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Jay | Susan | Alex | Beth | Samantha
August 22, 2012 6:33 am
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We moved!  We packed the house in Entebbe on Friday the 10th of August, and we drove to Arua on Saturday the 11th. The trip was smooth save for getting through Kampala, which took about 2 hours. Once we were out of Kampala, however, it was a nice drive.  Some of the way goes through national park which was beautiful, especially crossing Karuma falls.

The truck came Sunday morning and we unloaded.  A few scuffs, one broken bed slat… all in all very easy, just lots of physical labor.   I spent the next several days getting electricity hooked up…we’re running the house on solar power since city power here is notoriously unreliable.  When it’s good you get 6 hours a day, but from what folks say it’s been more than  a weeks since there’s been power.  First was some repair to the wiring in the house, then hook up the inverter and batteries, then the generator.  A local welder built us a rack for our solar panels, and I had them wired in, sitting in the driveway, for several days.  Yesterday Alex and Goeffrey (our watchman) and I put the rack up on the roof and then the panels.  There’s been repairs to plumbing as well.

On Thursday the 16th, I flew back to Entebbe on Eagle Air.  We still had a garage full of things to bring up since we’d brought a bunch of AIM Air stuff for the office on the first trip.  I’d arranged with our transporter, Aziz to get those thigsn and a load of fuel.  So Friday morning we loaded fuel and furniture onto the truck and Friday afternoon I loaded three dogs into a crate and the crate into the airplane and flew the dogs to Arua.

That sounds really easy.  I could not have done it without the help of Renee Crane and Lenta Lourents.  Renee did some shopping for us and was going to take the dogs to the airport while I got the plane. But the dog crate was about 3 inches too tall for her truck and its’ camper top. Lenta had been visiting with Renee and one of her company trucks was nearby. She called her guys and they brought the flat bed over. Easy!  Lenta really saved the day, and Renee was very gracious in doing shopping and helping to get everything to the airport. Ladies, thank you!

So, all that to say, we’re moved!  A few glitches here and there. LOTS of sweat.  But really, amazingly smoothly.  God is good!

August 5, 2012 5:29 pm
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Another month, a bit more history.

The Declaration of Independence (DoI) was initially drafted by Thomas Jefferson over the two weeks between 11 and 28 June, 1776.  The Declaration was an answer to pressures that had been building for some time, including the events of April 19th, 1775 (Paul Revere’s ride), a proclamation by the King of England that the colonies were engaged in “open and avowed rebellion.”  Later in 1775 England enacted the American Prohibitory Act, which forfeited all American shipping and cargoes to the crown.  Thomas Paine published “Common Sense” in January 1776 and by mid May of 1776 eight of the colonies were ready to support independence.

Richard H. Lee of Virginia was instructed, by the Virginia Convention that “the delegates appointed to represent this colony in General Congress be instructed to propose to that respectable body to declare the United Colonies free and independent states.”  He therefore presented the Lee Resolution on June 7th, 1776, which began: “Resolved: That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved.”

The Continental congress debated, and then on June 11th the congress postponed consideration of the Lee Resolution by a vote of seven to five, with New York abstaining, and  then recessed for 3 weeks. The Continental Congress, however, appointed a Committee of Five  to draft a statement presenting to the world the colonies’ case for independence.  The committee of five included John Adams of Massachusetts, Roger Sherman of Connecticut, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania, Robert R. Livingston of New York, and Thomas Jefferson of Virginia.

Jefferson later (in 1823) wrote that the other members of the committee “unanimously pressed on myself alone to undertake the draught. I consented; I drew it; but before I reported it to the committee I communicated it separately to Dr. Franklin and Mr. Adams requesting their corrections. . . I then wrote a fair copy, reported it to the committee, and from them, unaltered to the Congress.”

Congress reconvened on July 1, 1776.  On July 2nd the Lee Resolution was adopted by 12 of the 13 colonies, with New York abstaining.  Congress then began to consider the Declaration.  Congress made a few changes, but the basic document remained Jefferson’s draft with Adams’ and Franklin’s comments. The debate and revisions continued through all of July 3rd and late into the morning of July 4th. Church bells rang over Philadelphia; the Declaration had been unanimously adopted by the 2nd Continental Congress.

The Committee of Five’s work wasn’t over, however. Congress had the committee supervise the printing of the Declaration.  John Dunlap’s printing shop, the official printer for Congress produced the first copies of the Declaration of Independence.  Congress sent copies of the Declaration to various assemblies, and to the commanders of Continental troops on the morning of July 5th. The Congress also placed a copy of the printed version of the Declaration into the “rough journal” of the Continental Congress for July 4. The text was followed by the words “Signed by Order and in Behalf of the Congress, John Hancock, President. Attest. Charles Thomson, Secretary.” It is not known how many copies John Dunlap printed the night of July 4th. There are 26 copies known to exist of that printing, commonly called “the Dunlap broadside.”