I had a wonderful time recently at the launch for my novel, The Chamomile. Several of the guests made the following toasts that were proposed during the Revolutionary War era.
George Washington attended a Public Dinner at Frances Tavern on
Pearl Street in where he would propose 13 Toasts with Hot Butter'd Rum.' New York
1. To the
, United States of America
2. To His Most Christian Majesty Louis XVI of
3. To the United
4. To the King of
5. To the American Army;
6. To the Fleet and Armies of France which have served in
7. To the memory of those heroes who have fallen for our freedom;
8. May our country be grateful to her military children;
9. May justice support what courage has gained;
10. To the indicators of the rights of mankind in every quarter of the globe,
be an asylum to the persecuted of the Earth; America
12. May a close union of states guard the temple they have erected to
13. May the remembrances of the day be a lesson to princes.
Here's to the four hinges of friendship --
Swearing, lying, stealing & drinking.
When you swear, swear to your country;
When you lie, lie for love;
When you steal, steal from bad company;
And when you drink, DRINK WITH ME!
Benjamin Franklin’s delivered a toast at
Versailles while he was American emissary to . On this occasion the toasting was led off by the British ambassador, who said, "To George the Third, who, like the sun in its meridian, spreads a luster throughout and enlightens the world." The next toast came from the French minister, who said, "To the illustrious Louis the Sixteenth, who, like the moon, sheds his mild and benevolent rays on and influences the globe." France
"To the enemies of our country! May they have cobweb breeches, a porcupine saddle, a hard-trotting horse, and an eternal journey.”
"Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man." - Ben Franklin
To the signers of the Declaration of Independence: From this act of treason against the British Crown sprang a chart of
and Emancipation broad as the universe and filled with glad tiding and a good will towards men. They who periled their lives by this noble act will live and be cherished in the hearts of free men. Liberty
To Authors -- The queerest of animals; their tales come out of their heads!