On this day in 1766, British Parliament passes the American Colonies Act 1766, aka the Declaratory Act, to justify the repeal of the Stamp Act and save face. The act stated that Parliament’s authority was the same in America as in Britain and asserted Parliament’s authority to pass laws binding on the American colonies “in all cases whatsoever.”
In 1780, John Adams wrote to Horatio Gates from Paris, “I don’t know to whom I can give him a Letter with more Propriety than to the General of Saratoga. I should be proud to return any Civilities you may show him to any of your Friends, who may travel to Paris. I want very much to know, what Scope the Enemy have from New York, what supplies of Provisions, &c. they do and can derive from New Jersey, New York or Connecticut. If you can find Leisure, to inform me you will much oblige, sir your Friend and humble sert. John Adams.”
In 1815, Thomas Jefferson wrote to author Louis H. Girardin on this day from Monticello. “Your messenger finds me to the elbows in the dust of my book-shelves. I received my Catalogue, last night, and have begun the revisal of the shelves today. from this small specimen it seems as if it would take me three weeks very laborious work.—I send you 2d Toulongeon, and return your Cahier, with approbation of every thing except as to the detention of the Convention troops, where altho’ I am on your side, yet I think the grounds of the conduct of Congress should be stated.” The British and Hessian soldiers who surrendered on 17 Oct. 1777 at the Battle of Saratoga were known as convention troops, and under the terms of surrender they were to be returned to Britain after promising that they would not serve in America during the remainder of the Revolutionary War. In the concluding volume of History of Virginia, Girardin explains the decision of the Continental congress to detain these prisoners in the vicinity of Charlottesville; uses Jefferson’s own papers as source material; and quotes Jefferson’s correspondence with some of the imprisoned officers.
In 1978, Schuylerville’s Eric Stover led the Schuylerville High School’s Black Horses Basketball Team to a thrilling triple overtime victory over Bloomfield to win the Class B State Championship title.
In 2009, Edward Stillman Boyce, 87, a resident of Green Street, passed away at his home after a brief illness. Born Oct. 17, 1921, in Schuylerville, he was the son of the late Spencer J. Boyce Sr. and Loretta (Cox) Boyce. He was a lifelong resident of Schuylerville. Mr. Boyce was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, serving in the South Pacific as a pharmacist second mate. He was a retired employee of the New York State Department of Parks and Recreation. He was employed as caretaker of the Saratoga Battle Monument for 23 years. He was also a retired employee of Local No. 157 Laborers Union in Schenectady. During summers, he was employed as a Pinkerton at the Saratoga Race Course. He was also a member of Old Saratoga Post No. 278 American Legion in Schuylerville.
In 2011, Charles D. “Cha” Wood, Sr., passed away. He was born 19 March 1944 in Schuylerville, he was the son of Doric and Monica Johnson Wood, Sr. Cha had been employed for several years by the Department of Public Works in the Village of Victory. He had also owned and operated Wood’s Mobile Manor in Schuylerville.
In 2017, Heritage Hunters met at the Town Hall with novelist Gloria Waldron, on research.
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“People will not look forward to posterity, who never look backward to their ancestors,” wrote Whig statesman Edmund Burke (12 January 1729 – 9 July 1797) in Reflections on the Revolution in France.