On this day in history, September 16, 1782, Congress stamped a document with it’s own seal for the first time. In this document the design is very hard to see. Sometimes in really important documents a hanging, or pendant, seal was used as in the case of the hanging seal on the Louisiana Purchase Treaty.
See all the places that George Washington visited during this remarkable lifetime on our Washington’s World interactive map.
This is pretty cool—it’s an interactive map of Washington’s life.
scarabattoli said: Regarding the Thomas Jefferson’s ivory pocket notebooks, How do you write and erase text on Ivory? Thanks for the answer and nice blog :)
According to Monticello.org he just wrote on them with pencil. He kept pretty detailed records. Wherever he was at he recorded the temperature, wind conditions and precipitation when he woke up. In the afternoon at 4pm he would record the temperature again because he thought that was the hottest part of the day. In addition to his notebooks he also kept other portable scientific instruments in his pockets such as scales, sketchbooks, a surveyor’s compass, and other such items.
Re-enactor portraying Lord Dunmore, the royal governor of Virginia. He’s got all of the trademarks of an 18th century gentleman—powdered wig, the cane, the beautifully cut suit of clothing that’s impeccably tailored.