John Adams to Abigail on the Celebration of Independence


“I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with¬†Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.”

John Adams to Abigail Adams
July 3, 1776

Uncle Jules’ Shirt

“Uncle Jules is as pleasant a fellow as I know anywhere. Above his long Creole horseface is a crop of thick gray hair cut short as a college boy’s. His shirt encased his body in a way that pleases me. It fits him so well. My shirts always have something wrong with them; they are too tight in the collar or too loose around the waist. Uncle Jules’ collar fits his dark neck like a tape; his cuffs folded like a napkin, just peep out past his coat sleeve; and his shirt front: the impulse comes over at times to bury my nose in that snowy expanse of soft finespun cotton.”

The Moviegoer, by Walker Percy