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On behalf of quiet and the calm beauty of realism

Roger Fry — typical painting Dear friends and readers, A brief note on behalf of two qualities I find draws me into books — and movies too, though this inward source is less obvious. A still center of quiet, of thoughtfulness out of which...
From: Ellen And Jim Have A Blog, Two on 25 Nov 2017

1619 Virginia's 1st British American colonial Thanksgiving

"First Thanksgiving" by Sidney King The First British American Colonial Thanksgiving Took Place in Virginia, not Massachusetts Washingtonian Magazine by Matt Blitz Published November 18, 2015 Years of elementary school history lessons taught us that...
From: 17th-century American Women on 21 Nov 2017

“Objet petit a”: More Senseshaper Woodcuts from the Void. Enjoy!

After a long period in which I let this blog grow fallow, you get two posts in one day! As I sat down to finish up my earlier post on Ficino and the material, mutual gaze, I realized that I have made some woodcuts since my last woodcut post that never...

November 15

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago this week? Virginia Gazette (November 12, 1767).“A large ASSORTMENT of STATIONARY.” Purdie and Dixon’s advertisement reveals several aspects of consumer culture, commercial...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 15 Nov 2017

The Martyr and the Traitor: Nathan Hale, Moses Dunbar, and the American Revolution

Book review: The Martyr and the Traitor: Nathan Hale, Moses Dunbar, and the American Revolution by Virginia DeJohn Anderson (New York: Oxford University Press,... The post The Martyr and the Traitor: Nathan Hale, Moses Dunbar, and the American Revolution...

Norfolk, Virginia, Sacked by North Carolina and Virginia Troops

If the headline of a January or February 1776 edition of any North American Tory newspaper read, “Norfolk, Virginia, Sacked by North Carolina and... The post Norfolk, Virginia, Sacked by North Carolina and Virginia Troops appeared first on Journal...

Aphra Behn, the first professional woman writer

Aphra Behn, painted by Mary Beale In England, after Shakespeare’s death there followed a period of tremendous change, with the Civil War and execution of the reigning king, Charles 1, followed by the Commonwealth under Cromwell. When the monarchy...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 19 Oct 2017

October 15

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? Virginia Gazette (October 15, 1767).“MILLINERY … supplied on the shortest notices, by … M. and J. HUNTER.” At a glance, this advertisement for a “GENTEEL...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 15 Oct 2017

September 1

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? Virginia Gazette (September 10, 1767).“LOTTERY, For DISPOSING of certain LANDS, SLAVES, and STOCKS.” Advertisements offering slaves for sale regularly appeared among...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 10 Sep 2017

” to be united with a gentleman of respectable connexions”

In 1796, when HARRIOT WASHINGTON was twenty years old, she caught the eye of Andrew Parks, a young merchant. He wrote to George Washington on April 1 seeking his consent to marry Harriot and asked Harriot’s Aunt Betty, with whom she was still living,...
From: In the Words of Women on 6 Jul 2017

“the thing’s that were sent are very pretty”

The year 1794 found HARRIOT WASHINGTON writing once more to her uncle, George Washington, who had promised his deceased brother Samuel to look after her, asking for money to buy a few articles of clothing. Harriet had been living with George Washington’s...
From: In the Words of Women on 29 Jun 2017

Much Ado about MUCH ADO

  The 2017 Summer/Fall Season at the Blackfriars Playhouse kicks off this weekend with performances of Peter and the Starcatcher and Much Ado about Nothing.  Today, we’re catching up with Much Ado‘s director, Jenny...
From: ASC Education on 15 Jun 2017

New JAR Book: The Invasion of Virginia 1781 by Michael Cecere

We are thrilled to announce that our newest JAR book—Invasion of Virginia, 1781 by Michael Cecere—is now available for sale. [BUY NOW ON AMAZON] ... The post New JAR Book: The Invasion of Virginia 1781 by Michael Cecere appeared first...

June 11

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? Virginia Gazette (June 11, 1767).“JUST IMPORTED, In the Rachel & Mary, Capt. Anderson, a fresh ASSORTMENT of DRUGS and MEDICINES.” At a glance, a significant number...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 11 Jun 2017

“to-morrow is Dancing day”

Although this excerpt of the letter of ANNE BLAIR to her sister MARTHA BLAIR BRAXTON appeared in an earlier post it seems appropriate to revisit it as it follows the previous post chronologically and is worth repeating. Anne in Williamsburg is describing...
From: In the Words of Women on 1 Jun 2017

“they say she rules the Roost . . .”

ANN BLAIR wrote to her sister MARTHA BLAIR BRAXTON (portrayed) telling her about the goings-on in Williamsburg, Virginia, in August 1769. Ann obviously has a sense of humor and, in addition, uses some phrases that need explanation or sound modern to...
From: In the Words of Women on 26 May 2017

“I give . . . to my daughter Anne my negro Girl Fanny”

The next post will include a letter from ANNE BLAIR to her sister MARY BLAIR BRAXTON. For this post I am including several provisions of the will of the girls’ father, John Blair Sr, written in October of 1771 and recorded in November of that year...
From: In the Words of Women on 23 May 2017

Good Wives, Nasty Wenches, Jamestown Women

A new British television series, Jamestown, set off a minor public debate about just how rebellious women could be in the past. Tom Cutterham presents a round-up and assessment.
From: The Junto on 9 May 2017

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