Banknote: New Hampshire, April 29, 1780, back
This illustration first appeared on a Continental in 1775. Benjamin Franklin
wrote an interpretation of it in the Pennsylvania Gazette: "The bush I
suppose to mean America, the bleeding hand Britain. Would to God that bleeding
were stopt, the wounds of that hand healed, and its future operations directed
by wisdom and equity; so shall the hawthorn flourish, and form an hedge around
it, annoying with her thorns only its invading enemies."
Credit: New Hampshire, April 29, 1780, back, National Numismatic Collection,
National Museum of American History.