“After dinner one of our mess went up aloft to look out, and presently pronounced the long wished-for sound, LAND! LAND! In less than an hour we could decry it from the deck, appearing like tufts of trees. I could not discern itso soon as the rest; my eyes were dimmed with the suffusion of two small drops of joy…This morning we stood in again for land; and we that had been here before all agreed that it was Cape Henlopen; about noon we were come very near, and to our great joy saw the pilot-boat come off to us, which was exceeding welcome. He brought on board about a peck of apples with him; they seemed the most delicious I ever tasted in my life.”
Who wrote these words? None other than Benjamin Franklin during this transatlantic crossing in 1726. The attached image is a bird’s eye view of the area in Delaware that Franklin may have first glimpsed from the ship.
Read the entire journal here: http://www.bingoforpatriots.com/american-history/founding-fathers/signers-of-the-declaration-of-independence/benjamin-franklin/benjamin-franklins-documents/journal-of-occurences-in-my-voyage-to-philadelphia-on-board-the-berkshire-henry-clark-master-from-london-1726/
Please take a moment to be thankful that we have the opportunity to glimpse the writings of those who came before us. Learning more about our history is definitely What IS Right With America!
Susan C. Rempel, Ph.D.
Everyone’s Guide to the Constitution: http://amzn.to/1im8I4Q