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Happy Independence Day!


Continental Congress, July 4, 1776, Printed Declaration of Independence. George Washington Papers at the Library of Congress, 1741-1799: Series 4. General Correspondence. 1697-1799.

Continental Congress, July 4, 1776, Printed Declaration of Independence. George Washington Papers at the Library of Congress, 1741-1799: Series 4. General Correspondence. 1697-1799.

Given the exceedingly wet weather in the Washington, DC area you might now have time to read my post from last year “Home Brew’d is best”: Historic Drinks at Independence Day and Revolutionary War Peace Celebrations.  Whether you celebrate under an umbrella or inside a building here are the four toasts I previously published from the 1779 celebration in Philadelphia.

The friends and patriots of liberty throughout the world.
The memories of those heroes who have nobly died in defending the rights of their country.
May American never forget that virtue, valour and science are the bulwarks of her independence.
Peace, liberty, and happiness to all mankind.

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