Monthly Archives: June 2016

Princess Helena Augustus Victoria of the United Kingdom

Queen Victoria gave birth to her third daughter, and fifth child, Princess Helena Augusta Victoria on 25, May 1846, one day after the queen’s twenty-seventh birthday. Named in honor of Princess Hélène of Orléans, Helena’s godmother. (Princess Hélène of Orléans was … Continue reading

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“X” Does Not Always Mark the Spot

Recently, I spent a delightful morning counting words in Pride and Prejudice. Why? You may ask: Regina, do you not have enough to do with your retirement years than to sit around counting how many times Jane Austen used the word … Continue reading

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Arthur Middleton (or is it Andrew Marvell?), Signer of the Declaration of Independence

Born in June 26, 1742, Arthur Middleton was the son of Henry Middleton, 2nd President of the Continental Congress, and Mary Williams, only daughter of John Williams, a wealthy landowner, Justice of the Peace and member of the Assembly, at … Continue reading

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Sir Thomas Wyatt (c. 1503 – 1542), 16th C English Ambassador and Lyrical Poet

Born to Henry and Anne Wyatt at Allington Castle, near Maidstone, Kent, in 1503, Thomas Wyatt made his first appearance at the royal court in 1516 as Sewer Extraordinary to Henry VIII.  In 1516 he also entered St. John’s College, … Continue reading

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Matthew Thornton, President of New Hampshire and Signer of the Declaration of Independence

One of three New Hampshire men to sign the Declaration of Independence, Matthew Thornton, physician, soldier, patriot, agitated against the Stamp Act of 1765, presided over the Provincial Congress in 1775, served in the State Senate and as an associate … Continue reading

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Life Below Stairs, Part 10 – The ‘Pugs’ Procession of Precedence

A sense of status above stairs was to be expected among the aristocracy, but it was no less observed below stairs. For example, the lower servants often spoke poorly of the “Pug’s” Procession, which happened after the first course of … Continue reading

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William Hooper: “Prophet” and Signer of the Declaration of Independence

William Hooper, one of North Carolina’s three signers of the  Declaration of Independence, was the oldest of five children of the Scots divine, the Reverend William Hooper (1704–14 Apr. 1767), second rector of Trinity Episcopal Church, Boston, Mass., and Mary Dennie … Continue reading

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Do You Know The Origin of These Words and Phrases?

Three Sheets to the Wind – Urban Dictionary defines this phrase to mean “to be explicitly drunk; inebriated.” The origin is likely found in practicality: Sheets actually refer to the ropes that are used to secure a ship’s sail. If the … Continue reading

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Carolina Book Festival 2016

Book Signing Carolina Book Fest is a book signing taking place in the Queen City of Charlotte, North Carolina, on October 15, 2016. The book signing will be held at the Marriott City Center (100 West Trade Street) in downtown Charlotte from 10 AM … Continue reading

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John Skelton (1460 – 1529), Tudor Poet

The Poetry Foundation tells us something of John Skelton. “No one can deny the power, endurance, and memorable lines of the work of John Skelton; he is indisputably the first major Tudor poet, writing during the reigns of Edward IV, … Continue reading

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