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18th Century Blacksmithing.

https://www.gutenberg.org/files/58318/58318-h/58318-h.htm
From: A Woodsrunner's Diary on 21 May 2020

“A certain Number to be employed in cleaning the Streets”

My curiosity about how colonial Boston periodically coerced free black men into mending town highways began years ago when I came across an item in the New-England Chronicle and Essex Gazette printed on 24 Aug 1775.[That issue covered 17-24 August...
From: Boston 1775 on 30 Apr 2020

WFH 2: Tradesmen and Tools for Working from Home, Chapter 1

For this second instalment of ‘Working from Home’ in early modern England, I’m going to take a look at some of the tools and materials urban individuals used as part of their trade in two posts. The first looks at the wider uses of tools...
From: Middling Culture on 21 Apr 2020

“As plenty in King-street as the paving stones”

On 14 March 1770, 250 years ago today, Josiah Collings went to magistrate Edmund Quincy to swear to this deposition, which he then had published in the 26 March Boston Gazette:To the Inhabitants of the Town of BOSTON,WHEREAS by some evil minded person...
From: Boston 1775 on 14 Mar 2020

February 4

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago this week? “The Smith’s Shop is carried on … with the same Care and Dispatch as was in her Husband’s Lifetime.” When Thomas Williams, a blacksmith in Prince...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 4 Feb 2020

The Riot against the Neck Guard

I have still more to share about the Otis-Robinson brawl, but sestercentennial anniversaries are catching up, so I’ll have to get back to that story. That fight was just the start of an uptick of violence in the fall of 1769. The next confrontation...
From: Boston 1775 on 27 Oct 2019

“Battle of Daniels Farm” in Blackstone, 5-6 Oct.

This weekend, 5-6 October, there will be a Revolutionary War encampment and battle reenactment at the Daniels Farmstead in Blackstone (originally part of Mendon), Massachusetts. This event won’t recreate an actual battle. In fact, the scenario is...
From: Boston 1775 on 3 Oct 2019

Tools Made from Rasps or Files

Tools Historic Maritime I (1607-1676): The First Colonial Dominion The Davistown Museum - Tools Made from Rasps or Files 31-Jul-14 Blacksmiths re-use worn or damaged files and rasps by making them into something else. All the tools listed here are also...
From: A Woodsrunner's Diary on 9 Sep 2019

Looking at “Leslie’s Retreat”

Today Salem commemorates “Leslie’s Retreat” on 26 Feb 1775, so I’m highlighting Donna Seger’s Streets of Salem posting about that event. She explores three points, to which I’ll add my thoughts.“How many damn...
From: Boston 1775 on 24 Feb 2019

October 25

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (October 25, 1768).“WILLIAM JOHNSON, Late of the Co-partnership of TEBOUT & JOHNSON.” To inform residents of Charleston...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 25 Oct 2018

April 16

GUEST CURATOR:  Kurt Falter What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? Providence Gazette (April 16, 1768).“To be SOLD … tea kettles, skillets, spiders, &c.” This advertisement probably seems...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 16 Apr 2018

February 9

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (February 9, 1768).“Greatful thanks for the encouragement he has had for eighteen years past in Charles-Town.” Experience...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 9 Feb 2018

Ross Wyman, Chairman of the Blacksmiths’ Convention

Since I’ll be speaking in Shrewsbury tomorrow evening, I’m sharing some material from Andrew H. Ward’s 1847 History of the Town of Shrewsbury.September 1774 was crucial to the transition away from royal rule in Massachusetts. That was...
From: Boston 1775 on 30 Jan 2018

How Peter Slater Snuck Out to the Tea Party

Here’s another early insider’s account of the Boston Tea Party—made public only fifty-eight years after the event. This account appeared in the obituary for Peter Slater, who died in Worcester in 1831. It was first published in...
From: Boston 1775 on 17 Dec 2017

December 5

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? Providence Gazette (December 5, 1767).“All performed in the neatest and best manner.” Blacksmiths Amos Atwell and Jonathan Ellis inserted an advertisement in the December...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 5 Dec 2017

Wheels and What They’re Worth

Elisabeth Meier of the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture just wrote on learning about the art and mystery of the wheelwright at Colonial Williamsburg:I’d already been passed by several carriages in Williamsburg, and each time, I’d...
From: Boston 1775 on 7 Jun 2017

Making the “Salem Connection,” 7 Apr.

On Friday, 7 April, I’ll speak at the Salem Athenaeum about “The Salem Connection: A Crucial Part of Massachusetts’s Secret Drive to Collect Artillery Before the Revolutionary War.” This event is part of Salem’s commemoration...
From: Boston 1775 on 4 Apr 2017

A Whitehouse Briefing

Last week I wrote about Pvt. Joseph Whitehouse and his bride Jane Crothers, who each testified to events on the night of the Boston Massacre. (She more reliably than he, I believe.) Don Hagist, author of British Soldiers, American War and The Revolution’s...
From: Boston 1775 on 9 Mar 2017

“Retreat and Resistance” in Salem, 26 Feb.

On Sunday, 26 February, Salem will have a “fun and informal reenactment” of the confrontation between Patriots and redcoats across the town’s North River on that date in 1775. Lt. Col. Alexander Leslie had orders to lead his men from...
From: Boston 1775 on 23 Feb 2017

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