Monday, April 13, 2015

Happy Birthday Mr. Jefferson! Reflections on Remembering Time and Place-- Thomas Jefferson in Annapolis, Maryland, November 25, 1783-May 11, 1784


April 13

a little snow lying in some places. Martins appear. Mockingbird sings”

Reflections on Remembering Time and Place--
Thomas Jefferson in Annapolis, Maryland, 
November 25, 1783-May 11, 1784

Thomas Jefferson / Charles Willson Peale, 1791/ Oil on canvas / Independence National Historical Park Collection, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


After Thomas Jefferson returned from his diplomatic mission to France in 1790 to become Secretary of State in Washington’s administration, Charles Willson Peale painted this portrait (1791-1792) displaying it in his Philadelphia Museum.   By then much had changed, both in the government of the United States, and in the town of Annapolis that Jefferson had left on May 11, 1784 for his post in Paris.

One outstanding feature of the Annapolis landscape that was not there in 1783-84, when Jefferson lived in Annapolis,  and attended Congress as a delegate from Virginia, was the magnificent wooden dome of the Maryland State House, said to be the largest of its kind in English speaking America.   

After Congress moved the seat of the national government to Trenton, N.J. in November of 1784, having fled to Annapolis in the fall of 1783 from the angry uncompensated veterans in Philadelphia, the Maryland government decided to remove the old, leaky roof and dome of the Annapolis State House and replace it with something more grand and permanent as proposed and executed by a self-taught architect, Joseph Clark.     

Charles Willson Peale, who got his start as an artist in Annapolis,  sketched the results of the State House renovations in 1788.



From the  vantage point of the walkway high up on the dome, in September 1790,  Thomas Jefferson and James Madison would reflect with a friend on the stories that could be told of the town Jefferson had known so well  in those nearly seven busy months in Annapolis.  He lived first at Mrs. Ghiselin’s boarding house on West Street, and then in a house just off Church Circle,  rented from the eminent non-juror and loyalist sympathizing lawyer Daniel Dulany.  The foundation of the house is now under the Anne Arundel County Courthouse Annex.

On the trek up the narrow wooden stairway to the walkway around the dome, Jefferson was accompanied by James Madison, Thomas Lee Shippen,  and Shippen’s friend, Dr. Schaaf, who for three hours regaled them by “opening the roofs of the houses, telling us the history of each family who lived in them.” The next day they had a sumptuous dinner of turtle and expensive old Madeira at George Mann’s Inn off Church (now Main Street) and Conduit.

Given the extent and quantity of his writing during his stay in Annapolis, it is difficult to imagine that Jefferson slept much.  He found time to complete his Notes on Virginia which, because of the high cost of printing in America,  he took with him to be published in Paris.  He also composed position papers and recommendations on the currency, on the disposition of the lands in the Northwest Territory that had been won from Britain, on the finances of the struggling Confederation government, on  the protocol for accepting George Washington’s resignation as Commander in Chief (which took place on December 23, 1783), and a remarkable series of notes and annotations on number of subjects given to a Dutch friend, G. K. von Hogendorp,  who later published his memories of Jefferson’s habits in Annapolis:

Mr. Jefferson, during my attendance at the session of Congress, was more busily engaged than anyone.  Retired from fashionable society, he concerned himself only with affairs of public interest, his sole diversion being that offered by belles lettres.  The poor state of his health, he told me occasionally, was the cause of this retirement; but it seemed rather that his mind, accustomed to the unalloyed pleasure of the society of a lovable wife, was impervious since her loss to the feeble attractions of a common society, and that his soul, fed on noble thoughts, was revolted by idle chatter. [Boyd, Papers of Thomas Jefferson,  7:82]

He even took time almost immediately on his arrival in Annapolis,  to instruct his eleven year old daughter, Patsy, on how she should occupy her time in Philadelphia.  On November 28, 1783, he wrote:

...the following is what I should approve.

from 8. to 10 o’clock practise music
from 10. to 1. dance one day and draw another
from 1. to 2. draw on the day you dance, and write a letter the next day.
from 3. to 4. read French.
from 4. to 5. exercise yourself in music
from 5. till bedtime read English, write &c.
...
I expect you will write to me by every post.  Inform me what books you read, what tunes you learn, and inclose me your best copy of every lesson in drawing. [Boyd, Papers of Thomas Jefferson, 7:360]

Jefferson also began  to record the weather each day, beginning, perhaps as a new year's resolution, in January of 1784, a habit he continued with one interruption,  through January of 1790, and his return from France to Monticello. [Jefferson’s Memorandum Books, 771 ff].
He also recorded his daily expenses which provide the basic outline for what he was doing and purchasing while in Annapolis, including send his Hemings servant to Baltimore to become a hairdresser.  It didn’t work out.  Hemings refused to go to France, and returned with the horses to Monticello while Jefferson went on to France.  Evidently from the Peale portrait, Jefferson ultimately chose to do little with his hair, unlike many of his contemporaries. [see:  Jefferson’s Memorandum Books, ff  540-548].

On his birthday on April 13, 1784,  Jefferson found the day fair and the temperature ranging from 45 to 58 degrees fahrenheit accompanied by the  note:  “a little snow lying in some places. Martins appear. Mockingbird sings.” [Jefferson’s Memorandum Books, 773-774]

Nearly fifty years ago, I brashly set out to map and interpret the town of Jefferson and of Congress’s time in Annapolis.  With the help of my mentor, Johns Hopkins history professor Jack Greene, who agreed to be nominal principal investigator because a lowly graduate student could never secure a research grant on such a scale,  I wrote a successful grant proposal to the National Endowment for the Humanities. The research files and the product of that research project are to be found at the Maryland State Archives.  I have placed the maps and the lot histories on line.

My dream was to create a layer of space and time that would accurately explain who owned what and where people lived in Annapolis in 1783 and 1784.  To do so, the project I directed pioneered in creating accurate base maps (derived from the Sanborn insurance maps)  and plotted the history of every piece of property in town as we could document it for 1783-84, linking place to biographies of residents and visitors, particularly members of Congress and residents who appeared on the tax list of 1783.  It was all done on paper without the aid of computers and Google Maps, inspired by the work on one street, Cornhill,  undertaken by one of the most thoughtful, gifted,  and dedicated  Archivists I have had the privilege to know, Phebe Jacobsen and her husband Bryce Jacobsen, long time athletic director for St. Johns College.  It would translate well into an on-going, dynamic research web site, if only a sponsor and funding could be found.

While the project never became the model for the on-going history of Annapolis that I had hoped it would, especially with the  promise of the virtual world,  it did inspire one of my colleagues, Jane McWilliams,  to become the historian of the city.  Her book on Annapolis is both definitive and a good read.

From our study of Annapolis lot histories,  you can discover the places today that have survived,  and that Jefferson would recognize, as well as learn of the sites of places no longer visible, where Jefferson dwelled, patronized, and was entertained.

To guide and to document Jefferson’s activities in Annapolis, Jefferson has left a detailed accounting record,  as well as extensive correspondence which Julian Boyd has made so accessible and readable in book form, but not all of which is yet accessible on line.

If I were to lead a walking tour of Annapolis of places most familiar to Jefferson during his stay in 1783-84,  I would start at the State House, in the rotunda, at the exhibit case containing the single piece of paper on which George Washington hastily (for him) composed his remarks to Congress resigning his commission, remarks that were required by the protocol of the ceremony Jefferson and his committee set forth for noon on December 23, 1783.  




See: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Maryland+State+House/@38.978828,-76.490974

Elaine Bachmann, Director of Artistic Property, Exhibits and Public Outreach, discusses the George Washington resignation display on Thursday. The Maryland State Archives acquired the speech in 2007 and put it on display


When on public business, Jefferson spent a great deal of time in the Maryland State House, most likely in the committee room, just off the Old Senate Chamber which houses some of the new exhibits prepared by the Maryland State Archives for interpreting the State House.  Missing is the panel designed for the first exhibits in that room in 1984 which documented the residences of the members of Congress in 1783-84, but in its place, the text of that exhibit can be found at:  http://msa.maryland.gov/megafile/msa/speccol/sc5200/sc5287/000009/000000/000007/unrestricted/committee.pdf.  If you care to know where the rest of Congress lived while in Annapolis, you should start there.

From the State House,  exit to the northward, down the steps toward Lawyer’s Mall and left around the circle towards towards the Shaw House (8 State Circle).  This was home and shop of the cabinet maker John Shaw where Jefferson would have stopped to order the cabinetry recorded in his accounts.  Shaw was in charge of the furnishings and maintenance of the State House at the time and had commissioned the very large U. S. Flag that flew over the State House while Congress was resident.




See: https://www.google.com/maps/place/8+State+Cir,+Annapolis,+MD+21401/@38.9784263,-76.4911445

The original of the watercolor depicting the flag over the State House when Jefferson resided in town, can be seen  at one of the stops along the walk, the Hammond Harwood House.   I discovered the watercolor by chance one day on a self-guided tour of the house.  At the time it was not interpreted nor widely known.  I was stunned to see that the flag we had reconstructed for the first version of the Shaw flag from the receipts for cloth used, was in error (since corrected) and was overwhelmed by the beauty of the detail of what it depicted of the town about the time of Jefferson’s return in 1790.



Jefferson so admired the architecture of the Hammond Harwood House on Maryland  Avenue, that he sketched it in some detail:


Proceed from the Shaw House around State Circle to Maryland Avenue and on to the Hammond Harwood House for one of the best house tours in the city. 



See: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Hammond-Harwood+House/@38.9801688,-76.4872671

Afterwards return to the corner of Maryland Avenue and Prince George Street, walking southward towards the Harbor.  On your left, just before East Street, stop at the Paca House to visit the house and the gardens.




See: https://www.google.com/maps/place/William+Paca+House+%26+Garden/@38.979625,-76.487891


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There is no indication that Jefferson ever visited the Paca House or the much larger Brice House around the corner on East Street, but  it is doubtful that he would have missed a chance to visit the garden, and he may even have spent time in the two houses that enjoy the view of the garden.  The Brice House, facing on East Street, is the largest of the colonial mansion built in Annapolis, and, if open, is well worth the visit.   The interior woodwork that dates back to just before Jefferson’s time in Annapolis is especially charming, including the mantle carved by an indentured servant named Mickey Mantle.
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After leaving the Paca Garden and the Paca and Brice townhouses, proceed next down Prince George Street, again  towards the harbor, stopping in front of 142 Prince George Street,   Dr. James Murray’s house.  Apart from his government colleagues and those who stayed with him at the Dulany House on the west side of town, Jefferson probably spent more time here with Dr. Murray than any other resident.  He may have even showered there from water collected from the roof  in a lead lined cistern and funneled through a ‘shower head.’   Dr. Murray was a great believer in the medical advantages of a cold shower.



See: https://www.google.com/maps/place/142+Prince+George+St,+Annapolis,+MD+21401/@38.9785575


History of the Annapolis Inn Murray House

Farther on, when you get to  Randall Street, turn right, and proceed to Middleton’s Tavern on the right facing Market Space.  In 1783/84 it would have been occupied by Gilbert Middleton, and after Jefferson left, by John Randall, a  Revolutionary War veteran and supplier of uniforms,  who, as customs officer appointed by Washington  in the 1790s  used the building as  the first Annapolis customs house under the new Federal Constitution.




See: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Middleton+Tavern/@38.978177,-76.486914




There would have been a market there in Jefferson’s time, but closer to the traffic circle.  To his right,  on Market Space, Jefferson would have seen the impressive Wallace Davidson and Johnson building, only one portion of which still stands today on the corner of Fleet and Market Space (.  On his first days in Annapolis, Jefferson would visit John Davidson’s store in this building and purchase several items, repeating himself on more than one occasion throughout his stay.




See: https://www.google.com/maps/place/26+Market+Space,+Annapolis,+MD+21401/@38.9780022,-76.4876057


The surviving quarter of the building on the corner of Fleet Street is just beyond the second large chimney


If you pause at the corner of Fleet and Market Space,  and look back up towards the State House, 10 Cornhill was occupied by the silversmith John Chalmers from whom Jefferson purchased a silver cover for an ivory book, martingal rings & buckle for his horse.

Next follow Market Space to Main Street, turning right and walking up Main, proceed to Conduit.  Turn left on to Conduit, passing a colonial style building on the left which is now a Masonic lodge (162 Conduit Street).




See: https://www.google.com/maps/place/162+Conduit+St,+Annapolis,+MD+21401/@38.977195,-76.4900537

Neither it nor the row houses beyond would have been there in Jefferson’s time.  Instead he would have seen the courtyard and Mann’s Tavern where he  first stayed in Annapolis, and dined with his friends after his trip up the State House dome.  Mann’s is also where George Washington slept during his brief stay in Annapolis in December 1783, and where he probably composed his remarks resigning his commission,  now on display in the State House.  

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At the corner of Duke of Gloucester Street turn right and walk up the street towards Church Circle, turning left towards  the 1820s Anne Arundel County Courthouse, the site of the house that Jefferson rented,  and where he completed the draft of his Notes on Virginia.   





See: https://www.google.com/maps/place/8+Church+Cir,+Annapolis,+MD+21401/@38.977864,-76.493167


When he left Annapolis for Paris, Jefferson  sold his possessions and his library there to future president James Monroe for 21 pounds 12 shillings and 8 pence.

[Boyd, Papers of Thomas Jefferson, 6:240]

Undoubtedly the house was also supplied with some furniture belonging to Daniel Dulany,  possibly including Dulany’s desk on which he wrote the best known attack on the Stamp Act of 1765, and the losing arguments in the debate with Charles Carroll of Carrollton over the fee making powers of the last colonial governor, Sir Robert Eden.

Continue around the outer rim of Church Circle  past the Courthouse and by Reynold’s Tavern to West street, turning left.  Pause at the site of Mrs. Ghesilin’s boarding house (30 West Street) where Jefferson first stayed on his arrival in Annapolis in November, 1783.

 


 
See: https://www.google.com/maps/place/30+West+St,+Annapolis,+MD+21401/@38.978379,-76.4944118
West Street was the approach by land to Annapolis in 1783.  George Washington entered the city that way, as did Thomas Jefferson, although he would depart the city by the Rockhall Ferry in 1784.  Turning back towards the Church on Church Circle, Jefferson would have seen a diminished pile of bricks for the new church (long since demolished and replaced by the current structure) from which an enterprising member of vestry (Thomas Hyde) ‘borrowed’ for his inn.  The inn can still be seen at the tip of Main and Duke of Gloucester streets.  Now known as the Maryland Inn, the first triangular shaped commercial  building of its kind in America, it was still under construction in 1784.

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You might want to stop here for refreshment, or proceed back down Main Street to Middleton’s Tavern on Market Space. 


It would have been here at Middleton’s Tavern  that Jefferson would have purchased his passage on the Middleton ferry to Rock Hall when he left Annapolis on his way to Paris on May 11, 1784. His last entry for the weather in Annapolis was for the 10th of May when it was a pleasant  65 degrees.  He would not resume his systematic recording of the weather until slightly over a year later in France, when on the afternoon of June 9, 1785, it was but a degree warmer.

If Jefferson celebrated his birthday while in Annapolis, no record of it survives.  Happy Birthday, Mr. President!  We should observe the day as a tribute to your public service and unceasing intellectual curiosity, even if you did not.

April 13, 2015

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Yesterday's email: John F. Kennedy, Max Freedman, and the history of Imperial China?


Yesterday's email

Are the private messages a public figure writes of importance to our understanding of the past?  Should all correspondence, particularly emails, of public figures be subject to public scrutiny and permanent retention regardless of what server or storage device they may be on?  These are serious questions that will not be answered easily and are so politically charged at the moment, that resolution is not imminent.  Fifty-five years ago we were not confronted with the problems posed by public policy via email, and fairly reasonable guidelines for managing the paper files of government officials were in place,  although presidential tape recordings in the White House would prove a thorny issue to resolve some years later, consuming one presidency in the process.  Today Presidents probably fire off notes as instant messages from their phones or tablets, but apparently President Kennedy used small hand-written ones.    

Not too long ago our son acquired a book containing a hand-written note that intrigued him and our grandson Everett.


It was from John  F. Kennedy to “President Freedman”  in which he sends the book, a biography of the Dowager Empress of China, along with the comment that the author “may have been a fraud, but he wrote a corking good story….good luck keeping the names straight…” and  points to the page to read first.   The handwriting  on the note resembles one of  President Kennedy’s secretaries, but the signature appears to be his (the Kennedy Library as a matter of policy declined to authenticate).






To whom was it addressed?  A reasonable guess is that it was a playful Hanukkah greeting  to Max Freedman (1915-1980), the Manitoban who was the Washington Correspondent of the Manchester Guardian and   Free Press, before and during the Kennedy Presidency, or to his brother Samuel, the Chancellor of the University of Manitoba.   Max Freedman was a friend with whom John Kennedy spent a number of evenings discussing their love of books on  a wide range of topics, but especially biography.  The Kennedy library has transcribed an oral history interview with Max Freedman which can be found on their web site, and, in response to an inquiry about the President’s relationship with Max Freedman,  alluded to the off-the-record dinners. According to Max Freedman:


Now, one of the things I used to do for him – I would break his tension – quite often I would get a telephone call from him, and he‟d ask me about a book. And as abruptly as he had phoned, he would sign off.  Sometimes he would talk to me for thirty seconds, sometimes for five or ten minutes. But I always knew that something had gone wrong, and he knew that if he got me on the phone that he could talk to me about books or the theater, and that would be it. It was helpful to him. I remember the last thing I ever did for him.  We were there one night, and we were talking about biographies, and he asked to give him some. So I sent him thirteen, and he returned twelve with comments on them


Is it genuine?  To whom is it written? Is it in a book from the personal library of JFK?  Ought it be preserved in a public archive somewhere?  Suggestions (and evidence) are welcome, especially to Everett who, along with his grandfather, believes it provides further insight into the intellectual interests of JFK, and, who also, of course,   is curious about its monetary worth.


At one of his  last news conferences on November 14, 1963, President Kennedy addressed relations with China:

QUESTION: Mr. President, what are the prerequisites or conditions for resumption of some sort of trade with Red China?
THE PRESIDENT: We are not planning on trade with Red China in view of the policy that Red China pursues. If the Red Chinese indicate a desire to live at peace with the United States, with other countries surrounding it, then quite obviously the United states would re-appraise its policies. We are not wedded to a policy of hostility to Red China. It seems to me Red China's policies are what create the tension between not only the United States and Red China but between Red China and India, between Red China and her immediate neighbors to the south, and even between Red China and other Communist countries.

The more things change, the more they remain the same, especially in the South China Sea. Perhaps if President Kennedy were in office today, he would call  on someone like Max Freedman and discuss the biography of the next to last of the Manchus to relieve the tension, even if he did not record the call for us to listen in.



Wednesday, April 8, 2015

First Citizen and Antilon: Charles Carroll of Carrollton and Daniel Dulany

First Citizen Awards: 2015

Remarks before the Senate of Maryland
by
Edward C. Papenfuse, Maryland State Archivist, Emeritus
3/19/2015


President Miller, members of the Senate, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen:


It is my privilege  to be here again today to present, on your behalf, the First Citizen Awards of the Maryland Senate.  Since 1992,  I have had the honor, on behalf of the Senate and President Miller,  of explaining the reasons for the award, and to prepare brief summaries of the many contributions the awardees have made in their lifetime of public service. The award is a boxed edition of the 1773 newspaper debate between First Citizen and Antilon by a graduate school colleague of mine at Johns Hopkins, Peter Onuf, Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation Professor of History, Emeritus, at the University of Virginia.


The text of the award says best what it means to be a First Citizen:


First Citizen is the name that Charles Carroll of Carrollton chose to sign a series of articles published by Anne Catharine Green in the Annapolis Maryland Gazette in 1773 in which he debated in print with a formidable opponent, Daniel Dulany, Jr., who, under the assumed name ‘Antilon,’ defended the Governor’s right to impose fees without legislative authority.  Carroll’s articles  form a strong defense of an independent legislature and were among the earliest arguments for a new concept of government based upon traditional community rights and liberties that protected its citizens from arbitrary rule.  

Daniel Dulany's first article from the Maryland Gazette, 1773/01/07



At the time, Carroll, as a Roman Catholic, could neither vote nor hold public office because of his faith.   With the publication of these articles, Carroll launched a career of public service that began with his active participation in the Revolution, gaining him a vote with the right to run for public office, and did not end until his death at the age of 95 in 1832, as the last surviving signer of the Declaration of Independence.  In addition to helping draft Maryland's first Constitution and adding his signature to  the Declaration of Independence in 1776, Carroll served as President of the Maryland Senate, of which he was a member from 1777 to 1800,  and as one of the first United States Senators from Maryland (1789-1792).  


To be a First Citizen is to be a dedicated and effective participant in the process of making government work for the benefit of all.


Charles Carroll of Carrollton - Michael Laty.jpg


Although not yet fully articulated in the First Citizen letters, Charles Carroll was challenging all citizens to think about much needed changes in government, changes that would allow people like him "freedom of speech and thought," changes that would separate the powers of the Executive and the Legislature, and that would ensure that taxation could not be imposed by anyone not subject to the laws passed by the Legislature. Carroll was among the first people in the colonies to advance a new concept of government based on the advice and consent of the people. This led to one of the most creative experiments in defining self-government that the world has ever witnessed.


To Carroll, and to others such as his distant cousin, Charles Carroll the Barrister, Samuel Chase, and William Paca, all of whom served in the Maryland Senate, making government work for the good of the whole meant a thoughtful reworking of the structure of government by writing it all down, debating the results, and crafting the final product in committees separately and of the whole.  Carroll as First Citizen, saw government much as every citizen should see it today, in constant need of attention and thoughtful, timely,  legislative action.


Printer to the colony and convention of Maryland
and publisher of the Maryland Gazette


Standing at the ready to assist in his first public debate over legislative rights with a seasoned politician who was widely known for his ability to win an argument,  was the printer to the colony and publisher of the local newspaper, Anne Catharine Green.  While women would not reach full citizenship until the 20th century, Maryland has been fortunate to have a number of women printers and editors like Anne Catharine Green who pushed the envelope of public debate through the printed word, and in doing so, advanced reasoned democracy.

Carroll: the last word, Maryland Gazette, 1773/07/01


Over seven months beginning in January of 1773 and ending with Carroll having the last published word on July 1, 1773, the debate between Charles Carroll and Daniel Dulany raged in print over whether or not the Governor had the right to set fees for government services without the consent of the legislature.  In the end Carroll won the argument, but not until a new government was formed and George Washington had achieved a military victory over the King’s army.


In giving this award in honor of Charles Carroll of Carrollton’s career as a First Citizen of Maryland, it is important not to overlook his worthy opponent in the newspaper exchange, Daniel Dulany, and the fact that Carroll and Dulany, like our democracy, were not perfect.



Daniel Dulany was by far the best lawyer of his day, and even though he was opposed to independence, he had been the chief spokesperson who published the best known pamphlet against the notorious stamp act in 1765, and remained in Maryland to his death in 1797,  where, deprived of his right to vote because he would not sign an oath of allegiance to the new government, he continued to give sound legal advice and was consulted by the government on a wide range of constitutional and legal matters.  You could say that he proved to be the epitome of the loyal opposition, although his loyalty was to the old political world and not the new.  He chose to write under the name “Antilon,” using it for the first time on Valentine’s Day, 1773.  It was not much of a valentine as it was,  what the word meant in spanish: a stinging, drawing plaster, which would draw the poison, or virus, from the arguments of First Citizen.   Political writing in Dulany and Carroll’s day and ours often has sting to it, warranted or unwarranted.  Fortunately for our Democracy, the attempt failed and Carroll’s arguments prevailed.


Charles Carroll’s vision of the future was clouded as well.  He was a strong supporter of slavery,  and could not envision a world without it, yet the government that he helped create, and the principles upon which it was founded, left the door open to slavery’s demise and a new definition of citizenship, even though it would take a bloody civil war in order to have it written into law and practice.


What is important to remember about Charles Carroll as First Citizen and Daniel Dulany as Antilon, is that they preferred the arena of written and oral debate with timely legislative action  to actual dueling and armed combat to settle political differences and forging public policies.  Carroll ultimately won the argument in favor of reasoned and timely actions of a duly-elected representative body including  the Maryland Senate,  in which Carroll would serve as its president, and resign his place in the U. S. Senate to return to its chamber.  


Today the Maryland Senate recognizes three individuals whose public careers have a common thread, coping with the manifold budget challenges facing the State of Maryland.  All three have served on the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee, and are actively engaged in a wide range of budgetary matters.  One was a member of the loyal opposition, and is now faced with  crafting and implementing the new governor’s budget.


Today the Maryland Senate pays tribute to the public careers of


Ulysses Currie:

Defining and separating the line between public responsibilities and private work for a  citizen legislator with a part-time salary can prove to be a bumpy highway.  Senator Currie has had to confront a Federal jury, a hostile press, and his senate peers because of his private work as a consultant,  and his own inadequate record keeping.  He faced up to the challenges and was acquitted of all criminal charges, but he also refused to make excuses.  He characterized himself as a person with flaws and weaknesses, and vowed to do better, which in the eyes of his colleagues and his constituents who re-elected him last fall by over a 92% majority, he has continued to do.  Today the Senate of Maryland pays tribute to his devotion to this institution, and to the unceasing attention he gives to the causes to which he assigns high priority, especially funding education and finding equal employment opportunities for those who need it most.  From sharecropper’s son and the tobacco fields of North Carolina  to being a school principal and a long serving member of the Maryland Legislature, the Maryland Senate presents Ulysses S. Currie its First Citizen Award for 2015.


Edward J. Kasemeyer:


Having appeared before Senator Kasemeyer to defend the Archives budget, I have personal knowledge of his attention to budget details and the wisdom with which he approaches the difficult task of balancing a budget in which projected income seems to always falls short of reality.  As the Howard County Times put it, he is a ‘powerful’ senator who prefers to work largely out of the spotlight.  One county council member described him as “a thoughtful, pragmatic official and one of the most adept politicians at balancing competing interests.”   First elected to the House of Delegates in 1982, he was elected to the state senate in 1986, lost the next election, but was returned in 1994 where he has served ever since, rising to the critically important position of chairman of Budget and Taxation.  As President Miller has said on at least one occasion,  Senator Kasemeyer never raises his voice, but when he rises to speak, people listen.  As one of his Republican colleagues points out,  “he’s somebody who’s willing to listen to all sides.  He’s approachable and he’s fair.”   In many ways that is the essence of a First Citizen, especially when it is combined, as it is in Senator Kasemeyer, with a work ethic that produces results on behalf of his constituents and all the people of Maryland.  To Senator Edward J. Kasemeyer, the Maryland Senate presents its First Citizen Award for 2015.


and

David R. Brinkley:

To be a member of the loyal opposition in hammering out fiscal policy and then to join the executive branch in an effort to both implement and shepherd that policy in new directions takes courage and considerable fortitude, especially when your party is not in the majority.  David Brinkley has the reputation of both a large capacity for detailed budget related work and a willingness to seek solutions based upon compromise and political reality, as long, of course, as the budget is balanced and the overall costs of government are restrained, and where possible, reduced.  In many respects his political mantra might be the wisdom of Benjamin Franklin at the 1787 Constitutional Convention  who in his final speech to the delegates praised their willingness to accept the outcome of compromise, even though it might not have approached the perfection that had been sought by the individual members.


Perhaps Secretary Brinkley and all honorees today would agree with Franklin’s personal observation that


…[ the older he grew, the more apt he was  to doubt his own judgment, and to pay more respect to the judgment of others]. Most men indeed as well as most sects in Religion, think themselves in possession of all truth [said Franklin, but]... few express it so naturally as a certain french lady, who in a dispute with her sister, said "I don't know how it happens, Sister but I meet with no body but myself, that's always in the right — Il n'y a que moi qui a toujours raison."





In any event, it is with respect and appreciation for his devotion to the public interest and his determination to master the complexities of proposing budgetary policies as well as working through the inevitable results of compromise, that the Maryland Senate presents David R. Brinkley with the 2015 First Citizen Award.