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A Liberty Tree---Chapter Twenty-Three. [Jan. 31st, 2007|02:10 pm]
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The sounds of horse’s hooves on cobblestone was faint but distinctive. Suddenly my heart felt a flutter as I heard the sounds cease. Nathaniel slowly came downstairs. He looked quite dashing and handsome. His normally wild mane of dark hair was tamed into tidy waves. My brother looked quite smart in his dark blue breeches and waistcoat and white shirt. As he pulled on his dark blue coat, a knock came tot he front door. Tidying his plain ruffled cuffs, Nathaniel walked to the door, opened it and was greeted by a short, middle-aged man.
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A Liberty Tree---Chapter Twenty-Two [Dec. 4th, 2006|01:14 pm]
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I stood in front of the mirror and twirled about. I had rummaged through my wardrobe in absolute disgust. I had not realized the extent of my neglect regarding my collection of dresses. As I slipped on my stockings and secured them with my finest lace garters, I sighed with relief that my favorite dress still fit well and its condition still fine. A creamy shift with half-sleeves trimmed with a fine lace made by my own hand, a solid peach bodice, a cream shirt dotted with tiny flowers of peach and pale blue topped a petticoat trimmed with lace. I had fashioned my dark mane into a tidy twist and gentle curls framed my face. I gazed in the mirror with great satisfaction that I would impress as I secured a lacy scarf over my shoulders...I left little hidden, though.
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A Liberty Tree---Chapter Twenty-One. [Dec. 2nd, 2006|12:23 pm]
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Two days. Could I locate lodgings for my brother and I in two days?
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A Liberty Tree---Chapter Twenty [Dec. 1st, 2006|11:25 am]
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Two days to find a place to live?, I thought.

“That’s so messed up. Fricking family will screw ya any chance they get.”, I said aloud as I slumped back into the car seat. I stared down at the open journal in my lap. The pages were slightly yellowed from age. I seemed so weird reading the lady’s writing, all of a sudden. At the same time, I found myself really getting into it.
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A Liberty Tree---Chapter Nineteen [Nov. 23rd, 2006|09:50 am]
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Uncle Samuel’s burial concluded, Nathaniel and I returned home. It was a long and somber walk...a slow pace we took...like a lazy day’s walk. We grasped each other’s hand and would give each other a warm squeeze now and then. No words past between my brother and I as we walked on. There was a hesitation in both of us as we caught sight of the house...we dreaded entering...to find Aunt Becca shrouded in mourning...weeping cousins surrounding her like dutiful daughters. Husbands standing by to offer consoling and James, her son and man of God, faithfully reading Scripture to offer all solace and understanding during this troubling and difficult time.
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A Liberty Tree---Chapter Eighteen [Nov. 23rd, 2006|09:14 am]
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The incident began on King Street when a young wigmaker's apprentice called out to a British officer that he was late paying his barber's bill. The officer did not reply to the boy. When the apprentice remained quite vocal in his complaints an hour later, the British sentry outside the customs house called the apprentice to him and clubbed him on the head. The apprentice's companions yelled at the sentry and a British sergeant chased them away. The apprentices returned with more townspeople, shouting insults at the sentry and throwing snowballs and litter.

A sergeant sent a messenger to the Main Guard for reinforcements. The Officer of the Day, a Captain Preston, dispatched a corporal and six privates, all grenadiers of the 29th Regiment of Foot, and he followed soon after. The mob had grown in size and continued throwing stones, sticks, and chunks of ice. A group of sailors and dockworkers arrived carrying large sticks of firewood and pushed to the front of the crowd and directly confronted the soldiers. As bells rang in the surrounding steeples, the crowd of Bostonians grew larger and more threatening.

In the midst of the commotion, a private was struck down onto the ground by a thrown club. He fired his musket into the air and yelled "Fire!" All but one of the other soldiers shot their weapons into the crowd.
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A Liberty Tree---Chapter Seventeen [Nov. 23rd, 2006|09:04 am]
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On June 13, the day of James Warren’s burial, the Sons of Liberty held a meeting at Faneuil Hall. A committee was appointed to petition Governor Bernard for the removal of the Romney and to end the heavy handed actions by the customs officials. The governor received a delegation, which included Mister Hancock and Mister Adams, the following day and Governor Bernard promised to do everything within his power to bring about conciliation and he made a specific promise to end the oppression.
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A Liberty Tree---Chapter Sixteen [Nov. 22nd, 2006|01:47 pm]
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June 10, 1768...customs officials seized Mister Hancock’s sloop, Liberty, on trumped up charges of a contraband cargo of Madeira wine. An order was given for a warship, Romney, waiting near the harbor to tow the Liberty away from Mister Hancock’s dock to an isolated spot in the harbor. The Sons of Liberty incited a mob which gathered on the wharf. My brother was among those Sons of Liberty, who fueled the fire of protest.
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A Liberty Tree---Chapter Fifteen [Nov. 18th, 2006|01:09 pm]
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I stood in awe and shock at the spectacle which assaulted my wide eyes. The tavern was packed to the rafters with some of the finest men in all of Boston. Laughter and cheers roared within the walls of the establishment. Mister Warren’s tavern girls rushed and danced about the tables as they filled the requests of the thirsty patrons...Mister Hancock’s guests.
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A Liberty Tree---Chapter Fourteen [Nov. 15th, 2006|01:23 pm]
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I rose the next morning after a fitful sleep. I wiped the sleep from my eyes realizing I understood nothing. As I had stood before James and proclaimed I was not ready to make a marriage with him, or with any man for that matter, I found that that in the moment of James’s confession that I wanted a marriage. As I slept, I reverted back to my original thinking and did not. I wondered, as I consumed my morning meal, if James was right. Would I react, when faced with a situation, in the complete opposite way I had thought?
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