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Blueprint for a Revolution: The Spies at Carpenters' Hall

Note: This is the entire book, written by Charles and Nancy Cook, in seven chapters.
Carpenters' Hall, Chestnut below Fourth, Philadelphia
The only thing new in the world is the history you don't know.
–Harry S Truman

Whenever America has needed heroes, someone has always been there.

Francis Daymon is not your average history book hero. He was an everyday American who did what he could, never realizing his actions and talents would mean the difference between victory or defeat for the American Revolution.

Blueprint for a Revolution is based on a true story that has recently been rediscovered because of a hand written account by Achard de Bonvouloir. His papers were found in Paris after almost two centuries, describing this most important, but secret, event in American history. The story tells how Francis Daymon helped both Benjamin Franklin and the French spy, Bonvouloir, secretly meet to discuss the colonies' upcoming revolution against England.

This book was written for children and adults alike to celebrate another example of America's greatest strength-its people.

We could not have won the revolution without France, and this is how France first got into it!
–Charles E. Peterson, FAIA
Historian Emeritus, The Carpenters' Company


This book is dedicated to the members of the Carpenters' Company and to all who leave Carpenters' Hall with a renewed understanding that each individual contributes to the whole, and that the efforts of every one of us makes a difference.

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Copyright by Charles and Nancy Cook. Used by kind permission


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