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Missing Links to the Culper Spy Ring?

by:
Bernadine Fawcett (Author)

ISBN: 0-7414-2159-3 ©2005
Price: $22.95
Book Size: 8.5" x 11" , 336 pages
Category/Subject: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Historical

Rev. Andrew Eliot, a Connecticut Revolutionary War Spy, who exchanged particulars from Washington, Franklin, Hancock, and Jackson, with his co-spy father in Boston we might not be enjoying our present American freedom.

Abstract:
Curiosity about the Revolutionary War letters Bernadine Fawcett inherited led her to discover intimate accounts of a Patriot Spy Ring. Now as a great grandmother, Bernadine Fawcett, B.A. G.S.S (Fordham University) Counselor, Columnist, Author, Television and Radio Personality realizes the importance of sharing her research which ties her to the family of Vice President Aaron Burr. His obscure relatives Rev. Eliot, whose wife was a direct line descendent from Alfred the Great as was Aaron Burr, and Burr’s first cousin, Thaddeus Burr, exchanged firsthand secret information dealing with Gen. Washington and other troop developments which was delivered (on occasion by John Hancock) to the elder reverend of the same name in Boston.

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Customer Reviews

  Missing links to the Culper Spy Ring? , 02/26/2005
Reviewer: STEPHANIE BAIL
Bernadine Fawcett's new book, Missing Links to the Culper Spy Ring?, is a fascinating read. Not only does she make a solid argument for her premise that Rev. Andrew Eliot of Connecticut and his father the Rev. Andrew Eliot of Boston were indeed part of the famed Culper Spy Ring, her inclusion of the actual letters sent from son to father depict the actual day to day life of an early American family dealing with the tumultuous events of the American Revolution. Whether or not you are convinced by the main argument offered by the author, the letters alone will be well worth a reading of this book, as they bring to life a turbulent time in American history as only a primary source can.

Stephaine Bail, President of the Wading River Historical Society, Editor of the newspaper, THE SOUND OBSERVER.

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  Missing Links Creates a New Writing Genre , 05/08/2005
Reviewer: Betsy Quint-Feldman
I am reviewing Missing Links to the Culper Spy Ring: by Bernadine Fawcett. "Missing Links" is a footnoted collection of handwritten and typeset letters and photographs that retell details of the American Revolutionary War, not by means of folklore or quantitative timelines; but through letters that were sent between a father and son in 18th century Connecticutt. These letters are true primary source gemstones, because they immerse the reader in the language, religion, and belief system of a time period which didn't have access to computer, photography, or videotape. In a world where we have become overly dependent on microwaves, video camera cell phones, and cars, authoress, BernadineFawcett has reminded us of a way of life that has been long forgotten. In the 1700s people depended on crops to survive, candles to see, word of mouth to hand down family history, and letters to pass information. It is noteworthy that the authoress acquired these documents through a step inlaw. I am touched that she had the great vision to undertake the task of interpreting the data in the letters. Her work is a true labor of love and respect for her husband's heritage, as well as a validation of our American identity. I am very thankful that I read "Missing Links." It gave me a chance to eavesdrop without tapping a phone, and the book also made me want to honor our country by reading more secondary sources about the American Revolutionary War. In summation: I would recommend this book to ages 16 and up. It provides the reader with a journey through time that makes us thankful for the brave efforts of our first settlers. The format of the book is credible and the type provides for easy reading. I must commend Bernadine Fawcett for creating a poignant genre of a letter reading extravaganza. I have never read a book quite like this before, and it just happens to be that I read the during the most stressful month of my life and the book held my attention. I am pondering using some of the letters as Listening Comprehension activities, as I am a Reading Teacher. When I'm not in the classroom, I'm writing letters, just like the characters; but my letters are emails. B. Quint-Feldman/ Reading and Special Education New York City Teacher

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  SOLVE THE MYSTERY , 06/22/2005
Reviewer: ANNA SILVERMAN HOOD
THIS BOOK WAS VERY INTRIGUING.I LOVED HEARING THROUGH A FIRST HAND OBSERVER THE ROAR OF THE CANNONS.ITS AMAZING THE BRAVERY THAT THE WOMAN EXHIBITED!!WOULD ANY OF US TODAY TRUELY PUT OUR FAMILES AT SUCH A RISK? THIS IS AN UNPARELLED LOOK IN THE PAST.ITS A MUST READ!!!!

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