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The city dispute, or, Milk Street in an uproar

A “line and dot” series of caricatures featuring scenes with stick figures (or “pin men”), both male and female, engaged in some form of public violence, arranged in two rows, each grouping individually titled. In the first row the designs are...
From: Recent Antiquarian Acquisitions on 20 Jul 2022

Benjamin Franklin, Fireman

Benjamin Franklin was a man of many talents and titles. He was a printer, writer, scientist, inventor, politician, diplomat, and philosopher, among other things.... The post Benjamin Franklin, Fireman appeared first on Journal of the American Revolution.

Hudibras vanquish’d and protected by Trulla

A copy (cropped) of Hogarth’s fifth plate: Hudibras is sprawled on the ground with Trulla, a large country-woman, astride him fending off angry villagers, including a cobbler and a butcher who are wielding clubs; to the left, Ralpho is flanked by a...
From: Recent Antiquarian Acquisitions on 28 Mar 2022


An old woman, the prude, is standing near a crowd of people huddled around a bonfire in Covent Garden. She is crossing Covent Garden Piazza, disapproving of the amorous scenes outside the notorious Tom King’s Coffee House. The print shows the morning...
From: Recent Antiquarian Acquisitions on 25 Mar 2022

He and his drunken companions raise a riot in Covent Garden

“Plate from a pirated series of Hogarth’s Rake’s Progress, not based on one of the original prints: Covent Garden with St Paul’s church and the buildings at the north-western corner of the piazza; the Rake (here called Ramble) and drunken friends...
From: Recent Antiquarian Acquisitions on 18 Mar 2022

Digging into the Three Cranes Tavern in Charlestown

I was intrigued by the Massachusetts Historical Council’s webpage for the archeological site of the Three Cranes Tavern in Charlestown.As the page explains, Charlestown was settled in 1629, the year before Boston, and that site was originally the...
From: Boston 1775 on 15 Jan 2021

The Long History of the Faneuil Hall Name

Boston’s Faneuil Hall is different from most other landmarks and monuments bearing slaveholders’ names because in most cases those sites arose from a later generation choosing to honor a person.Sometimes that act is meant to elevate a local...
From: Boston 1775 on 7 Sep 2020

Dueling in France. 17th Century.

Market vendors go about their business while two duelers fight, exhorted by their seconds, on the Pont Neuf in Paris. Detail from an anonymous 17th-century painting. Musée Carnavalet, Paris. ON MAY 12, 1627, at about two o'clock in the afternoon,...
From: A Woodsrunner's Diary on 21 Aug 2020

Superheroes of the American Revolution

Every nation has an origin story. In the popular imagination, the American Revolutionary War has been a tale of heroes who were forged in... The post Superheroes of the American Revolution appeared first on Journal of the American Revolution.

How “the House was consumed” in 1747

On the morning of 9 Dec 1747, as I described yesterday, Bostonians discovered that their Town House was on fire.In that month the brick building in the center of town was hosting a session of the Massachusetts General Court.According to a legislative...
From: Boston 1775 on 9 Jun 2020

“The publick Damage sustain’d by this sad Disaster”

The 10 Dec 1747 Boston News-Letter reported:Yesterday Morning between 6 & 7 o’ Clock were were exceedingly surprized by a most terrible Fire which broke out at the Court-House in this Town, whereby that spacious and beautiful Building, except...
From: Boston 1775 on 8 Jun 2020

Fire Buckets and the Fenno Family

The Skinner auctioneers blog offers Christopher D. Fox’s detailed discussion of firefighting and leather fire buckets in Boston. In particular, Fox profiles one maker of those buckets:While there were certainly a number of merchants in Boston from...
From: Boston 1775 on 12 May 2020

The Fighting Parson’s Farewell Sermon

The history of the American Revolution is rife with heroic tales and amazing myths of patriotic American heroes that offer inspiring and entertaining stories.... The post The Fighting Parson’s Farewell Sermon appeared first on Journal of the American...

“Not to trust the said boy out of his sight”

After young Charles Bourgate accused both his master, Edward Manwaring, and his master’s alibi witness, John Munro, of participating in the Boston Massacre, as I related here, Manwaring summoned “a third person who happened to be that Evening...
From: Boston 1775 on 16 Mar 2020

Ships, Fire, and Boston’s George Mason

In January 1770, as I mentioned back here, two sea captains were in Boston from Glasgow, trying to commission four new ships.But because of the non-importation boycott against the Townshend duties, Boston’s business community wouldn’t let...
From: Boston 1775 on 29 Jan 2020

Raid on Isaac Hatfield’s House

As I described yesterday, in January 1780 Capts. Samuel Lockwood and Samuel Keeler of the Connecticut militia attacked the home of Isaac Hatfield, Jr., in Morrisania, New York. Hatfield (1748-1822) had been born in America to a substantial farming family...
From: Boston 1775 on 19 Jan 2020

“Where BOSTONIA lifts her spires”

It’s a Boston 1775 tradition to share a “carrier verse” at the turn of the year. Traditionally those were poems written and printed by newspaper apprentices as a way to cadge tips from their customers. Often those apprentices commented...
From: Boston 1775 on 1 Jan 2020

A Plea for Relief after the Great Fire of 1794

The State Library of Massachusetts is spotlighting, both on the web and at the State House, a broadside from 1794. Its blog posting explains:This month, we’re displaying a broadside that was distributed as an “Appeal from Boston for Aid after...
From: Boston 1775 on 13 Aug 2019

A New Tavern Opened in Brunswick Town

Archeologists from East Carolina University announced that they are exploring the site of an eighteenth-century tavern in Brunswick Town, North Carolina, once capital of that colony. The building was located by a student using ground-penetrating radar....
From: Boston 1775 on 7 Jul 2019

Les sérails de Londres

Uniform Title: [Nocturnal revels. French] Title: Les sérails de Londres, ou, Les amusemens nocturnes, contenant les scènes qui y sont journellement représentées, les portraits et la description des courtisannes les plus célèbres,...
From: Recent Antiquarian Acquisitions on 17 Jun 2019

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