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Your search for posts with tags containing John Wood found 11 posts

“Impowred to order and require so many days’ work yearly”

Yesterday I mentioned how colonial Boston selectmen’s records periodically include lists of the free black men in the town in connection with, of all things, highway repairs. Here’s more about that.Massachusetts militia laws excluded black...
From: Boston 1775 on 28 Apr 2020

March 8

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? Addition to the South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (March 8, 1768).“They carry on the Taylors Business in all its Branches.” David Maull and John Wood’s...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 8 Mar 2018


What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (February 2, 1768).“They engage to take back every Article from a Customer, that they can make the least reasonable Objection against.”...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 2 Feb 2018

August Martyrs: Three Lancaster Martyrs in 1646

Today is the feast of the Lancaster Martyrs, honoring the last three who suffered in that diocese in 1646: Blesseds Edward Bamber, John Woodcock OFM, and John Whitaker. The Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Thomas More celebrates with Mass, Solemn Vespers,...

A Most Dangerous Rivalry

By James Hawkes The Royal Society is in turmoil as competing factions battle for control. Not only is our hero Hans Sloane’s job on the line, but the very existence of the Royal Society hangs in the balance… No this is not the TV Guide summary...
From: The Sloane Letters Blog on 22 Jan 2015

The Turn of the Cards

You know the scene. Perhaps it’s in a 1930s cop movie, or maybe it’s a 1970s Cold War thriller. In either case, there might well be a moment where a bespectacled drone leads our hero into a huge, dark basement. The lights flicker on, illuminating...
From: Gentlemen and Tarpaulins on 2 Jun 2014

Bishop Hurd finds job for bankrupt bookseller

All fine libraries need a catalogue and the Hurd Library was no exception. It has now been at Hartlebury Castle for 230 years. In January 1783 Bishop Hurd wrote to a friend that it was finished and, what’s more, paid for - leaving him so out of...
From: The Hurd Library on 12 Nov 2013

Timing is Everything

By Matthew De Cloedt Hans Sloane received many gifts from myriad places and numerous people. The two books that Edmund Gibson, the Bishop of Lincoln, sent on 24 July 1722 were different. The titles might not have been noteworthy, or … Continue reading...
From: The Sloane Letters Blog on 12 Aug 2013

Remedies, Surgery and Domestic Medicine

Editors’ note: This post provides a sneak peek of Seth LeJacq’s fascinating article, “The Bounds of Domestic Healing: Medical Recipes, Storytelling and Surgery in Early Modern England“, which recently appeared in the Social History...
From: The Recipes Project on 9 Jun 2013

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Constructing Search Query URLs

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