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History, Furniture and Fishing

Sometimes when I walk into the office in the morning, Dennis tells me that he just read the blog and he wished that I would post more history blogs. Well Dennis, I hope to quench your thirst today!

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Since there was no blogging in Colonial Days (I tried to come up with a joke there, but my Captain Obvious statement will have to stand alone) , we rely on such things as the letters of our founding fathers. Our second president, John Adams, was known as a constant letter writer. There have been many letters between he and his wife that have become part of the historical archives.

One letter that he wrote to Abigail Adams dealt with his complaint of having to clean up the President’s House as he moved in following the Washington Presidency. The President’s House in Philadelphia, served as home to Washington and then Adams, until the government was transferred to the District of Columbia, with Adams then moving to the White House in 1800.

So, as Adams was moving into that Philadelphia location after George Washington’s term, here’s what he wrote:

Last night for the first time I slept in our new House. But what a Scene: The Furniture belonging to the Publick is in the most deplorable Condition. There is not a Chair fit to sit in. The Beds and Bedding are in a woeful Pickle. This House has been a Scene of the most Scandalous Drinking and Disorder among the servants, that ever I heard of. I would not have one of them for any Consideration. There is not a Carpet nor a Curtain, nor a Glass nor Linnen nor China nor any Thing. Dont expose this Picture.”

I posted the letter as it was written, including the curious spellings on a few words. So, that gives Dennis some history; some excuse when I might misspell a word in the blog; and the reminder that no one ever wants to be in a woeful pickle!

And for pic o’ day… a day of basic trout fishing:

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