December 2019 Spot of Parchment

Happy holidays! I hope this season is a happy one for you, regardless of your celebrations of choice. Last month, I shared that my most frequently-asked question is about George Washington’s business practices. Want to know the second one? It usually goes something like “what were newspapers and the press like in the Early Republic? [...]

November 2019 Spot of Parchment

In early October, I had the opportunity to present on the creation of executive authority for a bunch of lawyers as part of a continuing legal education seminar. One of the things they asked about the most was George Washington’s business practices while he was in office. I wasn’t surprised, this question is actually one [...]

Spot of Parchment June 2019

On the morning of August 19, 1814, President James Madison received word that British forces had landed at the mouth of Patuxent River and were marching toward the White House. A few days later, he received a secret dispatch relaying the news that the British were approaching Washington. The next morning, he mounted his horse, [...]