Brother Jonathan

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a humorous designation for the people of the United States collectively. The phrase is said to have originated from Washington's referring to the patriotic Jonathan Trumbull, governor of Connecticut, as "Brother Jonathan."

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What to that apostolic lancer, Brother Jonathan, is Texas but a Fast-Fish?
Tomas, La Union, and his brother Jonathan had just emerged from a cockpit in Barangay Ubagan at around 7 p.
Andrew Mackenzie, his brother Jonathan Mackenzie, plus friends David Fox and Nathan Watson each admitted being knowingly concerned in the fraudulent obtaining of VAT repayments.
But it has just been revealed that Sebastian is her brother Jonathan, which means that she and her brother kissed.
London Olympics gold medal winner Alistair Brownlee (above) is in Hamburg, Germany, to race against his brother Jonathan.
Peter Howes, 53, of Lechlade, Gloucestershire, forged the signatures of his mother Joyce, 81, or elder brother Jonathan, 55, to wind up trust funds before pocketing the contents.
Younger brother Jonathan, 24, held off his Olympic and Commonwealth champion sibling after the pair had taken a 50-second lead into the run section.
Bonfire Night celebrations at Stockton's Riverside on November 5, 1996 Andrew Backhouse, aged seven, of Acklam, is enjoying the sparklers on Bonfire Night in Middlesbrough in 1979 Left - Tiny terrors, left to right, Sara Robson, brother Jonathan and Laura Dale celebrating Halloween at Stockton Library in October 1988 ?
Older brother Jonathan has battled to maKe an impact in the Pirelli National SUPERSTOCK 1000 series and will hope to improve on his 22nd place finish at Silverstone when he competes in Kent.
Younger brother Jonathan and Olympic silver medallist Javier Gomez set out in pursuit and they initially made some inroads into Alistair's lead.
But huge crowds are expected to turn out in London again around the Serpentine to see Alistair and younger brother Jonathan.
He tried to rectify the situation but his brother Jonathan had to go to trial at Pontypridd Magistrates' Court where Harris gave evidence and held his hand up to what happened.