Hamilton, Burr and the Great Waterworks Ruse (NYT):

The history of the Morris-Jumel Mansion is as complicated and sordid as you would expect of the oldest home in Manhattan. It is steeped in deceit, murder, ghosts and contemporary Broadway theater. And the artifact that untangles this convoluted history is an unassuming three-inch chunk of a hollowed-out pine tree.


After the British retreat, it was bought by a French merchant, Stephen Jumel, who lived there with his wife, Eliza Bowen. Bowen, the daughter of a Rhode Island prostitute, was initially Jumel’s mistress before she tricked him into marrying her by feigning a fatal illness. In 1832, Jumel died of pneumonia following a carriage accident, and a little more than a year later, Bowen married Burr, who moved into the mansion with her. The marriage lasted only three years before they divorced, which was rare for the time. Stories of sightings of Eliza’s ghost are common (and encouraged by the caretakers of the Morris-Jumel Mansion); a ghost-hunting crew from the Travel Channel filmed an episode of “Ghost Adventures” in the house in 2014. But it is Burr’s association with Hamilton, Broadway’s biggest headliner, that has lately been driving visitors to the mansion.

The Manhattan Company’s water pipes — the wooden variety would soon be replaced by iron — represented New York’s first attempt at bringing clean water to the busy neighborhoods downtown. “The horses wouldn’t even drink from what was available,” said Kelsey Brow, assistant curator of the mansion. Still, the system did not work very well.

Burr essentially conned Hamilton into backing his plan for a public waterworks, and then changed the wording in the Manhattan Company’s charter to make it a front for a New York public bank. As a Federalist, and therefore a strong centralized bank supporter, Hamilton was furious.

“Obviously some pipe was laid,” Ms. Brow said. “But Burr dropped all pretense that this was anything but pretense pretty quick, and what he created is now called JPMorgan Chase & Company bank.”

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One of the things I love most about ICoS is when I first started reading I just thought it’d be another romance with a little drama and action here and there but what I realized after four fucking books was that it wasn’t just about the relationship between Hsin and Boyd, but also the relationships between friends and enemies, between the family you’re born with and the people you choose as family and the journey you go on while finding your place in the world… And if you don’t think that’s fucking awesome and beautiful get out of my face 

dude at the place tonight:

  • kinda hot  ✔
  • dirty bird ✔
  • obviously interested  ✔ ✔
  • leather scenester  ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔
  • leftist   ✔
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People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that’s what everyone wants. But a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that is holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life. A true soul mate is probably the most important person you’ll ever meet, because they tear down your walls and smack you awake. But to live with a soul mate forever? Nah. Too painful. Soul mates, they come into your life just to reveal another layer of yourself to you, and then leave. A soul mates purpose is to shake you up, tear apart your ego a little bit, show you your obstacles and addictions, break your heart open so new light can get in, make you so desperate and out of control that you have to transform your life.


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