Defending the Constitution at New York’s Ratification Convention, June-July 1788 (Hamilton 58)

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La, but someone has to strike a pose (Metropolitan Museum Favorites, 16)

Reynolds’s Captain Coussmaker always makes me think of the Scarlet Pimpernel, even though the Pimpernel did his heroic deeds in disguise, not in uniform. The  real Capt. George K.H. Coussemaker (1759-1801) served in the army for 19 years, but never saw action. What reminds … Continue reading