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USS Constitution – “Old Ironsides”: The first view of the USS Constitution, docked at the Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston, is truly a thrill.
At the USS Constitution Museum, only a few steps from the ship, galleries take visitors on a 200-year voyage into the heart of the New England colonies.
In letters from 17, General Washington asked the below questions of his step-granddaughters, Nelly and Eliza Custis - and they’re just as relevant today. Do not therefore boast too soon or too strongly of your insensibility to, or resistance of, its powers.The declaration, without the invitation of yours, must proceed from the man, to render it permanent and valuable, and nothing short of good sense and an easy unaffected conduct can draw the line between prudery and coquetry.It would be no great departure from truth to say, that it rarely happens otherwise than that a thorough-paced coquette dies in celibacy, as a punishment for her attempts to mislead others, by encouraging looks, words, or actions, given for no other purpose than to draw men on to make overtures that they may be rejected.Stuart and family; and every blessing, among which a good husband when you want and deserve one, is bestowed on you by yours, affectionately….” Go: Washington wish of your heart.
Respect may place it among the desirable objects of it, but there are emotions of a softer kind, to wch the heart of a girl turned of eighteen, is susceptible, that must have generated much warmer ideas, although the fruition of them may, apparently, be more distant than those of your sister’s. “This day, according to our information, gives a husband to your elder sister [Eliza Parke Custis], and consummates, it is to be presumed, her fondest desires.