Discussion on flags was postponed, pending publication of a treatise on the subject, which is now at hand under the name “The Stars and Stripes”; consideration of its value as an authority, therefore, seems proper.
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While the author expresses no opinion on many disputed points, he is sure that “The King’s colors at the maintop and a St. George’s cross at the fore were hoisted over the Mayflower,” without being troubled with the doubts, which have afflicted many, as
to whether there is any proof at all regarding this Mayflower. [^2][*1] Regarding the Bedford flag, he asserts three times that it is “the oldest American flag extant,” and alleges that it was used in war about 1670, in the Concord fight 1775, but not appearing again till 1875. [*2] No sponsor for this tale of the Bedford flag appears except a historian who is regarded in about the same light as Lossing, whose authority on the Revolutionary history of this country is “unquestioned” according to the author. [*3][*4]
- “Notes and queries” answer, signed “Rockingham” (1907) [excerpt] [ no scan ]
in The Boston evening transcript (16 February) Part Three: p 4
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- the author ∨ he
- cf. Harrison’s The stars and stripes and other American flags (1906) pp 12-13 [ no scan ]
- cf. Harrison’s The stars and stripes and other American flags (1906) pp 15 and 31 [ no scan ]
NB: Harrison makes this claim twice — not thrice — and only once in these exact words.
- “a historian”: Abram English Brown
- cf. Harrison’s The stars and stripes and other American flags (1906) p 35 [ no scan ]