FYI August 08 & 09, 2021

On This Day

870 – Treaty of Meerssen: King Louis the German and his half-brother Charles the Bald partition the Middle Frankish Kingdom into two larger east and west divisions.[1]
The Treaty of Mersen or Meerssen, concluded on 8 August 870, was a treaty of partition of the realm of Lothair II, known as Lotharingia, by his uncles Louis the German of East Francia and Charles the Bald of West Francia, the two surviving sons of Emperor Louis I the Pious. The treaty followed an earlier treaty of Prüm which had split Middle Francia between Lothair I’s sons after his death in 855.

The treaty is commonly referred to in some Western European historiographies as the third major partition of Francia, all of which took place from August 843 to August 870, through treaties of Verdun, Prüm and Mersen’s. It was followed by Treaty of Ribemont.


1842 – The Webster–Ashburton Treaty is signed, establishing the United States–Canada border east of the Rocky Mountains.
The Webster–Ashburton Treaty, signed August 9, 1842, was a treaty that resolved several border issues between the United States and the British North American colonies (the region that became Canada). Signed under John Tyler’s presidency, it resolved the Aroostook War, a nonviolent dispute over the location of the Maine–New Brunswick border.[1] It:

Established the border between Lake Superior and the Lake of the Woods, originally defined in the Treaty of Paris in 1783;
Reaffirmed the location of the border (at the 49th parallel) in the westward frontier up to the Rocky Mountains defined in the Treaty of 1818;
Defined seven crimes subject to extradition;
Called for a final end to the slave trade on the high seas;
Agreed that the two parties would share use of the Great Lakes.

The treaty retroactively confirmed the southern boundary of Quebec that land surveyors John Collins and Thomas Valentine had marked with stone monuments in 1771–1773. The treaty intended that the border be at 45 degrees north latitude, but the border is in some places nearly a half mile north of the parallel. The treaty was signed by United States Secretary of State Daniel Webster and British diplomat Alexander Baring, 1st Baron Ashburton.[2]



Born On This Day

1814 – Esther Hobart Morris, American suffragette and judge (d. 1902)[8]
Esther Hobart Morris (August 8, 1812 – April 2, 1902) was the first woman justice of the peace in the United States.[1] She began her tenure as justice in South Pass City, Wyoming, on February 14, 1870, serving a term of nearly 9 months.[1][2] The Sweetwater County Board of County Commissioners appointed Morris as justice of the peace after the previous justice, R.S. Barr, resigned in protest of Wyoming Territory’s passage of the women’s suffrage amendment in December 1869.[2][3]

Popular stories and historical accounts, as well as by state and federal public monuments, point to Morris as a leader in the passage of Wyoming’s suffrage amendment. However, Morris’ leadership role in the legislation is disputed.[4][5][6] Morris herself never claimed any credit, ascribing the bill entirely to William H. Bright, who was member of the territorial legislature from South Pass City and President of the Territorial Council.[7][1]


1867 – Evelina Haverfield, Scottish nurse and activist (d. 1920)
Evelina Haverfield (9 August 1867 – 21 March 1920)[1] was a British suffragette and aid worker. In the early part of the 20th century, she was involved in Emmeline Pankhurst’s militant women’s suffrage organisation the Women’s Social and Political Union. During World War I she worked as a nurse in Serbia. After the war, she returned to Serbia with her companion Vera Holme to set up an orphanage in Bajina Bašta, a town in the west of the country.[2]



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