The Traveler… three cheers…

April 22, 2013 by  
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Today I traveled to Boston, Massachusetts, through the Independent Chronicle dated April 22, 1813. There I found Commodore Bainbridge was addressing the sailors of the Constitution as they had been invited to the Theatre. “Sailors, In the action with the Java you shewed yourselves men. You are this ev’ng invited to partake of the amusements of the Theatre. Conduct yourselves well… Let the correctness of your conduct equal your bravery, and I shall have additional cause to speak of you in terms of approbation.” He then informed them that on Monday morning,  “pay to them the prize money in consideration of their good conduct in the actions with the Guerriere and Java. The crew received the information with great satisfaction, and gave the Commodore three cheers.”

The article has a concluding paragraph from a correspondent who had observed the attendance of the sailors and the comments to their appearance and behavior.

Blessed are the feet of those who bring good news – for a change.

Regarding the remainder of the issue, I wonder if James Madison suffered from writing cramps after all his signing???

~The Traveler

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