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1840s Secrets and Money ~

Hello, avid readers of past wisdom and predictions 1840's style ~ September from the 1840 Illinois Farmer's Almanac compliments of

"None are so fond of secrets, as those who do not mean to keep them; such persons covet secrets as a spendthrift covets money for the purpose of circulation."

~ Excerpt from September

Illinois 1840 Almanac

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Notice in the right column: "Prest Jno Hancock died September 28, 1793" ~

Do you know what history records as his date of death?

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What? You don't recall John Hancock as one of our presidents. You would be correct - click the image below to see that he was President of the Continental Congress from May 24, 1775 – October 31, 1777. Also notice how his name is spelled in the French photo below ~

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"Nothing is profitable which is dishonest."


More pages will be published each week until the entire almanac is published.

Thanks to for making historical data available to the public and to Knox College for contributing the almanac.

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