We got a lot accomplished today during our work at the Lummis Library. After a day of being quarantined to the attic, we once again returned to the main reading room. When we entered the library we were greeted by Jonathan Wood who was eager to tell us about an 1814 letter written from John Dickinson of Cape May County to Ebenezer Elmer of Cumberland County. Dickinson describes the militia of Cape May “beating back” British raiding parties that were invading the Jersey shore-line during the War of 1812. The letter was found among the recently donated William T. Nixon family papers.
We spent most of the day continuing our research in We Women, the minutes of the Greenwich chapter of the Daughters of the Revolution, newspaper clippings dealing with the town of Greenwich, personal letters filled with reminiscences about growing-up in Greenwich, and a host of other miscellaneous items.
It was also decided that our book, “The Greenwich Tea Burning: History and Memory in an American Town,” will be co-authored by myself and Cali Pitchel McCullough, the Arizona State graduate student known best by readers of The Way of Improvement Leads Home for her regular column “Dispatches from Graduate School.”
We cut off work early today so that we could head to the beach! In order to give the members of the team a break from research, we drove down to Ocean City, New Jersey this evening to eat some delicious Mack and Manco pizza and do some walking on the boardwalk. Unfortunately, due to my badly sprained ankle (see yesterday’s post), I spent the evening sitting on a bench. Fortunately, I was joined by our esteemed host Jonathan Wood. It was good to catch up.
Tomorrow is our last day in Greenwich. We still have a lot of work to do.