We Found Paul Revere’s Time Capsule
Paul Revere had buried the capsule in a cornerstone of the Massachusetts State house together with Samuel Adams in 1795. That was a dangled participle, I apologize. To clarify, Sam Adams also put stuff in the capsule, but was not buried inside the capsule itself. He was actually buried in a cemetery in Boston that was not in a time capsule. That is, the cemetery is not in the time capsule, nor was Sam Adams. Though technically if they put stuff in the coffin that might make it a time capsule- I’m not really sure what the bright line standard for time capsules is. Then again this is why the internet exists and I’m sure I could research that but I am beginning to stray very far from the title of this post and leave it to all of you to do the research while I resume my original point. It isn’t really my fault though because most of you are pedants and I feel the need to cover all my bases.
[I plead jet lag]
The capsule was discovered by workers in the present day as they were repairing a water leak.
According to Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin, “What we know the box contains, based on the notes that we have, is a Paul Revere plate, papers, and coins from the 1600s. It may contain other stuff too, we don’t know that yet.” Galvin was informed by an expert from the Museum of Fine Arts that “stuff” is the correct industry term to describe potentially historically significant artifacts.
My guess is that the box also contains crayon drawings horsies that Revere completed while in the second grade that his mom refused to put on the icebox, while Adams likely chose to include the macaroni necklace that he had made when he got bored during the First Continental Congress but never wore because he just never found the right outfit.
Just kidding, nobody historically pinned drawings to iceboxes when Paul Revere was a kid.
Specialists are handling the box very carefully- x-rays are being taken to determine the contents of the box before any attempt is made to open it.
This is the second unearthing of the box as it had been once removed in 1855 during construction and replaced. Coins were tossed into the mortar during the second reburial that have survived in good condition, making it likely that the contents of the box have not been interrupted significantly since that time.
As both capsule burials were documented in detail, there is talk of reburying the box after it has been studied, possibly with the addition of contemporary items.
Image is a colored reproduction of an engraving by Paul Revere