Hear the Voice of History
“It is hard now to imagine, but it is a matter of record that a mid-eighteenth-century mariner approaching the American strand could detect the fragrance of the pine trees about 60 leagues, or 180 nautical miles, from land.”
– America at 1750, A Social Portrait, Richard Hofstadter
“Wednesday, October 31st, 1753, I was commissioned and appointed by the Honourable Robert Dinwiddie, Esq; Governor of Virginia, to visit and deliver a Letter to the Commandant of the French Forces on the Ohio, and set out on the intended journey the same Day.”
– George Washington, 21 years old, Lieutientant, Virginia Regiment (spelling in manner of colonial era)
“On this spot, I must remain till some one comes to my help.” In the meadow she planted half an acre of corn and potatoes, which soon promised an amazing crop.
– From the journal of Mrs. Jameson, whose husband drowned as their raft fell apart when they crossed the Alleghany River. Source: Frontier Women, by William W. Fowler