January meeting of the Tampa Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution will be
on Saturday, February 15 at the Piccadilly
Cafeteria, located at 11810 Dale
Mabry Highway North, Tampa, Florida (813-963-1660).The meeting starts at but many members arrive early for a time
of conversation and fellowship. The speaker for the meeting will be Rand Scholet of Clearwater,
Florida.He is the founder of The Alexander
Hamilton Awareness Society or “THE AHA SOCIETY." In recent years, he has dedicated his
life to reading, researching, and analyzing what our Founding Fathers were able
to accomplish, and how. The scope of his analysis included the Colonial,
Revolutionary, and Constitutional periods, plus the first seven U.S.
Presidential terms of office. This period of immersion led him to the
discovery of “The Essence of Alexander Hamilton’s Greatness” - which was
defined in two concise statements, along with the associated proofs, that
Alexander Hamilton was Washington’s
Indispensable Partner™ and America’s
American Revolution Notes
On February 6, 1778, the American delegation in France (led by
Benjamin Franklin) signed The Treaty of Alliance with France. It
created a military alliance between the United States and France against Great Britain.
The Treaty of Alliance required that neither France nor the United States agree
to a separate peace with Great
Britain, and that American independence be a
condition of any future peace agreement. In addition to the Treaty of Alliance,
the Treaty of Amity and Commerce with France was signed on February 6, 1778, promoting
trade and commercial ties between the two countries.
The Treaty was delivered to
Congress on May 2nd and formally ratified on May 4, 1778.After being informed about the Treaty of
Alliance with France, Gen.
Washington wrote to the
Continental Congress in a letter dated May 1, 1778, that "no event was
ever received with a more heart felt joy." A few days later, Washington celebrated
the new alliance with France
by issuing a General Order to the Continental Army that stated, "Upon a
signal given, the whole Army will Huzza! 'Long Live
the King of France.'
While most people think only
of the military aid that France provided as a result of the treaty - arms
(especially bayonets and artillery), ammunition, naval assistance and,
eventually troops - a main part of the treaty, and one of the hardest to
negotiate, was the part prohibiting France from signing a separate peace treaty
with England and requiring that independence of the United States be a
pre-condition to treaty negotiations.During the peace negotiations which lasted from late 1781 into 1783, England
did its best to severe this part of the treaty.To their credit, the French negotiators held firm and refused a separate
One of the duties of the
Chapter Chaplain is to send cards to our members that are sick. If you know of
anyone that I need to send a card to, please mention it at our next meeting.
Another duty is to send a sympathy card to the family of a member who has
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Chapter officers and
committee chairman are encouraged to send any pertinent information they wish
included in the newsletter to the editor.