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The History of the Butterfly, Part 109: Rattan is a Verb

The assault on J. B. Grinnell by Lovell Rousseau and his cane happened in June 1866, and may have been sparked by conversations that happened then.  However, I would be willing to bet that the event was planned far in … Continue reading

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History of the Butterfly, Part 108: Grinnell’s Reply

Rousseau was apparently not present when on February 6, 1866 Mr. Grinnell gave his speech on the Freedmen’s Bureau reauthorization bill.  He called Rousseau on a statement he had made a on the third.  He also insulted the state of … Continue reading

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History of the Butterfly, part 105: Grinnell’s Side of the Story

From:  Men and Events of Forty Years, J.B. Grinnell, 1891: I never saw a man struck by another with a blow in anger until I was called to in a friendly voice on the porch of the capitol of Washington, … Continue reading

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