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1648 The Cambridge Platform - Government by the People (Well, by the Men)

The “Agreement between the Settlers at New Plymouth” (the Mayflower Compact), November 11, 1620, is the oldest political covenant in the New World. It is considered a covenant because it invokes God as witness to the agreement. The Salem Covenant...
From: 17th-century American Women on 1 Jan 2019

No point in legalizing weed for recreational use

By Adam Ramos Adam Ramos delves into the recent past to see if the promised benefits from legalizing marijuana for recreational use in some parts of the United States have been realized. Marijuana has never been a controversy in the United States until...

The Road to The American Constitution - Fundamental Agreement of the Settlers at Exeter in New Hampshire, 1639

The Reverend John WheelwrightTHE SETTLEMENT OF EXETERby Barbara Rimkunas January 18, 2013. Exeter News-LetterThe earliest years of Exeter’s existence as a town must have been difficult. The Reverend John Wheelwright arrived here in March of 1638...
From: 17th-century American Women on 3 Dec 2018

“Whether we are or are not a proper garrison town”

It’s time for another peek into the Boston Whigs’ complaints about soldiers being stationed in their town. Here’s the entry from their “Journal of Occurrences” dated 30 Nov 1768, or 250 years ago today.An honourable gentleman...
From: Boston 1775 on 30 Nov 2018

The Road to The American Constitution - 1620 Mayflower Compact

Detail Signing the Mayflower Compact 1620 by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris 1899Mayflower Compact : 1620Agreement Between the Settlers at New Plymouth : 1620The Mayflower Compact was the first governing document of Plymouth Colony. It was written by the...
From: 17th-century American Women on 27 Nov 2018

“Went so far as to wound some officers with their Watch Crooks”

Yesterday I quoted the Boston Whigs’ side of some early confrontations between British army officers and the town watch. There were, of course, two sides to such stories. I haven’t found officers’ accounts of such conflicts from the...
From: Boston 1775 on 26 Nov 2018

Officers versus Watchmen in the Streets of Boston

I’ve remarked a few times on how Boston’s town watchmen and the British army officers sent to the town in the fall of 1768 got into arguments and fights.Those conflicts were about different forms of government authority, and they were about...
From: Boston 1775 on 25 Nov 2018

Magna Carta 1215 Gives Rules for the Treatment of Women

Magna Carta 1215Magna Carta ("(the) Great Charter"), is a charter agreed to by King John of England at Runnymede, near Windsor, on 15 June 1215. First drafted by the Archbishop of Canterbury to make...
From: 17th-century American Women on 25 Nov 2018


By Stephen Basdeo Since the Victorian era, even though they lack a formal written constitution, the English people have always enjoyed a high degree of freedom of speech and political freedom. In the early nineteenth century, many journalists and publishers...

“The town was altogether under the government & controul of the military power”

One of the things that Bostonians found most irritating about the British army regiments who arrived in the fall of 1768 was how they posted armed guards around town.There were sentries at the gate on the narrow Neck to the mainland. There were sentries...
From: Boston 1775 on 17 Nov 2018

Giving Dickinson His Due

Back in 2012 I compared the number of books lately published about Thomas Paine, supposedly a neglected Founder, with the much smaller number published about John Dickinson. That will probably change after the John Dickinson Writings Project starts to...
From: Boston 1775 on 15 Nov 2018

The Execution of Richard Eames

As described yesterday, on 22 Oct 1768 a general court martial in Boston convicted Pvt. Richard Eames of the 14th Regiment of desertion. A week later, the court sentenced the soldier to death.“Some of the first ladies among us presented a petition...
From: Boston 1775 on 14 Nov 2018

Tracking Down Pvt. Richard Eames

As soon as the British regiments arrived in Boston, soldiers began to desert. Don Hagist of British Soldiers, American Revolution has found that desertions went up just before and after a move—perhaps because of higher discontent, perhaps because...
From: Boston 1775 on 13 Nov 2018

“Woe unto those who know not how to syllabificate”: The Languages of Medieval Law

Posted by Sara M. Butler, 9 November 2018. When John of Salisbury (ca. 1115-1180) decried the dishonesty of lawyers in his Policraticus, he targeted the incomprehensibility of their legalese, complaining that “they snare simple men in nets of impenetrable...
From: Legal History Miscellany on 9 Nov 2018

“The stench occasioned by the troops in the Representatives Chamber”

Even after His Majesty’s 14th Regiment of Foot moved out of Faneuil Hall, owned by the town of Boston, some troops remained in the Town House, which had become provincial property.That building is now known as the Old State House. Its interior is...
From: Boston 1775 on 8 Nov 2018

“No appointment of this sort could have been more unpopular”

As described last week, on 26 Oct 1768 Gov. Francis Bernard told his Council that the royal army had started renting buildings around the center of Boston to convert into barracks.That news couldn’t have come as a surprise to the Boston Whigs. Three...
From: Boston 1775 on 7 Nov 2018

The Mystery of “William Benson a Negro Man”

On 6 Nov 1775, the Boston Gazette, then being published in Watertown, ran this announcement from the keeper of the jail at Cambridge:Cambridge, October 20, 1775.BROKE out of the Goal in Cambridge, the following Prisoners, Thomas Smith, and William Benson...
From: Boston 1775 on 6 Nov 2018

The Legacy of Francis Lewis

I’ve written a couple of times about Deborah Lewis, a child born to John and Thankful (Crowell) Lewis of Yarmouth in 1730. The family soon moved to Tisbury on Martha’s Vineyard.In the summer of 1764, still living on the island, Lewis made...
From: Boston 1775 on 3 Nov 2018

Safe keeping of Firearms when Travelling.

FIREARMS ACT 1996 - SECT 126Safekeeping of firearms and cartridge ammunition while being carried or used(1) A person who is carrying or using a category A or B longarm must—(a) ensure that the firearm is carried and used in a manner that is secure...
From: A Woodsrunner's Diary on 2 Nov 2018

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.