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The Town Meeting and the “Carrier of the Dispatches”

On Thursday, 22 Mar 1770, 250 years ago today, Boston began a new town meeting. It had been only three days since the end of the last meeting, which had spread over several days as inhabitants chose men for town offices and discussed how to respond to...
From: Boston 1775 on 22 Mar 2020

March 4

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago this week? “MAREDAUNT’s DROPS, May be had at the Book Store.” The colophon on the final page of the Pennsylvania Journal stated that the newspapers was “Printed...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 4 Mar 2020

“Too late to see your Friend Otis have a good Drubbing”

One of the more evocatively named citizens of Revolutionary Boston was a sea captain named Mungo Mackay (1740-1811).According to family tradition, Mackay came from the Orkney Islands to Boston as a teen-aged cabin boy. He married Ruth Coney in 1764 and...
From: Boston 1775 on 19 Oct 2019

Moving into a Harvard Dormitory in 1785

At this time of year young people are settling in at college, including my godson at Cambridge. So I’m looking at the process of entering college in 1785.Fifteen-year-old Charles Adams started at Harvard College that year. His parents, Abigail and...
From: Boston 1775 on 28 Aug 2019

May 18

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? New-York Journal (May 18, 1769). “SUBSCRIPTIONS for the American General Magazine, or General Repository.” By the late 1760s, American booksellers had long imported...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 18 May 2019

February 16

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? Pennsylvania Journal (February 16, 1769). “Their love of liberty … will induce them to give their assistance in supporting the interest of their country.” On...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 16 Feb 2019


What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago this week? Pennsylvania Journal (November 17, 1768).“Will be presented, a Comedy called the JEALOUS WIFE.” Resorting to creative typography, the compositor for the Pennsylvania...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 20 Nov 2018

March 13

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago this week? Supplement to the Pennsylvania Journal (March 10, 1768).“Tea pots and sugar-pots … Slop-bowls.” Cornelius Bradford, a pewterer, operated a shop “At...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 13 Mar 2018

August 28

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? New-Hampshire Gazette (August 28, 1767).“Has lately opened an Evening School, for young Masters and Apprentices. Schoolmaster Ebenezer Bradford emphasized efficiency and convenience...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 28 Aug 2017

Abigail Adams at a Birthday Ball in Boston

In February 1797, the U.S. of A. made plans to celebrate George Washington’s last birthday as President. Some parts of the country were also eager to celebrate the new President who would take office in March, John Adams.On 17 February, Abigail...
From: Boston 1775 on 21 Oct 2016

Charles Spackman

Charles Spackman (1791—1842) was a Dyer in the cloth-making town of Bradford-on-Avon in Wiltshire.  He had married Augusta Sophia Timbrell of the extensive and prominent local Timbrell family, and had as partner a Charles Timbrell; the company...
From: Kirby and his world on 2 Jul 2016

Lanterns, Laws, and Legend

As I quoted back here, on 1 Nov 1769 Boston town clerk William Cooper wrote out instructions on behalf of the selectmen to Thomas Bradford, temporarily promoted to Constable of the South Watch. Among other things, the letter told Bradford:You are to take...
From: Boston 1775 on 14 Mar 2016

Daniel George, Teen-Aged Almanac Maker

Daniel George was born in Haverhill, Massachusetts, on 16 Dec 1757, son of David and Anne (Cottle) George. He was the second boy named Daniel born to that couple, indicating that the first had died young. He had both older and younger siblings of both...
From: Boston 1775 on 1 Jul 2015

5 Ways to Teach Shakespeare’s Sonnets

By Folger Education   In February, when the Folger launched its exciting new website, we posted our first set of revamped teaching modules, which include assessment ideas, writing prompts and technology tools (where appropriate), and connections...
From: Folger Shakespeare Library on 23 Jun 2015

The Tombstone Edition: Pennsylvania Journal, October 31, 1765

One of the most famous and recognizable eighteenth-century newspapers is the October 31, 1765 issue of the Pennsylvania Journal, also known as the “tombstone edition.” With the hated Stamp Act set to take effect in the British North American...

President Washington in Sickness and in Lexington

Having spent many autumn days outdoors meeting lots of American citizens, on 26 Oct 1789 President George Washington…got sick. He wrote in his diary:The day being Rainy & Stormy—myself much disordered by a Cold and inflamation in the left eye,...
From: Boston 1775 on 16 Jan 2015

“Behaving with discretion & Calmness”

On 1 Nov 1769, Boston’s selectmen appointed Thomas Bradford a temporary Constable of the Watch for the south part of town.On their authority, town clerk William Cooper issued Bradford these instructions:1st. That you with the Watchmen under you attend...
From: Boston 1775 on 25 Nov 2014

Rhode Island’s First Major General

A few days back, I quoted Samuel Ward’s December 1774 letter describing how Rhode Island was putting itself on a footing for war by, among other things, appointing the first major-general in the colony’s history. That was not Nathanael Greene, who...
From: Boston 1775 on 20 Dec 2013

My Adventure Finding a Lost Newspaper

While curating the collection of American Revolution newspapers featured in Reporting the Revolutionary War, I stumbled upon a rare 18th century American newspaper loaded with mystery and intrigue. Most newspapers of the era are well documented and catalogued...

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.