For the most part yesterday was a rainy day. But the missus and I did manage to get out a bit. I got the back tire fixed early in the morning, then Jo and I visited a couple of open houses. They were nice enough but out of our price range. Still always nice to look around. We picked up some paint, went to the Lazy-Boy store to look at possible rugs for the living room and then picked up some groceries for dinner.
A Bit of History
"PERSECUTION OF THE QUAKERS
1656. Quakers first arrive in Massachusetts. Their persecution by the Puritans. Religious intolerance was carried to such an extent by these misguided zealots that they actually tormented and put to death, by scores, the only Christian sect in America who advocated the doctrine of peace, and who denied the right of man to take life under any circumstances. (Ed. Note - *sigh*)
1659. Four Quakers executed on Boston Common.
1660. Quakers prohibited from emigrating to Virginia under severe penalties. A duty of 5 per cent was levied by the English government upon all merchandise of import or export in the American colonies.
Great English navigation act established.
1662. Three persons hung for witchcraft in Hartford, Conn.
1663. Remarkable earthquake lasting with short intervals for six months. The face of the country in some localities entirely changed.
First settlement in North Carolina.
1664. Elliot translated and printed the Bible in the language of the American Indians.
First permanent settlement in New Jersey. (Ed. Note - Governor Christie stops traffic on the bridge... oh wait, that wasn't for a little while)
1665. June 12. - New York City incorporated
1666 - 75, Marquette explored the Mississippi River.
1666. Death of Lord Baltimore
1669. First settlement in South Carolina
Foundation of modern Charleston laid, which soon became the port of trade and the capital of Carolina.
A war broke out between the Carolina colonies and the Indians, which was speedily terminated by the Governor offering a bounty upon every captive Indian.
Indians were sold to the West Indies as slaves, in exchange for rum. (Ed. Note - *double sigh*)
Next excerpt will commence in the 1680s with introduction of William Penn.
Letters of Congratulation
The letter which follows was written by a James Hopewell to a friend who had just been elected to Congress.
"Metropolisville, Nov. 5, 1875.
Hurrah! the battle is fought and the victory won! Give me your hand, old friend, while I give it a good squeeze of congratulation on your election. The result has not surprised me in the least. I knew you would be elected, because I knew that you deserved to be, and that the people of your district had sense enough to know it too. Some say, 'Principles, not men;' but I say, 'Principles and men.'. This honor is as much a tribute to your personal worth as to the correctness of your principles. Just such men as you are needed in Congress - never more than now; and I believe you will fulfill every expectation, and honor yourself and your constituents. That such may be the case shall ever be the prayer of -
James Hopewell." (Ed. Note - To all politicians! Words to live by!!)
Next entries will provide a couple of examples of letters of condolence...
The Birth Day Thing - 10 November 1966
US Billboard #1 Song, 10 November 1966
Last Train to Clarksville by The Monkees. The Monkees were originally formed in 1965 for the TV show of the same name. They consisted of Davy Jones, Peter Tork, Michael Nesmith and Micky Dolenz. The band was active from 1965 - 1971. Last Train to Clarksville was their first released single and first of 3 US #1s.The song was written by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart.
UK #1 Single, 10 November 1966
Reach Out I'll Be There by The Four Tops. The Four Tops were a quartet out of Detroit, Michigan who helped define the Motown sound. They performed for over 4 decades without a change of personnel, from 1953 - 1997. Reach Out I'll Be There was their first UK #1 and 2nd US. It was written by Holland - Dozier - Holland, as were so many Motown hits. (Fantastic song.)
New York Times #1 Fiction Best-Seller, 10 November 1966
It tells the story of three young women living in the post - war worlds of Broadway and Hollywood.
Pulitzer Prize Winner - 1966
Nobel Prize Laureate - 1966
Hugo Award Winner - 1966. The award was shared by two authors.
However having said that, Herbert created a fascinating world, economy, religion and a series of novels fraught with tension and intrigue. Well worth reading.
Edgar Award Winner - 1966
Next excerpt will cover 1967. :0)