RCC Honors History Project

documents relating to chapter I

Posted by brttnyala on November 30, 2009

Original printing during the great awakening

“For we know,” said he, “that you highly esteem the kind of learning taught in those colleges, and that the maintenance of our young men while with you would be very expensive to you. We are convinced, therefore, that you mean to do us good by your proposal, and we thank you heartily. But you who are wise must know that different nations have different conceptions of things, and you will therefore not take it amiss if our ideas of this kind of education happen not to be the same with yours. We have had some experience of it. Several of our young people were formerly brought up at the colleges of the northern provinces, they were instructed in all your sciences, but when they came back to us they were bad runners, ignorant of every means of living in the woods, unable to bear either cold or hunger, knew neither how to build a cabin, take a deer, or kill an enemy, spoke our language imperfectly, were, therefore, neither fit for hunters, warriors, or counselors; they were totally good for nothing. We are not, however, the less obliged by your kind offer, though we decline accepting it, and to show our grateful sense of it, if the gentlemen of Virginia send us a dozen of their sons we will take great care of their education, instruct them in all we know, and make men of them .”

Speech by Johnatin edwards


Treaty of Lancaster 1744


The Decleration of Independence

James Madison before/during constitutional convention


Map 1767

Washington’s first inaugural adress


1819 Treaty




Jeffersons confidential letter to congress 1803


Original Louisiana Purchase


The Treaty of Paris


2 Responses to “documents relating to chapter I”

  1. sethrd23 said

    The Treaty of Paris seems to outline some very specific territorial constraints on the United States. It seems that the treaty could have been referred to during some of the United States’ struggles with the adjacent colonies of Spain and France. But the new nation’s contempt for physical boundaries seems evident in the Louisiana Purchase (which occurred without Congressional approval).

  2. nreid35 said

    I read the speech by Jonathan Edwards, and it was pretty interesting. Here is an especially misguided excerpt:

    “The God that holds you over the pit of hell, much as one holds a spider or some loathsome insect over the fire, abhors you, and is dreadfully provoked; his wrath towards you burns like fire; he looks upon you as worthy of nothing else, but to be cast into the fire; he is of purer eyes than to bear to have you in his sight; you are ten thousand times so abominable in his eyes, as the most hateful and venomous serpent is in ours. You have offended him infinitely more than ever a stubborn rebel did his prince: and yet it is nothing but his hand that holds you from falling into the fire every moment.”

    Uh, yeah, this is exactly what I hear in church….Actually, isn’t this precisely the opposite of what people should be saying to others who they want to convert or “reform”? God is supposed to be said to love every person on earth because we are all his children. Of course there is the mean Old Testament God and the forgiving New Testament God, but the fact still remains that He loves all of his creations. He definitely does not “hold [us] over the pit of hell” if we are not following Him, or whatever. I just thought this was pretty funny because Edwards is clearly trying to scare people into reformation by telling them that God hates them for being sinful.

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