ben-charles

imagine the 99th precinct meeting the parks and rec dept. tho

ben trying to break the ice with holt with one of his accounting puns and holt saying ‘that’s hilarious’ completely deadpan

jake and tom driving everyone freakin insane (while gina’s crying out in the background ‘jake no you’re in debt DON’T TREAT YO SELF!’)

leslie and amy pulling out perfect new binders at the exact same time and squealing in excitement

scully and hitchcock finally having a complete office massage chain with the addition of terry/jerry

ray and ron nodding at each other, sentences short and to the point, and immediately becoming immensely fond of each other (ron telling him not to get emotional when ray tells him that with his usual straight face)

terry and chris recommending each other fat-free organic yogurt and exercise routines

april working hard not to smile like a maniac as rosa tells her about her goriest cases

jake and boyle joining in the fun office roleplay with andy and april (and playing like 50 characters each cos they can’t decide who to be)

terry and anne clucking like proud mother hens off at the side (and occasionally leaping in to stop andy/jake/leslie from stupidly killing themselves)

gina immediately bonding with april and persuading her to take selfies with her while they discuss politics (i.e. the presidential election and why it really should be decided with a hunger games)

andy getting really attached to boyle and seeing him as some kind of food god

andy and april placing bets on whether or not jake and amy will get together (and april pretending she really doesn’t care)

sorry for the long post i just have a lot of feelings about this crossover someone write it please??????

some things you prob didn’t know and prob didn’t need to know

“Dined at the President’s - …Dinner not as elegant as when we dined before. [Among other dishes] a pie called macaroni, which appeared to be a rich crust filled with the strillions of onions, or shallots, which I took it to be, tasted very strong, and not agreeable. Mr. Lewis told me there were none in it; it was an Italian dish, and what appeared like onions was made of flour and butter, with a particularly strong liquor mixed with them.”

William Parker Cutler and Julia Perkins Cutler, Life Journals and Correspondence of Rev. Manasseh Cutler (Cincinnati, 1888)

      • in case you were curious, here is his pasta recipe

6 eggs. yolks & whites.
2 wine glasses of milk
2 lb of flour
a little salt
work them together without water, and very well.
roll it then with a roller to a paper thickness
cut it into small peices which roll again with the hand into long slips, & then cut them to a proper length.
put them into warm water a quarter of an hour.
drain them.
dress them as maccaroni.
but if they are intended for soups they are to be put in the soup & not into warm water

I cannot describe the agitation I felt, while I looked around on the various multitude and while I listened to an address, containing principles the most correct, sentiments the most liberal, and wishes the most benevolent, conveyed in the most appropriate and elegant language and in a manner mild as it was firm. If doubts of the integrity and talents of Mr. Jefferson ever existed in the minds of any one, methinks this address must forever eradicate them. The Senate chamber was so crowded that I believe not another creature could enter. On one side of the house the Senate sat, the other was resigned by the representatives to the ladies. The roof is arched, the room half circle, every inch of ground was occupied. It has been conjectured by several gentlemen whom I’ve asked, that there were near a thousand persons within the walls. The speech was delivered in so low a tone that few heard it. Mr. Jefferson had given your Brother [Samuel Harrison Smith, editor of the National Intelligencer] a copy early in the morning, so that on coming out of the house, the paper was distributed immediately

I must not forget the Baron’s dog Azor, the only pedestrian among us. He was a beautiful Italian greyhound, who had an excellent ear for music. Bad singing set him howling, and barking; while he listened with apparent pleasure to a good song. He was particularly averse to the gamut which Captain Landais, (the Commander of the vessel in which we came over from France,) executed every day, by way of musical exercise, in horrid taste. The dog compelled him at last, to put a stop to his practising.from 

Autobiographical Letters of Peter S. Duponceau, 1836.

    • This gay sugerdaddy held a flame shot party where men were only allowed to come if they were pantless

“Once, with the Baron’s permission, his aides invited a number of young officers to dine at our quarters, on condition that none should be admitted that had on a whole pair of breeches. This was, of course, as pars pro toto; but torn clothes were an indispensable requisite for admission, and in this the guests were very sure not to fail. The dinner took place. The guests clubbed their rations, and we feasted sumptuously on tough beefsteak and potatoes, with hickorynuts for our dessert. Instead of wine we had some kind of spirits, with which we made “salamanders”, that is to say, after filling our glasses, we set the liquor on fire, and drank it up flames and all. Such a set of ragged, and, at the same time, merry fellows, were never brought together. The Baron loved to speak of that dinner and his “sanscullottes”, as he called us. Thus this denomination was first invented in America and applied to the brave officers and soldiers of our revolutionary army.”- 

Recounted by Pierre Duponceau in Life of Frederick William von Steuben

Lafayette decided to change the motto on his coat of arms. It had been ‘Vis sat contra fatum’ (Determination is enough to overcome destiny). He made it simpler and took fate out of it. His sword would henceforth read ‘Cur non?’ (Why not?)“

—“For Liberty and Glory” by James R Gaines

“His elocution was handsome; his address easy, polite and insinuating. By his merit he had acquired the unlimited confidence of his general and was making a rapid progress in military rank and reputation. But in the height of his career, flushed with new hope from the execution of a project the most beneficial to his party, that could be devised, he was at once precipitated from the summit of prosperity and saw all the expectations of his ambition blasted and himself ruined.”

- Alexander Hamilton’s letter to John Laurens on October 11, 1780

    • him loosing his checkbook and having to write the bank for a new one while also asking for his balance which he wrote in the checkbook that he lost

“Months after leaving office, he wrote to the Bank of the United States and admitted that he did not know his account balance because he had lost his bank book—this from the man who had created the bank.” 

(Alexander Hamilton, Chernow, 502)

The late Dr. Aeneas Monson, of New Haven, a revolutionary patriot who was with our army at the siege of York, in 1781, used to tell a pleasant story about the British Bombs and the dodging of Hamilton and Knox, which is related by a correspondent in the Courier of that city as follows:

The blinds mentioned in the story were made of hogsheads and pipes filled with sand—they were placed there by the British, for they had occupied the redoubt, and had been driven from it by storm by the Americans. Dr. Monson was himself behind those blinds, and within two or three paces of Hamilton and Knox. With Hamilton, Knox, and others, there were present in that redoubt about four hundred American troops—the French troops were in another redoubt. A general order had been given, that when ashell was seen, they might cry out a shell—but not to cry a shot,when a shot was seen. The reason of this distinction was, that ashell might be avoided, but to cry a shot would only make confusion, and do no good. This order was just then discussed, Col.Hamilton remarking that it seemed to him unsoldier-like to hallooa shell, while Knox contended the contrary, and that the order was wisely given by Gen. Washington, who cared for the life of the men.

The argument, thus stated, was progressed with a slight degree of warmth, when suddenly spat! spat! two shells fell and struck within the redoubt. Instantly the cry broke out on all sides, “ashell! a shell!” and such a scrambling and jumping to reach the blinds and get behind them for defence. Knox and Hamilton were united in action, however differing in word, for both got behind the blinds, and Hamilton to be yet more secure, held on behind Knox, (Knox being a very large man and Hamilton a small man.) Upon this Knox struggled to throw Hamilton off, and in the effort himself (Knox) rolled over and threw Hamilton off towards the shells. Hamilton however scrabbled back again behind the blinds. All this was done rapidly, for in two minutes the shells burst, and threw their deadly missiles in all directions. It was now safe and soldier-like to stand out. “Now,” says Knox, “now what do you think, Mr. Hamilton, about crying shell—but let me tell you not to make a breastwork of me again.” Doctor Monson added that on looking around and finding not a man hurt out of the more than 400, Knox exclaimed, “it is a miracle!”

On occasion, Hamilton gave evidence of a prankish spirit at odds with the image of the sober public man. While on a visit to Newark, Hamiltin’s aide Philip Church met a Polish poet, Julian Niemcewicz, a friend of General Tadeusz Kosciuszko. Niemcewicz insisted that Kosciuszko had entrusted him with a magic secret that permitted him to summon up spirits from the grave. Hamilton, intrigued, invited the Polish poet to a Friday-evening soiree. To give conclusive proof of his black art, Niemcewicz asked Hamilton to step into an adjoining room so that he could not see what was going on. Then one guest wrote down on a card the name of a dead warrior - the baron de Viomenil, who had seen action at Yorktown - and asked the Polish poet to conjure up his shade. Niemcewicz uttered a string of incantations, accompanied by a constantly clanging bell. When it was over, Hamilton strode into the room and “declared that the Baron [de Viomenil] had appeared to him exactly in the dress which he formerly wore and that a conversation had passed between them wh[ich] he was not at liberty to disclose,” related Peter Jay, the governor’s son. That Hamilton had communed with a fallen comrade attracted exceptional attention in New York society, so much so that he had to admit that it was all a hoax he had cooked up with Philip Church and Niemcewicz “to frighten the family for amusement and that it was never intended to be made public.”

- Ron Chernow, Alexander Hamilton

“In this new situation, for which I am as little fitted as Jefferson to guide the helm of the UStates, I come to you as an Adept in rural science for instruction” 

I hate Congress—I hate the army—I hate the world—I hate myself. The whole is a mass of fools and knaves; I could almost except you and Meade. Adieu

I have no ill-will against Colonel Burr.

    • Me and other people believe that he was a bisexual, mostly shown in his relationship with John Laurens
      • here are some posts about it (x) (x)
        • the second one is more about laurens life alltogether but it does mention their relationship
      • Also their are the letters between them

Cold in my professions – warm in my friendships – I wish, my Dear Laurens, it were in my power, by actions rather than words, to convince you that I love you. April, 1779

  • John Laurens 
    • he had a wife named martha who he got pregnant and then left behind in London
    • was gay
      • look back at the laurens-hamilton relationship
      • here is a post that explains why he is gay [x]
    • He also rlly loved turtles
      • here are his drawings of them [x]
    • i recomend going through @john-laurens blog for more about him
  • Tadeusz Kosciuszko
    • told congress that he couldn’t live without coffee

“Tadeusz Kościuszko was among those rare noblemen who actually exercised the energy, generosity, and principles ideally associated with the educated, enlightened leaders of society. His high-mindedness extended beyond tolerance and charity to true disinterestedness; he devoted his life to bettering the lives of others, sacrificing his own comforts and expecting no reward. Even when he rose to power during the Polish insurrection, Kościuszko refused a large salary as Commander-in-Chief and stated that “he would rather work as a gardener among the hedges of the sprawling Czartoryski Palace” than drain the treasury for his own purposes. Nor did Kościuszko possess the vices traditionally ascribed to aristocrats. Though he was attracted to various single and married women over the course of his life, there is no evidence of any transgressions or impropriety. It is also worth noting that Kościuszko rarely indulged in drinking. He admitted his one addiction in a letter to Dr. William Reed in 1781: “I cannot live without coffee.” It is a difficult to find any shortcomings in regard to Kościuszko’s private character.

Lindsey Grudnicki, “True To A Single Object”: The Character of Tadeusz Kosciuszko

“I did go to bed at 10, promising myself a rich sleep. Lay two hours vigil; that cursed one single dish of tea! Note: My bed had undergone a thorough ablution and there were no bugs or insects. Got up and attempted to light candle, but in vain; had flint and matches but only some shreds of punk which would not catch. Recollected a gun which I had on my late journey; filled the pan with powder and was just going to flash it when it occurred that though I had not loaded it someone else might; tried and found in it a very heavy charge! What a fine alarm it would have made if I had fired! Then poured out some powder on a piece of paper, put the shreds of punk with it and after fifty essays succeeded in firing the powder ; but it being dark, had put more powder than intended; my shirt caught fire, the papers on my table caught fire, burnt my fingers to a blister (the left hand, fortunately); it seemed like a general conflagration. Succeeded, however, in lighting my candle and passed the night till 5 this morning in smoking, reading, and writing this.“

      • him having an umbrella with a knife in the handle and attacking someone with it because they told him to put out his candle

“As I was writing the concluding line of the preceding page last evening (about 1 o'clock) an ill-looking fellow opened my door without knocking, and muttering in German something which I did not comprehend, bid me put out my candle. Being in no very placid humor at the moment, as you see, I cursed him and sent him to hell in French and English. He advanced and was going to seize the candle. My umbrella, which had a dirk in the handle, being near me, I seized it, drew the dirk, and drove him out of the room.“

      • literately hit his head on the same pipe twice what a mess

“i mounted to the housetop to see the state of the combustibles. on the way beat out my brains against the stove-pipe. after viewing the subject, descended to put on an appropriate dress. on descending, a second brain-beating”

      • had a huge pimple on his nose that like ruined his life

“from Reeve’s walked on to visit the Donna; but, recollecting my nose, walked home”

“Never did a man suffer death with more justice, or deserve it less. There was something singularly interesting in the character and fortunes of André. To an excellent understanding, well improved by education and travel, he united a peculiar elegance of mind and manners, and the advantage of a pleasing person.” –– Alexander Hamilton

      • Ben Tallmadge

“From the few days of intimate intercourse I had with him, which was from the time of this being remanded to the period of his execution, I became so deeply attached to Major André, that I could remember no instance where my affections were so fully absorbed by any man.”

      • Lafayette

“All the court […] were filled with sentiments of admiration and compassion for him. He behaved with so much frankness, courage and delicacy that I could not help lamenting his unhappy fate. This was one of the most painful duties I ever had to perform.” –– Lafayette

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Women directed August US releases

August 7
The Diary of a Teenage Girl  (Marielle Heller) - LIMITED
The Falling (Carol Morley) - LIMITED

August 14
Fort Tilden (Sarah Violet-Bliss & Charles Rogers) - LIMITED +VOD
Ten Thousand Saints (Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini) - LIMITED

August 18
6 Years (Hannah Fidell) - LIMITED + VOD
Learning to Drive (Isabel Coixet) - LIMITED

August 25
The Second Mother (Anna Muylaert) - LIMITED

August 28
Zipper (Mora Stephens) - LIMITED + VOD

In the Gold Bar, the dolls finally confronted Laganja about her confusing and over-the-top drag persona.