Review Step One: Observation <<<
STEP TWO: INTERROGATION
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|Mosquera in the library storage area.|
|MORR 9570 and LWS 591, at Acorn Hall|
|Image of William Franklin portrait |
|Smith's History of New Jersey, MORR 9570|
|spine, MORR 9570|
Flat Ranger Ford suggested we conduct a SPE (Severity x Probability x Exposure) assessment
on the cracked historic blue stone, in front of the Ford Mansion.
Using their handy SPE card, the Flat Rangers ranked this hazard as substantial and
determined that a larger restoration project is in order.
|Once the nest was safely removed,the team checked out the window damage. |
It appears only minor damage, mostly residue, resulted.
...and reevaluated the deteriorating handrail on the back porch.
|The artifacts in our Traveling Museum boxes are stored, labeled, |
and catalogged just like the real objects in our special collections.
|Our replica objects come with corresponding accession records and catalog |
cards, so students can get the full museum experience!
|Witherspoon manuscript, P234|
The Lloyd W. Smith Collection contains a unique letter written by John Witherspoon in 1784. In 1783, the year before the document was written, John Witherspoon and Joseph Reed travelled to Great Britain to promote the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University), and to personally seek contributions for the college. They found the people of Great Britain embittered toward their former colonies, and their fundraising mission was unsuccessful, netting them only 5 pounds, 14 shillings.
After Dr. Witherspoon’s return home, in 1784, he circulated the letter entitled “Memorial for the College of New Jersey”. The letter was intended as an aid to raising funds for the repair of the college. In it, he describes some of the history of the College of New Jersey, as well as some of the difficulties experienced by the college as a result of the Revolutionary War. Copies of the letter were sent to likely donors. This copy was sent to David Steuart, Earl of Buchan.
In the letter, Dr. Witherspoon describes some of the benefits that generous donations to the college made possible before the war. He makes particular reference to the Rittenhouse Orrery. He writes, “an Apparatus for experimental Philosophy provided of the most complete & perfect Kind and the famous Orrery of Rittenhouse purchased for the use of the College [sic] …”
When describing the damages sustained by the college during the Revolutionary War, Dr. Witherspoon writes, “The Building was laid Waste the Library almost wholly destroyed the Apparatus entirely taken & the Orrery much injured though not removed.”
The orrery is one of Princeton’s oldest instruments for science instruction, and was purchased by Dr. Witherspoon for the college in 1771. It is a model that represents the motions of the planets around the sun. The instrument was named for the Earl of Orrery, who had one built for him in 1713. Princeton’s orrery was crafted in 1771 by a Pennsylvania clockmaker and self-taught astronomer, David Rittenhouse. It was damaged during the Revolutionary War, but was later repaired. It is presently exhibited in Peyton Hall on the Princeton University campus.
He ends the letter with the following plea:
“It is therefore hoped that Persons of enlarged & liberal mind[s] who wish well to the Interests of Religion & Science in general and to the human Race will contribute to restore this Seminary in an infant Country where the ancient & opulent [Trad]itions for promoting Science so numerous in Europe are unknown. It shall only be further observed that such Acts of Generosity would have the happiest & most powerful influence in renewing & Strengthening the Affection between great Britain & America."
From the late inhuman outrages on our commerce, we have a most unquestionable proof, that our former enemies [the British] have not yet become our friends.---That their fall (terrible as it was!) did only for a time choke the respiration of vengeance, and interrupt the prosecution of their designs.
George Blake's printed oration, 1795
|John Callender's printed oration, 1797|
|Callender calling on Americans to prepare for the worst.|
|A page from Livermore's oration, 1813|
|Teachers visit Ft. Nonsense during a Parks for Every Classroom immersion activity. |