaration of Independence

“Robert Treat Paine was a native of Massachusetts, born in 1731. He was expected, by family tradition, to become a Minister. He got high marks at the Boston Latin School and was admitted to Harvard College, where he graduated in … Continue reading

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The Succession That Led to the Victorian Era

The Encyclopedia Britannica defines the Salic Law of Succession as “the rule by which, in certain sovereign dynasties, persons descended from a previous sovereign only through a woman were excluded from succession to the throne. Gradually formulated in France, the … Continue reading

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The Protocol of “Being at Home”

During the Regency and Victorian Periods, ladies of the aristocracy rigorously made a daily round of social calls, which were governed by strictly adhered to conventions. Precedence and rank defined each of these engagements. However, there was a distinct difference … Continue reading

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