Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Scotchtown--Patrick Henry's Digs

Loved this place. Patrick preferred to be out in the country, away from the hustle and bustle of Washington. Me too. And it must have served him well because he had a lot of children. His first wife bore six but then suffered mentally...perhaps postpartum psychosis or Alzheimer's--they don't know. They sometimes put her in this straight-jacket to calm her fits. She died in that bed in that basement, but it was a loving thing because Patrick did not want to send her to the asylum where she would be chained. I admire Patrick Henry because even though his wife died and he was grieving, he had to face tough things in the next two months and so he continued to step up to the plate. Our forefathers had STAMINA, something with which I fear the kids of today are unfamiliar.

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