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Justice and (Mis)Fortune in the Wake of Wyatt’s Revolt

Posted by Krista J. Kesselring, 12 July 2021. In July of 2020, federal executions resumed in the United States. Now, a year later, the U.S. Attorney General has mandated a temporary moratorium on the death penalty’s use in federal cases while awaiting...
From: Legal History Miscellany on 12 Jul 2021

June 24

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago this week? “Large quantities of sickles, stamped S. PACHALL, in imitation … of my stamp.” For several months in the spring and summer of 1770, Stephen Paschall ran an...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 24 Jun 2020

Electoral Fraud in Victorian Times

By Stephen Basdeo Prior to 1832 the only people who could vote in General Elections in the United Kingdom were men who owned freehold property that was worth over 40 shillings. On extremely rare occasions women could also cast a vote at national elections...

Milton’s Odyssey: The Revolutionary and Post-Revolutionary Service of Georgia’s John Milton

Georgia’s fragile independence within the new American republic was shattered on December 29, 1778, when British troops attacked Savannah. Despite clear signs that the... The post Milton’s Odyssey: The Revolutionary and Post-Revolutionary...

To commit a fraud… leave your hat off!

August 1750 The breathless but smartly dressed clerk had clearly left the Bank of England in Threadneedle Street in a hurry, not even bothering to stop and put his hat on in his haste, nor to remove the pen which was stuck clumsily in his wig. When, on...
From: All Things Georgian on 9 Jul 2019

The doctors in labour

Print with twelve panels relating to the affair of Mary Toft, “the rabbit breeder”: from top left, she is held aloft by two men and a Harlequin or Merry Andrew, she has a rabbit in either hand; she pursues a rabbit while working in a field;...
From: Recent Antiquarian Acquisitions on 26 Apr 2019

The Dark and Heroic Histories of Georgia’s Signers

Revolutions are complex multi-sided economic, political, social, and technological events. They begin as conservative movements. As each side fears losing, all of these different... The post The Dark and Heroic Histories of Georgia’s Signers appeared...

To the public: Whereas many persons, labouring….

A broadside printing of an 18th century scam, exploiting the helplessness of English debtors before the law. And especially the perennial animus towards the legal profession–“the chicanery of petty-fogging (would-be) attornies, the shameful...
From: Recent Antiquarian Acquisitions on 6 Sep 2018

April 3

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? Supplement to the New-York Journal (April 30, 1768).“Each pot is sealed with his coat of arms, as in the margin of the directions, to prevent fraud.” For quite some...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 30 Apr 2018

Twelfth Night, Or the Five Stages of Trying Not to Sound Like a Douchebag

When I started reading the complete works of Shakespeare this year, I was more eager to write about the plays than read them. Now, almost a year later, a few mere plays and a handful of poems from the end, I am putting off writing to read. The year is...
From: Shakespeare Confidential on 18 Dec 2016

The end of Frances Thompson, a dealer in false banknotes

The case of Frances Thompson, a widow from Beverley, Yorkshire, turns up some useful terms used in the counterfeit business. Leeds Mercury, 17 March 1810 FORGERY. Frances Thompson, of Beverley, was charged with uttering a two pound Bank of England Note,...
From: Naomi Clifford on 23 Apr 2016

The birth of the British pound note and the fate of Sarah Bailey

“’Tis to let the Ghost of Gold Take from Toil a thousandfold More than e’er its substance could In the tyrannies of old. “Paper Coin—that forgery Of the title-deeds which ye Hold to something of the worth Of the inheritance...
From: Naomi Clifford on 10 Apr 2016

Pregnant and condemned: Pleading the belly and the jury of matrons

Six days after her capital conviction for a creative fraud that, had she been successful, would have netted her £500, 22-year-old Ann Hurle was brought back into the Old Bailey courtroom with six others who had been similarly condemned to receive...
From: Naomi Clifford on 11 Mar 2016

Sarah Chandler: The one that got away (1814)

The Cambrian, 26 March 1814 In early 1814, Sarah Chandler, a 35-year-old 1 sheep-farmer’s wife in the tiny hamlet of the Dolley, near Presteigne, Radnorshire, took a pen and made three one-pound banknotes issued by the Kington and Radnorshire...
From: Naomi Clifford on 15 Feb 2016

Mother of 8 Ann Woodman, condemned to death for uttering forged banknotes

She seems afraid to love her baby.” Elizabeth Fry, Quaker, prison reformer and herself the mother of ten children, recognised the distress of Ann Woodman (alias Lawrence). It is not hard to understand why Woodman was “not in the state...
From: Naomi Clifford on 9 Dec 2015

Harriet Skelton – “Chosen for death”

On 17 January 1818, a woman entered George Howard’s confectioners shop at 36 Princes Street in the Soho district of London. She had come to buy cakes and in payment she offered a £1 note. A one pound note issued by the...
From: Naomi Clifford on 20 Nov 2015

The countryman’s guide to London, or, Villainy detected

Title: The countryman’s guide to London, or, Villainy detected : being a clear discovery of all the various tricks and frauds that are daily practiced in that great city. Published: London : Printed for J. Cooke, at the Shakespear’s Head...
From: Recent Antiquarian Acquisitions on 2 Oct 2014

Fakes and Frauds

For those readers living in Britain stories of men and women faking illness or disability in order to receive benefits from  the state welfare system will be familiar, recited in the tabloid newspapers and even on television. These stories often provoke...
From: Early Modern Medicine on 6 Nov 2013

A Recipe for Trouble, or Criminal Chemistry

By Lisa Smith It’s the tenth anniversary of The Proceedings of the Old Bailey, 1674-1913, a wonderful online resource that I frequently use for teaching and research. As one might expect, there is lots of medical history to be found in the court records....
From: The Recipes Project on 13 Apr 2013

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This search feature has a number of purposes:

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Caveats and Work in Progress

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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

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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.