Treacherous Beauty: talk by Stephen H. Case

On Thursday, October 11, Stephen H. Case will be giving a talk on his new book (written with Mark Jacob) Treacherous Beauty: Peggy Shippen, the Woman Behind Benedict Arnold's Plot to Betray America. The talk will be in Butler Library, room 523 and begins at 6:00. While Arnold's plot is familiar, the role of his […]

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On this day in 1789…

George Washington informed John Jay of his appointment as the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States of America. United States, 5th: October 1789. Sir,      It is with singular pleasure that I address you as Chief Justice of the supreme Court of the United States, for which office your Commission […]

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Happy New Year!

Between 1780 and 1784, Gouverneur Morris wrote his old friend John Jay a series of New Year’s letters (3 Jan. 1780, 2 Jan. 1781, 20 Jan. 1782, 1 Jan. 1783, and 10 Jan. 1784). During these years Jay was first Minister to Spain and then a member of the American Peace Commission in Paris. However, […]

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On this day in in 1789, John Jay was appointed First Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

To all who shall see these Presents. Greeting.             Know Ye, that reposing special Trust and Confidence in the Wisdom, Uprightness, and Learning of John Jay of New York Esquire, I have nominated, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, do appoint him Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the […]

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Another Virginia earthquake

From President John Quincy Adams’s diary, dated March 9, 1828 "There was this Evening the shock of an Earthquake– the first which I ever distinctly noticed at the moment when it happened– I was entering in this book, when the table began to shake under my hand, and the floor under my feet. The window […]

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