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This Day (Nose Out of Joint Edition)

October 24th, 2012 by Brendan Wolfe · No Comments

On this day in 1757, Landon Carter—among the most huffily self-important of colonial Virginia‘s gentry—had his nose particularly out of joint.* He had fussed with his son, also Landon Carter, and then, in language weighted down with self-justifications, described the whole kerfuffle in his diary. Keep in mind as you’re reading that the elder Carter […]

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Landon’s Day (Spiritus Libertate Edition)

July 26th, 2011 by Brendan Wolfe · No Comments

On this day in 1776 [okay, yesterday; sorry], a Thursday, Landon Carter, still obsessed with the weather, the credit given to Patrick Henry, and his runaway slave Moses, entered the following into his diary: A little sprinkling in the night after incessant lightning for a long while […] I asked [Richard Henry] Lee who came […]

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Landon’s Day (A Good Drink Edition)

July 23rd, 2011 by Brendan Wolfe · No Comments

On this day in 1776, a Tuesday, Landon Carter entered the following into his diary: A pleasant morning and some rain in the night which I most sincerely thank the god and my God of mercies for and I hope it has been a good drink to the choaking crops, though B. Beale says there […]

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Landon’s Day (Oysters in July Edition)

July 22nd, 2011 by Brendan Wolfe · No Comments

On this day in 1776, a Monday, Landon Carter entered the following into his diary: Out of the 8 bushels oysters, I had six pickled and two bushels for dressing. But I was asked what Beale sent oysters up in July. I answered it was my orders. Who would eat oysters in July said the […]

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Landon’s Day (Safe & Sound Edition)

July 15th, 2011 by Brendan Wolfe · No Comments

On this day in 1776, a Monday, Landon Carter, on hearing that five of his runaway slaves were in a Middlesex County jail, entered the following into his diary: Last night John Beale came up. I intend to agree with him, if I can, to take Norris’ plantation under his care. He says that two […]

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Landon’s Day (Give Me Liberty? Give Me a Break Edition)

July 14th, 2011 by Brendan Wolfe · No Comments

On this day in 1776, a Sunday, Landon Carter—having mistakenly heard his rival Patrick Henry is dead and now worked up over Henry’s renown for having opposed the Stamp Act in 1765—entered the following into his diary: It is not many days past I heard that in the lobby of the late convention it was […]

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Landon’s Day (God & Mammon Edition)

July 13th, 2011 by Brendan Wolfe · No Comments

On this day in 1776, a Saturday, Landon Carter, worried about a number of escaped slaves and taking unseemly joy in the rumored death of Patrick Henry, entered the following into his diary: John Selden met Purcell coming up and bid tell me that Dunmore last week sent off a load of negroes to one […]

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In Which We Delve Far Too Deeply into Petty Augers, Only to Find No One Is Left Reading

July 12th, 2011 by Brendan Wolfe · 3 Comments

The other day, alert reader Marc Anderson noticed the phrase “Petty Auger” in one of Landon Carter’s diary entries. “I’m assuming the transcriber was not familiar with near the same name ‘periauger’? … the boat,” Anderson wrote, referring to the fact that the word means dugout canoe, such as what is being constructed by the […]

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This Day (Cucumis Ex Nihilo Edition)

July 12th, 2011 by Brendan Wolfe · No Comments

On this day in 1639, the future Virginia governor William Berkeley was knighted at Berwick-upon-Tweed. In 1835, Mary Custis Lee, daughter of Robert E. and the Mrs., was born. And in 1862, Union general John Pope and the army he rode in on occupied Culpeper County. In other words—and please, no offense to the above-named […]

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Landon’s Day (Miserable & BBQ’d Edition)

July 10th, 2011 by Brendan Wolfe · 5 Comments

On this day [actually yesterday; sorry!] in 1776, a Tuesday, Landon Carter, several of whose slaves, led by a man named Moses, had recently escaped, entered the following into his diary: Beale returned but brought no account of Moses and his gang. He went to the King and Queen camp on the point between the […]

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Landon’s Day (Much Said of Slavery Edition)

July 6th, 2011 by Brendan Wolfe · No Comments

On this day in 1776, a Saturday, Landon Carter—several of whose slaves, led by a man named Moses, had recently run away—entered the following into his diary: The first real summer heat—for it obliges me to wear but one pair of thin stockings. Much is said of the slavery of negroes, but how will servants […]

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Landon’s Day (Dirty Breeches Edition)

July 5th, 2011 by Brendan Wolfe · No Comments

On this day in 1776, a Friday, Landon Carter—several of whose slaves, led by a man named Moses, had recently run away—entered the following into his diary: Hearing so many contradictory stories about Moses and his gang, I sent Beale off this morning to get fully informed either in Lancaster, Middlesex, or Gloster. I gave […]

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Landon’s Day (A Late Runegado Edition)

July 4th, 2011 by Brendan Wolfe · No Comments

On this day in 1776, a Thursday, Landon Carter—not yet aware of what had occurred at the Continental Congress in Philadelphia—entered the following into his diary: Yesterday brought me from Jos. Harwood £30 for my horse Nimrod; one 12 pound one 10 pound and one 8 pound note, James River bank. I hope I am […]

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Landon’s Day (We Shall See Edition)

July 3rd, 2011 by Brendan Wolfe · No Comments

On this day in 1776, a Wednesday, Landon Carter—several of whose slaves had recently escaped, and whose contempt for Patrick Henry is, for the moment, under control—entered the following into his diary: Monday at Court we heard the Kg and Queen men below had killed a mulatto and two of the blacks out of the […]

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Landon’s Day (30-Pound Nimrod Edition)

June 29th, 2011 by Brendan Wolfe · No Comments

On this day in 1776, a Saturday, Landon Carter, several of whose slaves had escaped earlier in the week, entered the following into his diary: At 7 in the morning after their departure some minute men at Mousquito Point saw the Petty Auger with ten stout men in her going very fast on the Middlesex […]

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Landon’s Day (Exodus 14:26 Edition)

June 28th, 2011 by Brendan Wolfe · No Comments

On this day in 1776, a Wednesday, Landon Carter entered the following into his diary: Last night after going to bed, Moses, my son’s man, Joe, Billy, Postillion John, Mulatto Peter, Tom, Panticove, Manuel and Lancaster Sam, ran away, to be sure, to Ld. Dunmore, for they got privately into Beale’s room before dark and […]

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