Col. Manly Rash Addresses the Staten Island TEA Party on 2 Aug 2009
The Despots are Coming! To the Ballot Box!
On Sunday, August 2, 2009 Col. Manly Rash addressed a gathering of the Staten Island TEA Party at the Conference House Park - site of the historic Billopp House, where Ben Franklin, John Adams and Edward Rutledge met with the English to discuss peace.
Sept. 11, 1776: Congress agreed to have a delegation of three men, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and Edward Rutledge, meet with the British in the Billopp house on the southern tip of Staten Island.Naturally, what they called peace would mean nothing less than a full surrender of the principles set out in the Declaration of Independence and a failure of the American experiment. As they expected, Lord Howe offered to end the conflict peacefully if the American colonies would return to British control, but the Americans refused to give up their struggle for independence. Just as peacefully as their arrived, the delegates sailed away and the Revolution raged on for seven more years. Standing at the head of the beach, and surrounded by grass and sand, you hardly need to squint to imagine what it must have looked like when Ben Franklin went there on September 11, 1776.