If Samuel Adas was the guru of the Patriot cause, Hancock, thirty-seven was its uncrowned king. Handsome, with the stubble of a beard visable on his clean-shaven cheeks, he’d recently scored a major success in March with a surprisingly well delivered Massacre Day Oration, an annual event held in the Old South Meetinghouse that provided Bostonians with a stirring reminder of the evils of a standing army.
Bunker Hill: a City, a Siege, a Revolution by Nathaniel Philbrick
Meet the crew of the Essex (3/?): Second Mate Matthew Joy
Matthew Joy, who as second mate was the lowest-ranking officer, was left without a single islander on his boat […]
Joy was no longer a Quaker, but on January 10, a hot, windless day in the Pacific, he demonstrated a Friend’s sense of duty and devotion. For the last two days his boat-crew had been left leaderless; he now asked to be returned to them. His loyalty to his crew was in the end greater than his need for comfort from his fellow Nantucketers.
Stumbled upon this beauty that I’d never heard of before today! It’s been so long since I bought a book on a whim, and I’m really intrigued by this topic. I also bought The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August and Light Boxes, both of which I think were recommended to me some time ago by @colourmeread or @violinwaist? Not too sure. Anyway, super excited for these new books and thankful for the holiday giftcard that paid for them!