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Interesting tale of S&B pirates..... the origin of  Mellville's  "Billy Budd" story....

Reference:
Andrew Dickson White - Fiat Inflation in France - 1896 - Skull&Bones

Here Andrew Dickson White one of the Yale's Original Skull and Bones tells us about Philip Spencer (no mention of his association to S&B  of course!):

http://etext.virginia.edu/etcbin/toccer-new2?id=Whi1Aut.sgm&images=images/modeng&data=/texts/english/modeng/parsed&tag=public&part=all
White, Andrew Dickson, 1832-1918. Autobiography of Andrew Dickson White, Volume I
Copyright, 1904, 1905, by THE CENTURY CO. -- -- Published March, 1905 THE DE VINNE PRESS

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CHAPTER I - BOYHOOD IN CENTRAL NEW YORK -- 1832-1850
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In my seventeenth year came a trial. My father had taken a leading part in establishing a parish school for St. Paul's church in Syracuse, in accordance with the High Church views of our rector, Dr. Gregory, and there was finally called to the mastership a young candidate for orders, a brilliant scholar and charming man, who has since become an eminent bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church. To him was intrusted my final preparation for college. I had always intended to enter one of the larger New England universities, but my teacher was naturally in favor of his Alma Mater, and the influence of our bishop, Dr. de Lancey, being also thrown powerfully into the scale, my father insisted on placing me at a small Protestant Episcopal college in western New York. I went most reluctantly. There were in the faculty several excellent men, one of whom afterward became a colleague of my own in Cornell University, and proved of the greatest value to it. Unfortunately, we of the lower college classes could have very little instruction from him; still there was good instruction from others; the tutor in Greek, James Morrison Clarke, was one of the best scholars I have ever known.

It was in the autumn of 1849 that I went into residence at the little college and was assigned a very unprepossessing room in a very ugly barrack. Entering my new quarters I soon discovered about me various cabalistic signs, some of them evidently made by heating large iron keys, and pressing them against the woodwork. On inquiring I found that the room had been occupied some years before by no less a personage than Philip Spencer,  a member of the famous Spencer family of Albany, who, having passed some years at this little college, and never having been able to get out of the freshman class, had gone to another institution of about the same grade, had there founded a Greek letter fraternity which is now widely spread among American universities, and then, through the influence of his father, who was Secretary of War, had been placed as a midshipman under Commodore McKenzie on the brig-of-war Somers. On the coast of Africa a mutiny was discovered, and as, on examination, young Spencer was found at the head of it, and papers discovered in his cabin revealed the plan of seizing the ship and using it in a career of piracy, the young man, in spite of his connection with a member of the Cabinet, was hanged at the yard-arm with two of his associates.

The most curious relic of him at the college was preserved in the library of the Hermean Society. It was a copy of ``The Pirates' Own Book'': a glorification of the exploits of ``Blackbeard'' and other great freebooters, profusely adorned with illustrations of their joys and triumphs.  This volume bore on the fly-leaf the words, ``Presented to the Hermean Society by Philip Spencer,'' and was in those days shown as a great curiosity.


http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=24678088
Philip Spencer - Birth: 1823 Death: Dec. 1, 1842 
Only U.S. Midshipman hung for mutiny in the Navy

Philip Spencer first attended Hobart College, transferred to Union College but left after 6 months and through the influence of his father, John Canfield, was placed as a midshipman on the brig-of-war, "Somer". Upon the return from a cruise, it was learned that Philip, then 19 years, and 2 seamen, had been hanged, 1 Dec 1842, for mutiny.
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This Philip Spencer was the son of John C. Spencer, President Tyler's Secretary of War.

In 1841, when the prankish youth was fired from Hobart College of Geneva, NY,for neglecting his studies, he shifted to Union and promptly leagued with nine other students to create Chi Psi.

Then, after six months, he quit Union, joined the Navy, and got a bert as acting midshipman aboard the brig Somers. One day in 1841, the Somers arrived in NY from Africa with shocking news: The 19-year-old Cabinet member's son and two other crewman had been hanged at sea for mutiny.

Comdr. Alexander MacKenzie insisted he had found on Spencer a list, in Greek letters, of potential accomplices and that the youth had confessed. In the furor that followed the writer James Fenimore Cooper charged that the Greek writing concerned Chi Psi and that Spencer had died guarding fraternity secrets. However, MacKenzie was court-martialed and acquitted. So the Somers incident, recorded in naval history as a thwarted mutiny is revered by Chi Psi as a fraternal artyrdom.

http://www.library.yale.edu/mssa/YHO/ExtracurricularandSocialOrganizations.pdf
YALE'S EXTRACURRICULAR & SOCIAL ORGANIZATIONS
Chi Psi (Kappa Delta chapter) 1924
(Philip Spencer Memorial Trust)
Quarters:
1. Tomb on northeast corner of Prospect and Trurnbull Streets. (formerly Wolf's Head)
2. 211 Park Street in 1930, H, Herbert Wheeler, architect. Sold to University in 1960.
3. 1195 Chapel Street

http://www.chipsi.org/

http://books.google.com/books?id=sz8EAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA2&lpg=PA2&dq=Philip+spencer+1849+Chi+Psi&source=bl&ots=6Xd3n5BnGR&sig=72A_OTAoP2woCExcnYa2_INeRPU&hl=en&ei=hIB_S9KHEonkswPIxIGBBA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=4&ved=0CBAQ6AEwAw
LIFE - Jan 15, 1940

Spencer was one of Chi Psi's founders  toasts:
"Oh, here's to Philip Spencer, Who when about to die, while sinking down beneath the waves, Shouted out Chi Psi!

http://freepages.history.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~dav4is/people/SPEN481.htm
SPENCER, Philip [~1820-1842] -- American sailor, mutineer

Son of Secretary of War John Canfield Spencer, he was serving as Midshipman aboard the American training brig Somers when a mutiny was discovered a-hatching and Somers, found to be the head of it, was hung along with two co-conspirators -- his paternal connection notwithstanding.

The incident was supposed to have been the model for Melville's Billy Budd.

Chi Psi Fraternity -  Spencer was its founder
Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty: For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole ; He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee. - Job 5

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Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty: For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole ; He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee. - Job 5

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Re: Chi Psi Fraternity founder Philip Spencer - S&B and The Pirates Own Book
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2010, 12:11:25 am »
Another interesting society  Oil and Rockefeller :
 Wolf's Head Society, known originally as The Third Society, at Yale in 1883.[2]

An outlaw was said to bear a "wolf's head"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_W._Harkness

Charles William Harkness (December 17, 1860 – May 1, 1916)[1] was the son of Stephen V. Harkness and his second wife, the former Anna M. Richardson. He was born in Monroeville, Ohio, and his early education was in Cleveland. On his father's death in 1888, Charles inherited a fortune in stock in Standard Oil.

Charles Harkness earned a B.A. from Yale College with the Class of 1883. Harkness, his half-brother William L. Harkness (Yale Class 1881), and several hundred others help found Wolf's Head Society, known originally as The Third Society, at Yale in 1883.[2]

Harkness was a director at Standard Oil and the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul railroad company, and managed his father's immense holdings. Harkness married Miss Mary Warden.

Harkness Tower at Yale is named after Harkness at the request of Anna Harkness. She provided the financing for the Memorial Quadrangle. The additions are significant given her other son, Edward Harkness, who earned a degree with the Yale Class of 1897, provided the financing for the residential colleges at Yale. The colleges cohere on the Quadrangle, and Harkness Tower is central to the whole.

Harkness was a member of the University Club of New York and the Morris County Golf Club of Morristown, NJ.

Wealth Disparities in U.S. Approaching 1920's Levels

Dynastic America, and those who own it ([c1921]) Author: Klein, Henry H., 1879-1955

William L. Harkness died in 1919, leaving $55,000,000. His brother, Charles W., left $170,000,000 in 1916 and his brother, Lamon V., left $100,000,000 in 1915.

Here are $325,000,000 left to heirs in six years a compact mass of wealth sufficient to destroy the very foundation of this republic if wielded in that direction.

 The bulk of this wealth, consisting of the choicest securities, was left to Edward S. Harkness, a brother of the deceased, who is still alive and
who had many millions of his own before he inherited these fortunes. The wealth of the Harknesses is descended from Stephen V. Harkness, a pioneer in the oil business, with John D. Rockefeller. It amounts to about $400,000,000. [ equiv to 600,000,000,000 or 600 BILLION in todays dollars]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Harkness

Edward Stephen Harkness (January 22, 1874 – January 29, 1940) was an American philanthropist. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, one of four sons to Stephen V. Harkness, a harness-maker who invested in the forerunner of Standard Oil, John D. Rockefeller's oil company. Harkness inherited a fortune from his father. His extensive philanthropies, many of them anonymous, were extended especially to colleges, hospitals and museums.[1]

Harkness attended St. Paul's School and Yale University, Class of 1897. Harkness and brothers Charles and William were members of Wolf's Head Society at Yale.[2]

After being graduated, Edward Harkness married Mary Stillman, daughter of William James Stillman. This family also had been associated with the Rockefellers. Harkness earned an LL.D from Columbia Law School.

Harkness made charitible gifts totaling more than $129 million, the equivalent of $2 billion in 2005 dollars [that figure is lowwww closer to 190 BILLION ].


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolf%27s_Head_(secret_society)
Wolf's Head Society is allegedly an undergraduate senior or secret society at Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA.

The society was founded when fifteen members of the Yale Class of 1884 choose to abet the creation of The Third Society, later known as Wolf's Head Society, by the Phelps Trust Association in 1883.[1][2] Over 300 alumni with the rising seniors sought to counter the dominance of Skull and Bones in undergraduate and university affairs.[3][4][5] The incorporation defeated the last attempt to abolish undergraduate secret societies at Yale, and continued the tradition of founding a society if enough potential members thought they had been overlooked by the extant groups. Bones was organized in 1832 after a dispute over selections for Phi Beta Kappa awards; likewise, Scroll and Key, the second society at Yale, was organized in 1841 after a dispute over elections to Bones.[6][7]

W.H.S. is recomposed annually of fifteen or sixteen Yale College students. The undergraduate members spend their senior year as a delegation answerable to the graduate body, composed of past members, known as the Phelps Association.
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In 1888 the society changed its name to "Wolf's Head Society", consonant with the approval among undergraduates of the society's pin, a stylized wolf's head on an inverted ankh, an Egyptian hieroglyphic known as the Egyptian Cross or "the key of life". Eternal life is symbolized, rather than death or erudition.[3][28

Richest couple in america 1907:


Geraldine Rockefeller Dodge was born in New York City in 1882.  Child of the Gilded Age, niece of John D. Rockefeller, Sr., she lived during the era when many of America’s great personal fortunes were transformed into modern organized philanthropy.

In 1907, Geraldine married Marcellus Hartley Dodge, and in 1916 they purchased the estate in Madison, New Jersey now known as Giralda Farms.  For decades, she was a great benefactress of Madison and became a local legend as a breeder of purebred dogs and a collector of art.  Beginning in 1927 and continuing for thirty years, she sponsored an annual dog show that became internationally known as the world’s most prestigious.

Tragically, her only son, Hartley Dodge, died in a car crash in France in 1930.  Her legacy since her death in 1973 is the institutions she endowed: St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.



Freaking Remington Arms and lives to 1963 but this is the only photo I can find?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geraldine_Rockefeller_Dodge
Ethel Geraldine Rockefeller Dodge (April 3, 1882 – August 13, 1973) was the youngest child and only daughter of Almira Geraldine Goodsell Rockefeller and William Avery Rockefeller, Jr., the Standard Oil tycoon.
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She married Marcellus Hartley Dodge, Sr., president of The Remington Arms Company and, she brought into the marriage an estimated personal fortune of $101 million. They were married on April 18, 1907 in Manhattan, where both resided, in a quiet ceremony at the residence of the bride's family, following the contemporary customs dictated by a mourning period after the death of the groom's father in February.[2]

Dodge, an heir to the Hartley and Phelps Dodge fortunes, had a fortune estimated at $60 million. At the time of their marriage they were described in social circles as the wealthiest newly-weds in America.

During the early part of their marriage they resided together at Hartley Farms. Eventually, while in New Jersey, they resided on separate, but abutting, country estates (Giralda Farms and Hartley Farms) hers fronting the main route from Madison to Morristown and extending to his that faced south and fronted on Spring Valley Road in New Vernon. A long private path extended for miles from one house to the other with gates at either side of Woodland Road, which defined the southern boundary of her property.

Unfortunately, the historic residence of Geraldine R. Dodge was demolished by the insurance company that bought the estate following her death. She had purchased it in 1923 from Charles W. Harkness, the third largest holder of stock in Standard Oil while she and her husband were assembling properties that adjoined. Mr. Dodge's property extended to the edge of the Great Swamp that is a remnant from the Glacial Lake Passaic. His property has been preserved through a conservation easement and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty: For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole ; He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee. - Job 5

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Re: Chi Psi Fraternity founder Philip Spencer - S&B and The Pirates Own Book
« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2010, 12:55:23 am »
1939 CHI PSI FRATERNITY 98'th Convention at the Bohemian Club






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Re: Chi Psi Fraternity founder Philip Spencer - S&B and The Pirates Own Book
« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2010, 01:15:53 am »
Great find!

Here’s the warning above the Bohemian Club at 624 Taylor in San Francisco – “Weaving Spiders Come Not Here.”

http://sfcitizen.com/blog/2008/05/25/san-franciscos-bohemian-club-weaving-spiders-come-not-here/


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For some reason one of the imageshacks links looks to be dead, here is a repost.


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I'm confused...

How is Spencer related to S&B?

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I'm confused... How is Spencer related to S&B?

Andrew Dickson White one of the Yale's Original Skull and Bones tells us  in his autobiography about Philip Spencer creating a secret society ( Chi Psi )  without once mentioning that he  Andrew Dickson White, went on to Yale and was one of the first member in Skull and Bones.  

So no Spencer was not Skull and Bones but Chi Psi is based on "The Pirates Own Book" and the pirates symbol is the Skull and Bones .

It is interesting to note that most original Skull and Bones Society members were from families that made their wealth from taking over the East India Company "China trade" in opium and african slave trade.



Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty: For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole ; He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee. - Job 5

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Yale = Elihu Yale, so that links up.

Its one of the NWOs top universities

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You left out Cornell which Andrew Dickson White setup and U.C. Berkeley which White also had a hand in. He was asked to set up Stanford but he sent his protege instead (David Starr Jordan ).

Andrew Dickson White set the model for all the NWO universities.

The Stanford album: a photographic history, 1885-1945 By Margo Baumgarten Davis, Roxanne Nilan

Andrew Dickson White - Cornell Protege - David Starr Jordan (President Indiana U.)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Starr_Jordan
 
David Starr Jordan   as a young man (1868) from Days of a ManDavid Starr Jordan, Ph.D., LL.D. (January 19, 1851 – September 19, 1931) was a leading eugenicist, ichthyologist, educator and peace activist. He was president of Indiana University and Stanford University.
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During 1925, Jordan was an expert witness for the defense in the Scopes Trial.[1] That same year, he was a listed member in the Bohemian Club and the University Club in San Francisco.[3]
Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty: For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole ; He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee. - Job 5

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Re: Chi Psi Fraternity founder Philip Spencer - S&B and The Pirates Own Book
« Reply #10 on: January 28, 2011, 03:26:37 pm »
bump - check out: David starr Jordan - First Prez of Stanford U.
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Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty: For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole ; He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee. - Job 5