Ok folks please grab it and park it please so we can get this show on the road. I’ve got 6 lengthy and some what touchy-feely essays to do of my Interpersonal Communications Class. Apparently my Professor thinks she’s the next Oprah and the key to good Interpersonal Communications is dredging up and sharing personal experiences from your past with a bunch of snot nosed kids and other assorted people you don’t know. Having to fabricate complete fantasies which satisfy the essay requirements is quite time consuming as my past is just that MINE and I’ll be the one to decide who I trust enough to bloody well share it with.
Moving on- there are 2 sort of house keeping announcements today but I’ve chosen the place them in the issue where they are likely to get more attention from you. You’ll know them and they come up as you’ll see me green comments and not be laughing, (at least I hope not).
Finally a word about today’s header and issue theme. Today is the 227th Anniversary of the signing of the U. S. Constitution.
On September 17, 1787, the U.S. Constitution was signed by thirty-nine brave men who changed the course of history. Now Constitution Day is a time for us to continue their legacy, develop habits of citizenship in a new generation of Americans and object the the hoards of illegal aliens flooding into and seeking to take over our country through sheer weight of numbers and financial drain on our economy.
OK that’s it if you kind folk will excuse me, I’m off to write about my personal life while attempting not to start out each essay with..”A long time ago when the Earth was green…”
Last Thursday marked the 13th Anniversary of the tragedy of the Terrorist Attack on the Twin Towers, the Pentagon and Heroes of Shanksville Pa. who’s courage and bravery saved the White House as well as the selfless sacrifice of those who lost their lives in the ensuing aftermath. Sadly due to somewhat hurriedly preparing these issues way in advance, as my work & school load permit, I missed the fact it was the day after my last issue, something I have considerable regret over.
This is a day that is permanently etched deeply into my memory forever as it should be for every American who bore silent witness to the horror of that day. Sadly this is not so for those not directly effected or suffering a loss because of it the observances diminish with each passing year as memories fade or are ignored because they are uncomfortable in an attempt forget- something that must never be allowed.
When people ask why we wage a war on terror I point to Sept 11th and to beheaded Journalists and Aid Workers and respond because they declared war on us first and all that is needed for them to win is for those of good conscious to do nothing. The US is the lone candle holding back the darkness that is Fundamentalist Islamic Terrorism while the rest of the world chooses rather to simply curse the encroaching darkness. As American citizens we cannot just stand idly by while this happens. It goes against the American Patriotic/Citizenship Gene each one of us receives at birth as a legacy of those who came before and made this nation great by upholding the principles of the Founding Fathers set forth in our Constitution, which we celebrate the signing of today.
School House Rock – The Constitution
Unfortunately folks again this week we find ourselves gathered grave side
FILE – In this Sept. 21, 2012 file photo, from left, Britt Ekland and Richard Kiel attend a photocall for the “Bond 50” anniversary in London. Kiel, the towering actor best known for portraying steel-toothed villain Jaws in a pair of James Bond films, has died. He was 74. (Photo by Jonathan Short/Invision/AP, file)
Richard Kiel, actor who played Bond villain ‘Jaws,’ dies
FRESNO, Calif. >> Richard Kiel, the towering actor best known for portraying steel-toothed villain Jaws in a pair of James Bond films, has died. He was 74.
Kelley Sanchez, director of communications at Saint Agnes Medical Center, confirmed Wednesday that Kiel was a patient at the hospital and died. Kiel’s agent, Steven Stevens, also confirmed his death. Both declined to provide further details.
The 7-foot-2-inch performer famously played the cable-chomping henchman who tussled with Roger Moore’s Bond in 1977’s “The Spy Who Loved Me” and 1979’s “Moonraker.” Bond quipped of the silent baddie: “His name’s Jaws. He kills people.”
Despite appearing in several other films and TV shows, such as “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” and “The Longest Yard,” [Pale Rider w/ Clint Eastwood] the role of Jaws was an iconic one Kiel could never escape.
“To this day, I go out in sunglasses and a hat because people will shout ‘Hey, Jaws!’ at me from across the street,” he told the Daily Mail earlier this year. “The only way I can explain it is that he’s like the Road Runner, which Coyote keeps trying to blow up, but he keeps going.”
Kiel’s other memorable roles included bullying golf spectator Mr. Larson in “Happy Gilmore,” lethal Dr. Loveless’s assistant Voltaire in “The Wild, Wild West” and extraterrestrial Kanamit in “The Twilight Zone.” He also reprised the character of Jaws for several James Bond video games and voiced the thug Vlad in the animated Disney film “Tangled.”
Born in Detroit, Kiel began appearing in TV shows and films in the 1960s, debuting in an episode of the Western series “Laramie.” He published an autobiography in 2002 titled “Making It Big in the Movies.”
We the People (Constitution Song)
Impish called for votes via comments in his last issue to help settle the troubles his somewhat emphatic and overly definitive opinion on what the best pizza was caused him. I can’t say the response rate has risen even to the level of being underwhelming. While I too am guilty of not responding as yet I hope to be able to properly address the issue in the next day or so as soon as I can find 10 unspoken for minutes to collect and properly express my thoughts on the subject.
Just because you didn’t see the dark suits at today’s opening comments doesn’t mean they aren’t still around, it just means they annoyed the hell out of me by leaning about as far over the line of the rules of Accordance of Neutral Territory as they could get without actually toppling over in their attempts to get to Impish and
rough him up/threaten him I MEAN present their case one too many times and I got tired of all the violence and collateral damage. [Read that last line as I blew my stack when someone opened up with a Thompson on my full freshly brewed urn of Brown Gold to emphasis he was in no mood to be told he and his couldn’t see Impish. Impish will be the first to tell you that a stackless Leprechaun is NOT something you ever want to see or experience as even some dragons become weak in the knees over the sight.]
Since these gentleman seem to have so much restless energy to burn and desired physical ways to express it, I’ve had what remained of their numbers after the Coffee Urn incident quartered over in the adjacent mountain where Ginny has talked Santa into building Impish’s giant fancy azzed practically a water park swimming pool/grotto in conjunction with our own indoor party center. Now they are working off all that restless energy in 16 hour a day shifts until such time as Impish is ready to finish his debate with them.
PLEASE take a moment to get register your vote and/or make your pizza thoughts known in the comments section or via mail to
so we can lay this thing to rest and get rid of these
mob guy I MEAN pizza promoting factions and get back to what passes for normal around here ASAP!
<Sniffling> God Bless American Innovation!
That bacon bike made me hungry! I’m still on a tailgating kick however since Molly is such a college football fan. I think if I could come up with tailgate food even for breakfast on Saturdays & Sundays she’d be happy. Here are 3 more easy to make sure to be a hit tailgating partying or anytime recipes.
Mini Muffin Philly Cheesesteak Bites
- 2 pounds ground sirloin (1 pound per muffin tin)
- 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
- 1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
- 1 green bell pepper, finely chopped
- 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose biscuit mix
- 1/2 cup milk
- 2 cups shredded provolone cheese, divided
- Salt and pepper
- Nonstick cooking spray
Serves 4-6 as a snack (fills 2 mini muffin tins)
Pre-heat the oven to 400ºF. Put two mini muffin pans into the hot oven for a few minutes until hot.
While the mini muffin pan is pre-heating, prepare the Philly cheesesteak mixture.
In a medium size skillet over medium-high heat, brown the meat. Once brown, add the onion, peppers and Worcestershire sauce and cook for 1-2 minutes. Remove from the heat and cool.
In a medium size bowl, mix the biscuit mix, milk, cooled meat mixture and 1 1/2 cups of the cheese. Season with salt and pepper.
Pull the hot pan out of the oven and spray the muffin cups with the cooking spray. Use a small scoop to evenly scoop heaping scoopfuls of the biscuit mixture into all of the mini muffin cups. Top each scoop of mixture with a little sprinkle of the remaining cheese.
Bake for 15 minutes, or until golden on top.
Spinach Artichoke Potato Skins
Your favorite spinach-artichoke dip inside a potato skin. Touchdown!
Serves 6-8 snack-size servings
- 3 pounds Idaho potatoes
- 1/4 cup white onion, small diced
- 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 1 box frozen chopped spinach (10 ounces), defrosted and squeezed of excess water
- 1 box frozen artichokes, defrosted, drained and finely chopped
- 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
- Zest of 1 lemon
- 1/2 cup white cheddar cheese, divided
- 1/2 cup grated Parmigianino Reggiano cheese, divided
- Salt and ground black pepper
Pre-heat the oven to 400ºF.
Place the potatoes on a baking sheet and roast until tender, about 25-30 minutes. Remove and set aside until cool enough to touch. Cut each potato in half and scoop the insides out into a medium size mixing bowl. Place the skins, cut-sides up, back onto the baking sheet.
In a sauté pan, cook the onion and garlic until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the spinach and season with salt and pepper. Place the softened cream cheese into the mixing bowl with the potato flesh. Add the spinach mixture, artichokes, lemon zest, 1/4 cup cheddar, 1/4 cup Parmigianino Reggiano, salt and ground black pepper to the mixing bowl and mix well.
With a small spoon, scoop the spinach-artichoke potatoes into the little potato skins. Top with the remaining Parmigianino and cheddar, and place back in the oven until the cheese is lightly browned, about 10 minutes.
I’ve made smaller ones for buffet lines out of the 3# bag of potatoes you get for including with clams in a steamer or crabs in a boil. You can even make one bite ones out of new or fingerling potatoes. I’ve even taken the filling added bacon to it and piped it into cleaned out Crimini mushrooms brushed the top w/ garlic butter and baked as a stuffed mushrooms.
Grab a seat Ginny and the rest of you dessert/ recipe fans!
CHOCOLATE CARAMEL CAKE BARS
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Yield: 16-20 bars
Light and airy, with a decadent crumb and a hint or caramel, this chocolate caramel cake makes a great accompaniment to a cup of coffee in the afternoon or after dinner.
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1 & 1/4 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup Greek yogurt
1/4 cup International delight caramel macchiato coffee creamer
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/s teaspoon salt
1 & 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
4 oz vanilla caramels
1 tablespoon International delight caramel macchiato coffee creamer
1. Heat the oven to 350°F. Line a 13×9” baking pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
2. In a mixing bowl, add the butter and sugar. With the paddle attachment on, beat on low speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
3. Add eggs and vanilla, beat well.
4. Stir in the yogurt and coffee creamer.
5. In a separate bowl, stir together flour, cocoa, salt and baking soda. Gently fold the dry ingredients into the wet ones.
6. Pour the batter into prepared pan.
7. Bake 28-30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
8. Remove from the oven and cool completely in pan on a wire rack.
9. Cut into 16 or 20 bars
10. To make the caramel icing, place the caramels and coffee creamer in a small saucepan and cook over low heat until melted.
11. Cool slightly and pour over the cake bars
Rights Rights Baby
DETROIT HS GRADUATION
A student who played HS football in Detroit (MI) was a great running back, but a very poor student. At graduation, he didn’t have enough credits. But he was such a great football star that the students held a rally & demanded the principal give him a diploma anyway. They were so insistent that the principal agreed if Darqueeze could answer one question correctly, he would give him a diploma.
The one-question test was held in the auditorium & all the students packed the place. It was standing room only. The principal stood on the stage & told Darqueeze to come up. The principal had the diploma in his hand & he said, “Darqueeze, if you can answer this question correctly, I’ll give you
Darqueeze said he was ready & the principal asked him the question.
“Darqueeze,” he asked, “How much is three times seven?”
The student looked up at the ceiling & then down at his shoes, just pondering the question.
The other students began chanting, “Graduate him anyway! Graduate him anyway!”
Then Darqueeze held up his hand & the auditorium became silent.
He said, “I think I know the answer. Three times seven is twenty-one.”
A hush fell over the auditorium until all the students began another chant.
“Give him another chance! Give him another chance!”
Curley, Moe, Larry &The Fourth Stooge, Schmuck
God Bless the U.S.A. by Lee Greenwood
Keep laughing Impish- I figure you got about 2 or 3 years until that’s you pal!
Diaman I’d like to thank you for posing for that picture!
Constitution Day (or Citizenship Day) is an American federal observance that recognizes the adoption of the United States Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens. It is normally observed on September 17, the day the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution in 1787 in Philadelphia.
When Constitution Day falls on a weekend or on another holiday, schools and other institutions observe the holiday on an adjacent weekday. This was the case in 2005 and 2011, when Constitution Day was generally observed on Friday, September 16,and 2006 when the holiday was observed on Monday, September 18.
The law establishing the present holiday was created in 2004 with the passage of an amendment by Senator Robert Byrd to the Omnibus spending bill of 2004. Before this law was enacted, the holiday was known as “Citizenship Day”. In addition to renaming the holiday “Constitution Day and Citizenship Day,” the act mandates that all publicly funded educational institutions, and all federal agencies, provide educational programming on the history of the American Constitution on that day. In May 2005, the United States Department of Education announced the enactment of this law and that it would apply to any school receiving federal funds of any kind. This holiday is not observed by granting time off work for federal employees.
On September 17, 1787, the U.S. Constitution was signed by thirty-nine brave men who changed the course of history. Now Constitution Day is a time for us to continue their legacy and develop habits of citizenship in a new generation of Americans.
But what of these brave men who affixed their names and basically signed their own death warrants by doing so as traitors to the British Crown? We know they signed, some we know became our first Politicians and leaders of our fledgling democracy. There are many false stories about what became of these men so for the straight dope I went to Snopes.
In the waning years of their lengthy lives, former presidents (and Founding Fathers) John Adams and Thomas Jefferson reconciled the political differences that had separated them for many years and carried on a voluminous correspondence. One of the purposes behind their exchange of letters was to set the record straight regarding the events of the American Revolution, for as author Joseph J. Ellis noted, they (particularly Adams, whom history would not treat nearly as kindly as Jefferson) were keenly aware of the “distinction between history as experienced and history as remembered”:
Adams realized that the act of transforming the American Revolution into history placed a premium on selecting events and heroes that fit neatly into a dramatic formula, thereby distorting the more tangled and incoherent experience that participants actually making the history felt at the time. Jefferson’s drafting of the Declaration of Independence was a perfect example of such dramatic distortions. The Revolution in this romantic rendering became one magical moment of inspiration, leading inexorably to the foregone conclusion of American independence.
Evidently Adams was right: So great is our need for simplified, dramatic events and heroes that even the real-life biographies of the fifty-six men who risked their lives to publicly declare American independence are no longer compelling enough. Through multiple versions of pieces like the one quoted above, their lives have been repeatedly embellished with layers of fanciful fiction to make for a better story. As we often do, we’ll try here to strip away those accumulated layers of fiction and get down to whatever kernel of truth may lie underneath:
Five signers were captured by the British as traitors and tortured before they died.
It is true that five signers of the Declaration of Independence were captured by the British during the course of the Revolutionary War. However, none of them died while a prisoner, and four of them were taken into custody not because they were considered “traitors” due to their status as signatories to that document, but because they were captured as prisoners of war while actively engaged in military operations against the
George Walton was captured after being wounded while commanding militia at the Battle of Savannah in December 1778, and Thomas Heyward, Jr., Arthur Middleton, and Edward Rutledge (three of the four Declaration of Independence signers from South Carolina) were taken prisoner at the Siege of Charleston in May in 1780. Although they endured the ill treatment typically afforded to prisoners of war during their captivity (prison conditions were quite deplorable at the time), they were not tortured, nor is there evidence that they were treated more harshly than other wartime prisoners who were not also signatories to the Declaration. Moreover, all four men were eventually exchanged or released; had they been considered traitors by the British, they would have been hanged.
Richard Stockton of New Jersey was the only signer taken prisoner specifically because of his status as a signatory to the Declaration, “dragged from his bed by night” by local Tories after he had evacuated his family from New Jersey, and imprisoned in New York City’s infamous Provost Jail like a common criminal.
Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned.
It is true that a number of signers saw their homes and property occupied, ransacked, looted, and vandalized by the British (and even in some cases by the Americans). However, as we discuss in more detail below, this activity was a common part of warfare. Signers’ homes were not specifically targeted for destruction — like many other Americans, their property was subject to seizure when it fell along the path of a war being waged on the North American continent.
Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army, another had two sons captured.
Abraham Clark of New Jersey saw two of his sons captured by the British and incarcerated on the prison ship Jersey. John Witherspoon, also of New Jersey, saw his eldest son, James, killed in the Battle of Germantown in October 1777. If there was a second signer of the Declaration whose son was killed while serving in the Continental Army, we have yet to identify him.
Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War.
This statement is quite misleading as phrased. Nine signers died during the course of the Revolutionary War, but none of them died from wounds or hardships inflicted on them by the British. (Indeed, several of the nine didn’t even take part in the war.) Only one signer, Button Gwinnett of Georgia, died from wounds, and those were received not at the hands of the British, but from a fellow officer with whom he dueled in May 1777.
Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his ships swept from the seas by the British Navy. He sold his home and properties to pay his debts, and died in rags.
Before the American Revolution, Carter Braxton was possessed of a considerable fortune through inheritance and favorable marriages. While still in his teens he inherited the family estate, which included a flourishing Virginia tobacco plantation, upon the death of his father. He married a wealthy heiress who died when he was just 21, and within a few years he had remarried, this time to the daughter of the Receiver of Customs in Virginia for the King. As a delegate representing Virginia in the Continental Congress in 1776, he was one of the minority of delegates reluctant to support an American declaration of independence, a move which he viewed at the time as too dangerous:
[Independence] is in truth a delusive Bait which men inconsiderably catch at, without knowing the hook to which it is affixed … America is too defenseless a State for the declaration, having no alliance with a naval Power nor as yet any Fleet of consequence of her own to protect that trade which is so essential to the prosecution of the War, without which I know we cannot go on much longer.
Braxton invested his wealth in commercial enterprises, particularly shipping, and he endured severe financial reversals during the Revolutionary War when many of the ships in which he held interest were either appropriated by the British government (because they were British-flagged) or were sunk or captured by the British. He was not personally targeted for ruin because he had signed the Declaration of Independence, however; he suffered grievous financial losses because most of his wealth was tied up in shipping, “that trade which is so essential to the prosecution of the War” and which was therefore a prime military target for the British. Even if he hadn’t signed the Declaration of Independence, Braxton’s ships would have been casualties of the war just the same.
Although Braxton did lose property during the war and had to sell off assets (primarily landholdings) to cover the debts incurred by the loss of his ships, he recouped much of that money after the war but subsequently lost it again through his own ill-advised business dealings. His fortune was considerably diminished in his later years, but he did not by any stretch of the imagination “die in rags.”
Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family almost constantly. He served in the Congress without pay, and his family was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him, and poverty was his reward.
As one biography describes Thomas McKean (not “McKeam”):
Thomas McKean might just represent an ideal study of how far political engagement can be carried by one man. One can scarcely believe the number of concurrent offices and duties this man performed during the course of his long career. He served three states and many more cities and county governments, often performing duties in two or more jurisdictions, even while engaged in federal office.
Among his many offices, McKean was a delegate to the Continental Congress (of which he later served as president), President of Delaware, Chief Justice of Pennsylvania, and Governor of Pennsylvania. The above-quoted statement regarding his being “hounded” by the British during the Revolutionary War is probably based upon a letter he wrote to his friend John Adams in 1777, in which he described how he had been “hunted like a fox by the enemy, compelled to remove my family five times in three months, and at last fixed them in a little log-house on the banks of the Susquehanna, but they were soon obliged to move again on account of the incursions of the Indians.”
However, it is problematic to assert that McKean’s treatment was due to his being a signer of the Declaration of Independence. (His name does not appear on printed copies of that document authenticated in January 1777, so it is likely he did not affix his name to it until later.) If he was targeted by the British, it was quite possibly because he also served in a military capacity as a volunteer leader of militia. In any case, McKean did not end up in “poverty,” as the estate he left behind when he died in 1817 was described as consisting of “stocks, bonds, and huge land tracts in Pennsylvania.”
Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton.
First of all, this passage has a couple of misspellings: the signers referred to are William Ellery (not “Dillery”) and Edward Rutledge (not “Ruttledge”). Secondly, this sentence is misleading in that it implies a motive that was most likely not present (i.e., these men’s homes were looted because they had been signers of the Declaration of Independence).
The need to forage for supplies in enemy territory has long been a part of warfare, and so it was far from uncommon for British soldiers in the field to appropriate such material from private residences during the American Revolution. (Not only were homes used as sources of food, livestock, and other necessary supplies, but larger houses were also taken over and used to quarter soldiers or to serve as headquarters for officers.) In some cases, even American forces took advantage of the local citizenry to provision themselves. Given that many more prominent American revolutionaries who were also signers of the Declaration of Independence (e.g., Samuel Adams, John Hancock, Benjamin Franklin, James Wilson, Benjamin Rush, Robert Morris) had homes in areas that were occupied by the British during the war, yet those homes were not looted or vandalized, it’s hard to make the case that the men named above were specifically targeted for vengeance by the British rather than unfortunate victims whose property fell in the path of an armed conflict being waged on American soil.
At the battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson, Jr., noted that the British General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home for his headquarters. He quietly urged General George Washington to open fire. The home was destroyed, and Nelson died bankrupt.
The tale about Thomas Nelson’s urging or suggesting the bombardment of his own house is one of several Revolutionary War legends whose truth may never be known. Several versions of this story exist, one of which (as referenced above) holds that Nelson encouraged George Washington to shell his Yorktown home after British Major General Charles Cornwallis had taken it over to use as his headquarters in 1781:
Cornwallis had turned the home of Thomas Nelson, who had succeeded Jefferson as governor of Virginia, into his headquarters. Nelson, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, had led three Virginia brigades, or 3,000 men, to Yorktown and, when the shelling of the town was about to begin, urged Washington to bombard his own house. And that is where Washington, with his experienced surveyor’s eye, reputedly pointed the gun for the first (and singularly fatal) allied shot. Legend has it that the shell went right through a window and landed at the dinner table where some British officers, including the British commissary general, had just sat down to dine. The general was killed and several others wounded as it burst among their plates.
Other versions of the story have Nelson directing the Marquis de Lafayette to train French artillery on his home:
The story goes that the new Virginia Governor Thomas Nelson (who’d been held at Yorktown but released under a flag of truce) was with American forces that day. Lafayette invited Nelson to be present when Captain Thomas Machin’s battery first opened fire, as both a compliment and knowing Nelson lived in Yorktown and would know the localities in the riverport area. “To what particular spot,” Lafayette reportedly asked Nelson, “would your Excellency direct that we should point the cannon.” Nelson replied, “There, to that house. It is mine, and … it is the best one in the town. There you will be almost certain to find Lord Cornwallis and the British headquarters.”
“A simultaneous discharge of all the guns in the line,” Joseph Martin wrote, was “followed [by] French troops accompanying it with ‘Huzza for the Americans.'” Sounding much like the Nelson legend, Martin’s account added that “the first shell sent from our batteries entered an elegant house formerly owned or occupied by the Secretary of State under the British, and burned directly over a table surrounded by a large party of British officers at dinner, killing and wounding a number of them.”
Still other accounts maintain this legend is a conflation of two separate events: Thomas Nelson, acting as commander in chief of the Virginia militia, ordered a battery to open fire on his uncle’s home, where Cornwallis was then ensconced. Later, Nelson supposedly made a friendly bet with French artillerists in which he challenged them to hit his home, one of the more prominent landmarks in Yorktown.
Whatever the truth, the Nelson home was certainly not “destroyed” as claimed. The house stands to this day as part of Colonial National Historical Park, and the National Park Service’s description of it notes only that “the southeast face of the residence does show evidence of damage from cannon fire.”
Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months.
Francis Lewis represented New York in the Continental Congress, and shortly after he signed the Declaration of Independence his Long Island estate was raided by the British, possibly as retaliation for his having been a signatory to that document. While Lewis was in Philadelphia attending to congressional matters, his wife was taken prisoner by the British after disregarding an order for citizens to evacuate Long Island. Mrs. Lewis was held for several months before being exchanged for the wives of British officials captured by the Americans. Although her captivity was undoubtedly a hardship, she had already been in poor health for some time and died a few years (not months) later.
John Hart was driven from his wife’s bedside as she was dying. Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill were laid to waste. For more than a year, he lived in forests and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his children vanished. A few weeks later, he died from exhaustion and a broken heart.
John Hart’s New Jersey farm was looted in the course of the Revolutionary War (possibly due his status as Speaker of the Assembly), and he did have to remain in hiding in nearby mountains for a short time, but the rest of the above passage is gross exaggeration. When the British overran the area of New Jersey where Hart resided in late November of 1776, he was not “driven from his [dying] wife’s bedside,” as his wife had already died several weeks earlier (and most of his thirteen children were adults by then). He certainly didn’t spend “more than a year” on the run living “in forests and caves,” as the Continental Army recaptured the area within a month (through General George Washington’s famous crossing of the Delaware River on Christmas night). Hart also did not die “from exhaustion and a broken heart” a mere “few weeks” after emerging from hiding — in 1778 he was re-elected to the New Jersey assembly, and he invited the American army to encamp on his New Jersey farmland in June 1778 before succumbing to kidney stones in May 1779.
Norris and Livingston suffered similar fates.
Lewis Morris (not Norris) indeed saw his Westchester County, New York, home taken over in 1776 and used as a barracks for soldiers, and the horses and livestock from his farm commandeered by military personnel, but he suffered those initial deprivations at the hands of the Continental Army, not the British. Shortly afterwards his property was appropriated, looted, and burned by the British when they occupied New York. (Morris and his wife were eventually able to reclaim their property and restore their home after the war.)
Philip Livingston lost several properties to the British occupation of New York and sold off others to support the war effort, and he did not recover them because he died suddenly in 1778, before the end of the war.
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