Wednesday, February 21, 2024

expanded minds...........................

       Lucy was especially homesick for her family and the gaiety of her life of just a few years earlier.  She felt out of place in Connecticut, where the people, she thought, lacked gentility and displayed coarse manners and unrefined behavior.  Henry advised her: "Take care, my love of permitting your disgust to the Connecticut people to escape your lips.  Indiscreet expressions are handed from town to town and a long while remembered by people not blessed with expanded minds.  The want of that refinement which you seem to speak of is, or will be, the salvation of America; for refinement of manners introduces corruption and venality. . . . There is a kind of simplicity in young states as in young children which is quite pleasing to an attentive observer."

-Mark Puls, Henry Knox: Visionary General of the American Revolution

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