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  • Boxed holiday note card and envelope set
  • 20 cards with coordinating, full-color envelopes
  • Cards feature Colonial Williamsburg Historic Area scene
  • Keepsake box has same image as card on box lid
  • Inner text: "Wishing you and those you love a very Merry Christmas!"
  • Illustration by artist John Sloane
  • WILLIAMSBURG exclusive! 
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Wreathed windows, snow-covered streets, and a horse-drawn carriage stopping in front of Raleigh tavern set the scene on this beautiful set of boxed Christmas cards. Established about 1717, the Raleigh's namesake was Sir Walter Raleigh, who had attempted the first colonization of Virginia in 1585. His lead bust stood above the door and, during Publick Times in April and October, planters and merchants from all over the colony passed beneath it on the way to the court. With this set of 20 fully designed Christmas cards, you can share this charming scene along with your holiday greetings with friends and family. Christmas card set arrives in keepsake box with the same image from the card on the box lid. Inner card text reads "Wishing you and those you love a very Merry Christmas!" Illustration by artist John Sloane. Box: 6"L x 8" W.  Cards: 5"W x 7"H
Painted in gilt above the mantel of the Raleigh Tavern's Apollo Room is the motto "Hilaritas Sapientiae et Bonae Vitae Proles." It may be translated "Jollity, the offspring of wisdom and good living." Meeting at the suggestion of burgess Richard Henry Lee in a private room at the Raleigh in 1773, a group that included lawmakers Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, Francis Lightfoot Lee, and Dabney Carr planned the introduction of a resolution to create a standing Committee of Correspondence. The committee participated in the circulation of letters and other communications among the legislatures of the restive coloniesan important step toward Continental unity.

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