Monday, December 07, 2009
From the Facebook feed of the Alumni Association of Princeton University:
On this day in 1776 - the British Army arrived in and occupied the village of Princeton, beginning "twenty days of tyranny." Suspected rebels were imprisoned inside an abandoned Nassau Hall.
Nassau Hall as it appeared yesterday afternoon about 4 o'clock:
Not exactly Abu Ghraib, but I suspect no picnic either.
From July to October 1783 the entire American government sat in Nassau Hall, making the former prison the capitol, and the town of Princeton the capital of the United States.
Less parochial blogging will resume shortly.
Nassau this and Nassau that...indeed! In the present, it needs be observed that a few short miles down the Pike, there stood the second largest seaport in the English-speaking world and, not least , let it be noticed- the residence of the First University in the "New World"- The University , founded by Benj.Franklin in 1740, nowadays known as the University of Pennsylvania ...leges sine moribus vanae- to you tiger cubs. Lest we digress- the site of the Declaration and the Constitution etc., etc., et al. Fie to Boston's pretensions...Princeton's a very nice bucolic suburban town- a wee too fashionably PC, but that's the entombed grove of the academy for ye...a fickle follower of fashion- to quote Sir Ray Davies.