I spent the afternoon yesterday and today wandering the streets of Historic Philly. Literally accross the street from the hotel is the Second National Bank. This is the bank in the center of Jackson's Bank Wars. It is now a portrait gallery. We also wandered into the American Philosophical Society. In its displays were one of the drafts of the Declaration of Independence as well as three of the Lewis and Clark Journals. To be that close to Jefferson and see the notes on the side offered by Richard Henry Lee. To see these journals which traveled with Lewis and Clark and describe in detail what they found and were experiencing. Wow.
Tommorrow is a tour of Independence Hall and then off to Gettysburg.
This is part of a book in Christ Church listing the prayers being requested by parishoners at different times. If you look closely, there are parts which are lined out. Those are previous requests by parishioners for prayers for colonial reconciliation with England. After the Declaration of Independence is signed, the rector, a staunch patriot, marked them out.
A page from Lewis' journal
A draft of the Declaration of Independence.The notes in the margin are by Richard Henry Lee, the Virginian who made the initial resolution for independence.
Washington's pew at Christ Church. It is now called the President's Pew. President Hoover was the last president to attend.