Category Archives: British history

Elbridge Gerry, Signer of the Declaration of Independence and the Source of “Gerrymandering”

It is the duty of every man, though he may have but one day to live, to devote that day to the good of his country. —Elbridge Gerry Elbridge Gerry was born on July 17, 1744 in Marblehead, Massachusetts, the … Continue reading

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Expectations for Ladies of Society in the Victorian Era: “Lady-of-All-Works”

The expectations for women of the Victorian Era were different from those of the Regency. Foremost, the ladies of the landed gentry were influenced by the prevalent Victorian opinion of a “natural” separation of the roles of males and females … Continue reading

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James Smith, Signer of the Declaration of Independence and Congressional “Cut-Up”

James Smith was born in northern Ireland, in the Province of Ulster as the second son of a well-to-do farmer, John Smith in or around 1716 – 1719. He emigrated to Cheshire County Pennsylvania with his family when he but … Continue reading

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The Triumvirate Which Changed the Face of Bath During the Georgian Era

The beginning of the 1700s in England saw the expansion of the middle class and a stronger economy. As such Bath had known a steady period of growth, but when Queen visited the city in 1702 (and then again a … Continue reading

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Mensa et Thoro? How it Differs from Divorce…

If you are a regular follower of this blog, you should be aware that in the Regency Period, divorce was a VERY messy affair – VERY public – VERY expensive – and almost impossible to achieve. It, literally, took an act … Continue reading

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James and Henry Austen and “The Loiterer” ~ Literary Influences on Jane Austen

Many of those around her influenced Jane Austen, but Henry Austen’s and James Austen’s influences were profound. Most of Austen’s biographers believe that Henry was Austen’s favorite brother and James her least favorite. James Austen was the eldest of the … Continue reading

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Samuel Huntington, Signer of the Declaration of Independence and First President of the United States

Born on 3 July 1731, in Windham, New London, Connecticut, Samuel Huntington was the son of Nathaniel and Mehetabel (Thurston) Huntington. He was the fourth of ten children and the second son in the family. Nathaniel was a farmer and clothier at … Continue reading

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