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Robert Fulton’s Submarine Struggles

Here’s another submarine design from the eighteenth century, this one from the artist and inventor Robert Fulton. Fulton was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in 1765, and moved to Philadelphia at the end of the Revolutionary War, establishing himself...
From: Boston 1775 on 4 Feb 2020


What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “WEST’s ALMANACKS … To be sold by the Printer hereof.” In late January 1770, John Carter, publisher of both the Providence Gazette and Benjamin West’s...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 20 Jan 2020

November 25

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “AN ACCOUNT OF THE OBSERVATION OF VENUS Upon the SUN.” Many colonists in Rhode Island and the surrounding provinces likely recognized the name Benjamin West. In 1762,...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 25 Nov 2019

February 6

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? Providence Gazette (February 6, 1768).“JUST PUBLISHED … THE NEW-ENGLAND ALMANACK.” Despite the headline, Benjamin West’s “NEW-ENGLAND ALMANACK, OR...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 6 Feb 2018

The Tragedy of André

Speaking of William Dunlap’s tragedy André, my friend John W. Kennedy has created an online text of that play by transcribing the 1798 edition and annotating it. You can find it all here.Kennedy writes:William Dunlap (1766–1839) dominated...
From: Boston 1775 on 2 Apr 2017

Roundtable: New York’s Original Fashion Industry

This Colonial Couture post is by guest contributor William Howard Carter, assistant professor of history at The College of New Jersey. He is currently revising his book manuscript, “The Hideous and the Beautiful: The Power of Bodily Decorations...
From: The Junto on 10 Feb 2017

December 6

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? Providence Gazette (December 6, 1766).“This Almanack is embellished with the above Cut of the Four Seasons of the Year.” In colonial America, December was the time for...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 6 Dec 2016

Panel on Washington in Roxbury, 24 Oct.

On 3 May 1797, Rufus King, then in London the U.S. minister to Great Britain, wrote this in his diary:Mr. [Benjamin] West called on me—we entered into politics after speaking of the Dinner at the Royal Academy and of the annual exhibition; Mr. West...
From: Boston 1775 on 20 Oct 2015

Filling in the Hole in West’s Painting

Yesterday I showed an image of Benjamin West’s painting of the American diplomats who went to Paris to negotiate the end of the War for Independence.As shown above, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and John Jay signed the treaty of peace with Great Britain....
From: Boston 1775 on 28 Mar 2015

Hartley and Franklin, Reunited in Paris

I’ve been writing about the on-again, off-again correspondence of Benjamin Franklin and David Hartley, British scientist and Member of Parliament. Their relationship actually turned out to be a factor in the end of the war.After London received news...
From: Boston 1775 on 27 Mar 2015

Kirby and the Carthaginians

In the hierarchy of art as understood in the 18th century, at the pinnacle was history painting. From the 1740s to 1760s, English portraiture developed rapidly and became popular, however, those who could afford history painting (which tended to be large)...
From: Kirby and his world on 6 Feb 2013

New England Historical Association conference, 13 Oct.

The New England Historical Association’s fall conference will take place this Saturday, 13 October, at Merrimack College in North Andover.I won’t be able to attend this year, but some of the papers on the program caught my eye:Thomas Goldscheider,...
From: Boston 1775 on 9 Oct 2012

Notes on Post Tags Search

By default, this searches for any categories containing your search term: eg, Tudor will also find Tudors, Tudor History, etc. Check the 'exact' box to restrict searching to categories exactly matching your search. All searches are case-insensitive.

This is a search for tags/categories assigned to blog posts by their authors. The terminology used for post tags varies across different blog platforms, but WordPress tags and categories, Blogspot labels, and Tumblr tags are all included.

This search feature has a number of purposes:

1. to give site users improved access to the content EMC has been aggregating since August 2012, so they can look for bloggers posting on topics they're interested in, explore what's happening in the early modern blogosphere, and so on.

2. to facilitate and encourage the proactive use of post categories/tags by groups of bloggers with shared interests. All searches can be bookmarked for reference, making it possible to create useful resources of blogging about specific news, topics, conferences, etc, in a similar fashion to Twitter hashtags. Bloggers could agree on a shared tag for posts, or an event organiser could announce one in advance, as is often done with Twitter hashtags.

Caveats and Work in Progress

This does not search post content, and it will not find any informal keywords/hashtags within the body of posts.

If EMC doesn't find any <category> tags for a post in the RSS feed it is classified as uncategorized. These and any <category> 'uncategorized' from the feed are omitted from search results. (It should always be borne in mind that some bloggers never use any kind of category or tag at all.)

This will not be a 'real time' search, although EMC updates content every few hours so it's never very far behind events.

The search is at present quite basic and limited. I plan to add a number of more sophisticated features in the future including the ability to filter by blog tags and by dates. I may also introduce RSS feeds for search queries at some point.

Constructing Search Query URLs

If you'd like to use an event tag, it's possible to work out in advance what the URL will be, without needing to visit EMC and run the search manually (though you might be advised to check it works!). But you'll need to use URL encoding as appropriate for any spaces or punctuation in the tag (so it might be a good idea to avoid them).

This is the basic structure:{search term or phrase}

For example, the URL for a simple search for categories containing London:

The URL for a search for the exact category Gunpowder Plot:

In this more complex URL, %20 is the URL encoding for a space between words and &exact=on adds the exact category requirement.

I'll do my best to ensure that the basic URL construction (searchcat?s=...) is stable and persistent as long as the site is around.