Fundamental Orders of Connecticut,14 January 1638

Fundamental Orders of Connecticut,14 January 1638 The People of Windsor, Hartford, & Wethersfield near the Connecticut River wish to establish a peaceful union in an orderly government according to God & to deal with the people’s affairs in a public state or commonwealth in order to maintain the liberty & purity of the gospel, the… Read more Fundamental Orders of Connecticut,14 January 1638

Charter of Massachusetts Bay, 1629

Charter of Massachusetts Bay, 1629 The governor, company & their successors agree that from now on, there’ll be one governor, one deputy governor & 18 assistants to be chosen from the freemen within the company This election will order general business & affairs of the territory under its charter granted by the Crown The first… Read more Charter of Massachusetts Bay, 1629

An Ordinance and Constitution of the Virginia Company in England for a Council of State and General Assembly (24 July 1621)

An Ordinance and Constitution of the Virginia Company in England for a Council of State and General Assembly (24 July 1621) We’re trying to establish self-government in Virginia to help the people here to address injustice, grievances & oppression – or to avoid them by establishing supreme councils to assist the governor & increase strength,… Read more An Ordinance and Constitution of the Virginia Company in England for a Council of State and General Assembly (24 July 1621)

The Third Virginia Charter (1612)

The Third Virginia Charter (1612) King James offers a charter to adventurous subjects in the colony of Virginia, to push Christianity, civilization & to make money. These settlers should form a body politic with the cooperation of the Virginia Company We grant letters patents to settlers between Virginia in Cape/Point Comfort & sea coasts northward… Read more The Third Virginia Charter (1612)

“The Planters’ Plea” by John White (1630)

“The Planters’ Plea” by John White (1630) Topic: New England is a great place to put an English colony & grow our religion We’ve had good contact with the native. There’s good soil, fishing & fur. Before our rift with Spain, we sent 40-50 a year just for fishing. Now the discovery of Newfoundland is… Read more “The Planters’ Plea” by John White (1630)

“Gulliver’s Travels” by Jonathan Swift (1726) – Part 4: A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnhnms (Ch. 9-12)

“Gulliver’s Travels” by Jonathan Swift (1726) – Part 4: A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnhnms (Ch. 9-12) Chapter 9 Gulliver was there during the council meetings which his master attended & reported to him that they debated the extermination of Yahoos The Case for Extermination: They are filthy, noisy, deformed, lazy unteachable, mischievous… Read more “Gulliver’s Travels” by Jonathan Swift (1726) – Part 4: A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnhnms (Ch. 9-12)

Disagreements With the Virginia Company (1623)

Disagreements With the Virginia Company (1623) There’s been talk among the farmers, sea captains, sailors & others in Virginia & there have been many concerns. Some of them are brought up here, coupled with some answers from the “company men”. This was sent off the to company HQ back in England 1 – Plantations were… Read more Disagreements With the Virginia Company (1623)

“Gulliver’s Travels” by Jonathan Swift (1726) – Part 4: A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnhnms (Ch. 5-8)

“Gulliver’s Travels” by Jonathan Swift (1726) – Part 4: A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnhnms (Ch. 5-8) Gulliver realized he made humans look worse than Yahoos. He had become so enamored with the Houyhnhnms in all things that he overemphasized human faults & downplayed its strengths. The master, having fully digested all of… Read more “Gulliver’s Travels” by Jonathan Swift (1726) – Part 4: A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnhnms (Ch. 5-8)

“Gulliver’s Travels” by Jonathan Swift (1726) – Part 4: A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnhnms (Ch. 1-4)

“Gulliver’s Travels” by Jonathan Swift (1726) – Part 4: A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnhnms (Ch. 1-4) Gulliver stayed at home for 5 months before leaving his pregnant wife to be a captain of a 350 ton ship. They left Portsmouth for the Canary Islands, where he hired a bunch of hands,  who… Read more “Gulliver’s Travels” by Jonathan Swift (1726) – Part 4: A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnhnms (Ch. 1-4)

Letters from Don Pedro de Zuniga, the Spanish Ambassador to England, to the King of Spain, 1607

Letters from Don Pedro de Zuniga, the Spanish Ambassador to England, to the King of Spain, 1607 September 22: There was a ship going from Plymouth to Virginia that has returned & is planning to go back with more farmers & merchants wishing to set up shop It’s a good site for privateers to attack… Read more Letters from Don Pedro de Zuniga, the Spanish Ambassador to England, to the King of Spain, 1607

“Gulliver’s Travels” by Jonathan Swift (1726) – Part 3: A Voyage to Laputa, Balnibarbi, Luggnagg, Glubbdubdrib and Japan (Ch. 7-11)

“Gulliver’s Travels” by Jonathan Swift (1726) – Part 3: A Voyage to Laputa, Balnibarbi, Luggnagg, Glubbdubdrib & Japan (Ch. 7-11) Chapter 7 He was dropped off in Maldonada & went to the island of Luggnagg, east of Japan. The island was in an alliance with Japan & hope to find a ride back to England… Read more “Gulliver’s Travels” by Jonathan Swift (1726) – Part 3: A Voyage to Laputa, Balnibarbi, Luggnagg, Glubbdubdrib and Japan (Ch. 7-11)

“Gulliver’s Travels” by Jonathan Swift (1726) – Part 3: A Voyage to Laputa, Balnibarbi, Luggnagg, Glubbdubdrib and Japan (Ch. 4-6)

“Gulliver’s Travels” by Jonathan Swift (1726) – Part 3: A Voyage to Laputa, Balnibarbi, Luggnagg, Glubbdubdrib and Japan (Ch. 4-6) Chapter 4 He didn’t feel mistreated but wasn’t sad to leave. They were too absorbed in math & music, & were just generally boring. It was far too abstract & speculative. He was only able… Read more “Gulliver’s Travels” by Jonathan Swift (1726) – Part 3: A Voyage to Laputa, Balnibarbi, Luggnagg, Glubbdubdrib and Japan (Ch. 4-6)

“Gulliver’s Travels” by Jonathan Swift (1726) – Part 3: A Voyage to Laputa, Balnibarbi, Luggnagg, Glubbdubdrib and Japan (Ch. 1-3)

“Gulliver’s Travels” by Jonathan Swift (1726) – Part 3: A Voyage to Laputa, Balnibarbi, Luggnagg, Glubbdubdrib and Japan (Ch. 1-3) Chapter 1 He’d only been home for 10 days when the Captain of a previous voyage he’d been on made him an offer for another trip that he couldn’t refuse ($$$) This time it was… Read more “Gulliver’s Travels” by Jonathan Swift (1726) – Part 3: A Voyage to Laputa, Balnibarbi, Luggnagg, Glubbdubdrib and Japan (Ch. 1-3)

“Gulliver’s Travels” by Jonathan Swift (1726) – Part 2: A Voyage to Brobdingnag (Ch. 5-8)

“Gulliver’s Travels” by Jonathan Swift (1726) – Part 2: A Voyage to Brobdingnag (Ch. 5-8) Chapter 5 One day before the dwarf left, Glumdalclitch & Gulliver were out walking under a small apple tree & the little guy shook the branches & apples the size of barrels fell. One of the hit him on the… Read more “Gulliver’s Travels” by Jonathan Swift (1726) – Part 2: A Voyage to Brobdingnag (Ch. 5-8)

“Gulliver’s Travels” by Jonathan Swift (1726) – Part 2: A Voyage to Brobdingnag (Ch. 1-4)

“Gulliver’s Travels” by Jonathan Swift (1726) – Part 2: A Voyage to Brobdingnag (Ch. 1-4) Chapter 1 After 10 months of boredom, he found another job on a ship to Surat (India) They had smooth sailing until the Cape of Good Hope where they had to disembark because of a leak & then the Captain… Read more “Gulliver’s Travels” by Jonathan Swift (1726) – Part 2: A Voyage to Brobdingnag (Ch. 1-4)

“How Should One Read a Book?” by Virginia Woolf (1925)

“How Should One Read a Book?” by Virginia Woolf (1925) I can only answer for myself because you really ought not take advice from others. Just follow your instincts, use reason & come up with your own conclusions These are merely suggestions – don’t give up your independence Difficult to say what is a better… Read more “How Should One Read a Book?” by Virginia Woolf (1925)

“Gulliver’s Travels” by Jonathan Swift (1726) – Part 1: A Voyage to Lilliput (Ch. 5-8)

“Gulliver’s Travels” by Jonathan Swift (1726) – Part 1: A Voyage to Lilliput (Ch. 5-8) Chapter 5 Blefuscu was an island across an 800 yard channel from Lilliput They didn’t know about Gulliver. Communication & trade had been cut off since the beginning of the war He came up with a plan to capture their… Read more “Gulliver’s Travels” by Jonathan Swift (1726) – Part 1: A Voyage to Lilliput (Ch. 5-8)

“Gulliver’s Travels” by Jonathan Swift (1726) – Part 1: A Voyage to Lilliput (Ch. 1-4)

“Gulliver’s Travels” by Jonathan Swift (1726) – Part 1: A Voyage to Lilliput (Ch. 1-4) Advertisement Many things in this book have been fudged before publication & the editor’s done its best to clear them up This person who did this did so with the best of intentions, especially with respect to references of the… Read more “Gulliver’s Travels” by Jonathan Swift (1726) – Part 1: A Voyage to Lilliput (Ch. 1-4)

“The Sphinx” by Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

“The Sphinx” by Francis Bacon (1561-1626) The Sphinx was a mythological creature – part woman, part bird, part griffin, living on a mountain near Thebes She ambushed travelers forcing them to answer riddles she got from the muses If they didn’t answer correctly, she’d rip them to pieces If one did, he’d be king of… Read more “The Sphinx” by Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

“On Swift” by William Hazlitt (1778-1830)

“On Swift” by William Hazlitt (1778-1830) Swift’s ability as a poet is often overlooked because of his ability to write prose If he had never written “Tale of a Tub” or “Gulliver’s Travels”, he’d still be known as a poet Dry humor, agreeable morality, exquisite tone of irony, touching pathos blended with satire “Description of… Read more “On Swift” by William Hazlitt (1778-1830)