wrong email - Who What
Subject: wrong email
From: Who What
Date: June 28, 2000

You sent this to the wrong email. You may of typed it in wrong or 
you got this from someone else if that is the case will you please 
email me again and tell me who.

--- [email protected] wrote:
> I ran across the below info. researching a signer of the Declaration of 
> Independence and found it quite interesting.
> Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration 
> of
> Independence?
> Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before 
> they died.
> Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned. Two lost their sons serving
> in the Revolutionary Army; another had two sons captured.
> Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary 
> War.
> They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred 
> honor.  What kind of men were they?
> Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists. Eleven were merchants, nine were 
> farmers and large plantation owners; men of means, well educated.  But they 
> signed the Declaration of Independence knowing full well that the penalty 
> would be death if they were captured.
> Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his ships swept 
> from the seas by the British Navy. He sold his home and properties to pay his 
> debts, and died in rags.
> Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move
> his family almost constantly. He served in the Congress without pay, and his 
> family was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him, and poverty 
> was his reward.
> Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer, Walton, 
> Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton.
> At the battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson Jr., noted that the British
> General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home for his headquarters.  He 
> quietly urged General George Washington to open fire.
> The home was destroyed, and Nelson died bankrupt.
> Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed
> his wife, and she died within a few months.
> John Hart was driven from his wife's bedside as she was dying.  Their 13
> children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill were laid
> to waste. For more than a year he lived in forests and caves, returning
> home to find his wife dead and his children vanished. A few weeks later he 
> died from exhaustion and a broken heart.  John Hart died in 1779, without 
> ever seeing his family again. Norris and Livingston suffered similar fates.
> Such were the stories and sacrifices of the American Revolution.  These
> were not wild-eyed, rabble-rousing ruffians. They were soft-spoken men of 
> means and
> education. They had security, but they valued liberty more.
> Standing tall, straight, and unwavering, they pledged: "For the support
> of this declaration, with firm reliance on the protection of the divine
> providence, we mutually pledge to each other, our lives, our fortunes,
> and our sacred honor."
> They gave you and me a free and independent America. The history books
> never told you a lot about what happened in the Revolutionary War.  We didn't 
> fight just the British. We were British subjects at that time and we fought 
> our own government!

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