Author: St. George Tucker


“To Atlas” by St. George Tucker (June 5, 1793)

In “To Atlas,” published in the National Gazette in Philadelphia on June 5, 1793, St. George Tucker satires Alexander Hamilton, then the U.S. secretary of the treasury. Tucker’s poem was the second in a series of fourteen poems known as “The Probationary Odes of Jonathan Pindar, Esq.” that skewered Federalist politicians.


George Wythe’s Will and Three Codicils (June 11, 1806)

In his last will and testament and the three codicils that subsequently revised it, George Wythe leaves his estate to friends and family, including his former student Thomas Jefferson, then president of the United States. The last revision to his will, made on June 1, 1806, occurred upon the death of Michael Brown, a mixed-race young man who lived with Wythe. Wythe apparently believed that Brown and himself had been poisoned by Wythe's grandnephew, George Wythe Sweeney. Wythe died on June 8. The first codicil is followed, probably in a hand other than Wythe's, by a quotation in Greek from the Iliad, book 6, lines 13–15. A 1924 English translation by A. T. Murray reads: "a man rich in substance, that was beloved of all men."