J. L. BELL is a Massachusetts writer who specializes in (among other things) the start of the American Revolution in and around Boston. He is particularly interested in the experiences of children in 1765-75. He has published scholarly papers and popular articles for both children and adults. He was consultant for an episode of History Detectives, and contributed to a display at Minute Man National Historic Park.

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Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Independence Day Display from NEHGS

The New England Historic Genealogical Society has posted an online display of four items from its collections related to Independence Day. There’s a letter from John Hancock, a 1778 militia muster roll submitted to his younger brother Ebenezer, Samuel Hovey’s poorly spelled but enthusiastic description of the first reading of the Declaration of Independence in New York, and an almanac-diary entry recording its publication in Massachusetts. Slow downloading today.

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