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Jane Austen and Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary

What dictionary might Jane Austen have consulted? And how did Samuel Johnson undertake the monumental task of putting together a dictionary of the whole English language?
From: Jane Austen's World on 25 Jan 2021

Peter Faneuil’s Disability and What It Might Mean

In my recent discussion of Peter Faneuil and the meeting hall still named after him, I referred to him as disabled. That produced some questions. So here’s more on what Faneuil’s contemporaries wrote about his body. On 3 Mar 1743, Benjamin...
From: Boston 1775 on 13 Sep 2020

“Tom Gage’s Proclamation” Parodied

The Readex newspaper database I use offers this page from the 28 June 1775 issue of the Pennsylvania Journal and Weekly Advertiser.In fact, it offers two images of this page, apparently identical.Obviously, someone clipped an item out of the copy of that...
From: Boston 1775 on 28 Jun 2020

“The Committee reserve all the printed Copies”

On Monday, 26 Mar 1770, 250 years ago today, the inhabitants of Boston once again gathered in Faneuil Hall for a town meeting. Technically, this was a continuation of the meeting they had adjourned the week before.To discourage various sorts of bad behavior,...
From: Boston 1775 on 26 Mar 2020

“A grand funeral” for Christopher Seider

Young Christopher Seider was shot and killed on Thursday, 22 Feb 1770. His funeral was held the following Monday, 26 February—250 years ago today.Monday was also when the Whig newspapers published, so they ran their detailed, almost incendiary accounts...
From: Boston 1775 on 26 Feb 2020

Vampire Reports in Colonial American Newspapers

The March 1732 issue of The Gentleman’s Magazine in London carried this news in its Foreign Advices section: “From Medreyga in Hungary, That certain dead Bodies called Vampyres, had kill’d several Persons by sucking out all their Blood.”...
From: Boston 1775 on 4 Jan 2020

An Amazing Woman of the Georgian Era: Mrs Rachel Charlotte Williams Biggs

In the eighteenth-century women were largely viewed as subservient, a commodity, a man’s possession, much like their house or dog. An object for men to do with as they saw fit, including – in extreme cases – beating or raping if they...
From: All Things Georgian on 28 Nov 2019

Bribery: “seldom, and not properly, used in a good sense”

With bribery in the news, Boston 1775 reader Byron DeLear asked about how the Framers of the U.S. Constitution understood the term.The U.S. Constitution provides:The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed...
From: Boston 1775 on 22 Nov 2019

“The unsubstantial fabric of visionary politicians”

Given that John Quincy Adams’s first comment on the idea of a hollow Earth was decidedly skeptical and negative, how did modern writers come to believe he supported the theory as President?I think one key may lie in how Adams referred to the theory...
From: Boston 1775 on 21 Jul 2019

More Linguistic Analysis of the Second Amendment

In June I discussed one scholar’s recent conclusions about how people of the Founding Era used the phrase “bear arms.” On the Panorama blog Alison L. LaCroix just shared her own findings in an essay headed “Historical Semantics...
From: Boston 1775 on 13 Aug 2018

10 books that influenced me most in my life? Johnson & Boswell’s Journey to the Hebrides

‘How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book?’ [Thoreau, Walden Pond] — And how many more a woman? This is the edition I’ve read this book in so many times …. To know what you prefer, instead...
From: Ellen And Jim Have A Blog, Two on 22 Jul 2018

Seventeenth-Century Women of Color and the First Biography of an African Woman

In this guest blog post, Wendy Laura Belcher offers a brief introduction to Walatta Petros, an early modern African woman.  by Wendy Laura Belcher Walatta Petros in a vision. Photo by Claire Bosc-Tiesse, 1997. MS D, f. 132v (130v).Wälättä...

A Plagiarized Puzzle

On N.P.R. Weekend Edition yesterday, Will Shortz announced this as the puzzle for the week:The University Press of New England has just published a book by Boston College professor Paul Lewis, called The Citizen Poets of Boston: A Collection of Forgotten...
From: Boston 1775 on 28 Mar 2016

Lectures: not dead, just resting

A recent article, “Why lectures are dead (or soon will be),” makes a reasonable argument despite its alarming title. Tony Bates starts with the roots of the lecture in classical oral traditions and the medieval universities. And today, “[t]he...
From: Michael Ullyot on 18 Nov 2015

Shakespeare and the London critics

Stained glass window of Johnson, at his house in London There is still time to visit the exhibition at Dr Johnson’s house in London on Shakespeare in the 18th Century before it closes on 28 November. Although it’s primarily about Johnson’s...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 18 Nov 2015

And did those feet...

Hartlebury had a distinguished, though reluctant, visitor in 1774 - Dr Johnson.In company with the...
From: The Hurd Library on 22 Sep 2015

Suiting the word to the action: Dr Johnson and unsuitable language

Joshua Reynolds’ painting of Samuel Johnson, at the National Portrait Gallery You don’t have to look very far into Shakespeare’s works to find archaic words, or words difficult for us to understand. As well as coining new words, he...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 19 Sep 2015

CONFERENCE REPORT: ‘Scandal and sociability: New perspectives on the Burney family’.

On September 1st, Cardiff University hosted the international symposium, ‘Scandal and Sociability: New Perspectives on the Burney Family’. Organizing this event was a high point of my first year in post at Cardiff. For years, I’ve been...
From: CRECS// on 12 Sep 2015

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