Captain Lawrence Kortright was a privateer and, later, a captain in the British Army during the American Revolutionary War. He was quite wealthy until the Americans confiscated his fortune, so he probably wasn’t a Yankees fan.
His diminutive, lovely daughter Elizabeth married the tall James Monroe, future 5th American President, making her both First Lady and a British subject. Long before that, though, the American couple lived with the British officer, Captain Kortright. That has to be the making of a comedy-rich sitcom.
James Monroe was responsible for the Monroe Doctrine, the paramount source for American foreign policy.
The doctrine put forward that the New World and the Old World were to remain distinctly separate spheres of influence, for they were composed of entirely separate and independent nations. (Wikipedia)
Thanks for joining me for my first full week of comics! Next Monday: Baby baptism.
Panel 1: Elizabeth Kortright Monroe returns home with her husband, future 5th President James Monroe. Elizabeth: “Father? We’re home.”
Panel 2: Lawrence Kortright stands in front of the lit fireplace in his old privateer uniform sans pants. He says, “Feed the fish, Yankee Doodle.”
Panel 3: Elizabeth: “Dad, this is James, your son-in-law.” Dad: “Nonsense! He’s a rebel and a scallywag!” Elizabeth: “DAD.”
Panel 4: Outside the house, Captain Kortright runs away, shouting, “Weigh anchor and hoist the mizzen, lads!”