Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Happy Independence Day

And now, some thoughts from our founders:

"Wine makes daily living easier, less hurried, with fewer tensions and more tolerance."--Ben Franklin

"No nation is drunken where wine is cheap, and none sober where the dearness of wine substitutes ardent spirits as the common beverage." --Thomas Jefferson

"My manner of living is plain, a glass of wine and a bit of mutton are always ready, and such as will be content to partake of that are always welcome." --
George Washington

"Clear. Sheribiah Town went from here Bound for Boston. I have been to Coln Howards. he made me a prest of a Casse bottle of wine. " Diary of midwife Martha Ballard, June 11, 1788.

"Mrs. Madison was a remarkably fine woman. She was beloved by every body in Washington, white and colored. Whenever soldiers marched by, during the war, she always sent out and invited them in to take wine and refreshments, giving them liberally of the best in the house. Madeira wine was better in those days than now, and more freely drank." --Paul Jennings, former slave of James and Dolly Madison

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