Bad News

On or around 10 August 1776, the Declaration of Independence reached England and was published in British newspapers. And you can imagine how popular that was. Lord North’s ministry, which was then in power, wouldn’t dignify it with an official response, though they did secretly commission a pamphleteer named John Lind to draft a rebuttal, entitled Answer to the Declaration of the American Congress. Lind’s … Continue reading Bad News

Penn’s Woods

In honor of my former home state, I had to write this one up: On March 4, 1681, King Charles II granted William Penn a charter for a tract of land in the New World that would eventually become Pennsylvania. The charter, which was issued to satisfy a debt Charles owed Penn’s Father, included land that is now Pennsylvania and Delaware. Penn set out for … Continue reading Penn’s Woods