- The Washington Times - Friday, January 2, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The 1892 author of the pledge of allegiance, Francis Bellamy (1855 -1931), had an ancestor, Samuel Bellamy, who was a famous pirate on the U.S. East Coast. Samuel lost his life in 1717 when his ship, the Whydah, was sunk in a storm off Wellfleet on Cape Cod, Mass.

All crew members on the Whydah received an equal share of the loot except for an extra share or two for Capt. Bellamy and his officers. He was quoted as saying to his new crew members, “They villify us, the Scoundrels do, when there is only this Difference, they rob the Poor under the Cover of Law, forsooth, and we plunder the Rich under the Protection of our own Courage.”

In 1892, Francis Bellamy seriously considered writing his pledge with the words, “equality, liberty and justice for all” but decided to drop the word “equality.”

JOHN W. BAER

Annapolis

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