Date: 25/08/2016
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Many happy returns

The drafting committee presenting the Declaration of Independence to the Continental Congress, painted by John Trumbull 1817–1819.

George Washington: "The freedom of Speech may be taken away, and, dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep, to the Slaughter." (To THE OFFICERS OF THE ARMY, Head Quarters, Newburgh, March 15, 1783, from The writings of George Washington from the original manuscript sources, ed. John C. Fitzpatrick, (Washington: U.S. GPO, 1931-1944)26: 224

Speaking of His Excellency, we're having lunch today in his and his compatriots' honor at one of his old haunts, Fraunces Tavern, where he bid goodbye to those officers in December of 1783. Double rations of rum for everybody!

Fraunces Tavern made history more recently. James Taranto explains here.