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Thursday, 03 July 2014


Anything about photography planned?

[Unfortunately, no time for any 4th of July photographing this particular weekend. Except I just did a few nice portraits that I like. --Mike]

"And some went back to England, or sent their children back." And others, like my wife's ancestors, went north, to what would become Canada. A very brief synopsis: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Empire_Loyalist

We are prepared to take you back.

The tax rate on a typical New England tradesperson was about 9% in pre-revolutionary America. 7% afterwards. Of course there was much subsequent economic and geographic expansion but for the lives of an average carpenter or blacksmith... not so much of a difference.

Of course now the average tradesperson is taxed more than 50% and there is nary a call for revolution of any sort. Unfortunately IMHO.

My loyalist ancestors were in Massachusetts and decamped to Canada unit things quieted down. Happy 4th!

A propos "The madness of King George", I was told that it was originally released in the UK as "The madness of King George III"b ut for the USA they dropped the "III", fearing that folks might wonder what happened to the prequels "I" and "II".

Do the non-European natives of your land also try to spoil the celebration by calling it Invasion Day? Happens here in oz.

Happy to oblige with some history. Many loyalists, including my ancestors, made their way north to Canada. Wikipedia gives a reasonable summary of the numbers and the impact on Canadian history:

Ut incepit fidelis sic permanet
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My mother's family name was Ingersol until the Revolution, when it changed to Ingerson. No one knows why it changed, but I have often wondered if the sons changed their name because of differences with their father over Independence. (The first American Ingersol moved to Long Island from England in 1650.)

As an illustration of how unreliable oral history can be, my aunt once told me the family changed its name to avoid any association with the Great Agnostic, Robert Ingersoll, but in fact the name had already been changed by the time Ingersoll was born.

Happy 4th!

Got the print the day I left for a holiday in Japan. It's gorgeous. Hope you give the buyers a bit of time to get back to you, as I'm far away from my home and portfolio until the 20th, and I bet I'm not alone in that.

Today I realized I had these two pics that I was fortunate enough to take last July 4th-http://jimmyreina.wordpress.com/

This is OT but I wanted to say that, as an avid reader of this TOP, I really miss it when you are away. Although, I can't tell you all the subjects I've read over the years, I wanted you to know that I can't remember all the meals my mother made but I surely would have starved had it not been for her cooking. Ditto for TOP.
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The Loyalist influence on Canada's history was enormous. I'm told that the Loyalists are the major reason why we English-speaking Canadians sound more like Americans than like Brits.

I've also found it fascinating that the Loyalists are known in the USA as "Tories". In Canada (and I suspect in the UK as well) "Tory" is a nickname given to a member of the Conservative Party or one of its descendant parties, or to the party itself.

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