: Great Americans and their noble deeds; containing the lives of almost fifty of our nation's heroes and heroines ..
: Hadley, Milton. [from old catalog]
: Philadelphia, National pub. co
: The Library of Congress
: Sloan Foundation
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^ could not accompanyhis distinguished guest. Directed by Colonel Ross a short walk broughtWashington and Morris to the upholstery shop. Imagine Betsys sur-prise at the entrance of General Washington and Robert Morris. Heruncle pleasantly explained the purpose of their visit. As they wished toavoid being noticed, she invited them into her little back parlor. Theyasked her if she could make a flag. She replied : I dont know, but Iwill try. Washington then drew from his pocket a small paper with a hurriedpencil sketch, showing the outlines of a flag of thirteen stripes with afield dotted with thirteen stars. Thirteen, perhaps you remember, wasthe number of States at this time in the Union. Betsy notices that thestars as drawn by Washington had six points and suggested that theyshould have only five. He admitted that she was correct but he pre-
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BETSY ROSS. 05 ferred a star that would not be an exact copy of his coat-of-arms. Hesupposed a six-pointed star could be more easily made. Betsy replied nothing was easier if one only knew how, and quickly folding a pieceof paper, with one clip of her scissors displayed a perfectly formed five-pointed star. This point was then yielded in her favor and the designredrawn. She was left to make the sample flag according to her ownideas of proportion. It was soon completed, accepted by the committeeand adopted by Congress June 14th, 1777. BETSY ROSS MADE THE GOVERNMENT FLAGS. Afterward, Congress drew an order on the treasury to pay BetsyRoss seventy-three dollars for flags for the fleet in the Delaware river.She soon received the contract to make all the government flags, and heldit many years, her daughter, Mrs. Clarissa Wilson continuing the busi-ness until 1857. Betsy Ross was married three times, her second husbandwas Captain Ashburn, and her third John Claypole. Thus the historyof our
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