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“A good amount of the Franklin Papers”

For anyone who cares about preserving the papers of important Founders, Valerie-Anne Lutz recounted quite a heart-stopping adventure for the American Philosophical Society in January.Lutz wrote about Benjamin Franklin’s surviving papers:When Franklin...
From: Boston 1775 on 21 Mar 2021

“The First BIBLE ever printed in America”?

As I quoted yesterday, Isaiah Thomas grew up as an apprentice printer hearing stories about how his master, Zechariah Fowle, had helped to secretly print a New Testament in the late 1740s. Thomas also heard about a complete Bible completed by another...
From: Boston 1775 on 8 Feb 2021

Tapping into Revolutionary Networks

At the Junto blog, Jordan E. Taylor interviewed Framingham State professor Joseph Adelman about his new book, Revolutionary Networks: The Business and Politics of Printing the News, 1763–1789. Many books have studied the political printing of the...
From: Boston 1775 on 6 Sep 2019

July 9

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago this week? New-York Journal (July 6, 1769). “Ready Money, for clean Linen RAGS.” By the first week of July in 1769, John Keating’s advertisement for the “NEW-YORK...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 9 Jul 2019


GUEST CURATOR: Patrick Waters What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? Essex Gazette (May 2, 1769). “CASH is given for clean Linen Rags, coarse and fine.” This was a common advertisement seen in newspapers...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 2 May 2019

Settling James Jackson’s Estate

The last installment of The Saga of the Brazen Head ended on 12 Sept 1735 with James Jackson drowning on a trip home from Maine. He left his wife Mary with two sons under the age of five. James left no will, so on 25 September a probate judge appointed...
From: Boston 1775 on 3 Jan 2019

Richard Fry’s Greatest Scheme

Before going on with The Saga of the Brazen Head, I’ll zip through what happened with Richard Fry.Under his contract for the paper mill with Samuel Waldo and Thomas Westbrook, Fry had to pay £64 a year. But making paper on the Maine frontier...
From: Boston 1775 on 31 Dec 2018

“Brown Paper made at Mr. Fry’s Mill”

In 1734 Richard Fry finally set about making paper at the mill built for him in Stroudwater outside Falmouth (now Portland), Maine, by real-estate developers Samuel Waldo and Thomas Westbrook. Fry sublet some of that facility to another English papermaker...
From: Boston 1775 on 29 Dec 2018

“Richard Fry, Stationer, Bookseller, Paper-maker, and Rag Merchant”

In September 1728 the Massachusetts General Court promoted local paper manufacturing by granting a ten-year patent to a group of investors that included Daniel Henchman, Benjamin Faneuil, and Thomas Hancock. Those partners built a mill in Milton and delivered...
From: Boston 1775 on 28 Dec 2018

“Next Door to Brazen Head”

Yesterday I related how the brazier James Jackson came to Boston from London and by December 1734 opened a shop called the Brazen Head, after its brass-covered sign.That November, Benjamin Franklin directed a letter “To Mr. Henry Price At the...
From: Boston 1775 on 27 Dec 2018

Talks to Take in about the Townshend Tariffs

This month’s Lowell Lecture Series at the Old South Meeting House, presented by the Paul Revere Memorial Association, focuses on how the new duties of 1767 roiled the British Empire. The series is titled “Lead, Glass, Paper, & Tea: The...
From: Boston 1775 on 4 Sep 2018


What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? New-London Gazette (January 22, 1768).“CLEAN LINEN RAGS.” Christopher Leffingwell used his advertisement in the January 22, 1768, edition of the New-London Gazette to...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 22 Jan 2018

Boston’s Urgent Town Meeting 250 Years Ago

On 28 Oct 1767, two hundred fifty years ago today, Boston held a special town meeting in Faneuil Hall to discuss an urgent threat. As stated in a broadside issued after the meeting:the excessive Use of foreign Superfluities is the chief Cause of...
From: Boston 1775 on 28 Oct 2017

March 6

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? New-Hampshire Gazette (March 6, 1767).“CASH will be given for any Quantity of Linnen, Cotton, or Sail Cloth RAGS.” Printers regularly issued calls for rags in their...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 6 Mar 2017

August 1

What was advertised in a colonial newspaper 250 years ago this week? Providence Gazette (August 9, 1766).“READY MONEY given for Line Rags of any Sort, old Sail Cloth and Junk.” Printers regularly inserted calls for rags (intended to be used...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 10 Aug 2016

“All the stamped paper for the Gazette was used”

Here’s another story that the respected master printer Isaiah Thomas told about his misadventures as a sixteen-year-old in Nova Scotia in 1765. Back in Boston, the anti-Stamp Act demonstration and riot of 14 August ensured that no official was willing...
From: Boston 1775 on 11 Jun 2016

The Stamp Act Meets the Bottom Line

On 18 March 1766, Parliament repealed the Stamp Act for its American colonies. That was one week short of the law’s first anniversary.Of course, the Stamp Act had already failed. How badly? Alvin Rabushka’s Taxation in Colonial America has...
From: Boston 1775 on 18 Mar 2016

Two Gentlemen Who Couldn’t Possibly Take Charge of Connecticut’s Stamped Paper

When the British government instituted the Stamp Act for North America, one of the first steps was to buy a lot of paper. With the tax added, that paper was budgeted to bring in over £100,000 from the thirteen colonies that became the U.S. of A....
From: Boston 1775 on 16 Nov 2015

From Paper to Pixels

John Fea’s blog alerted me to an excerpt from Nicholas A. Basbanes’s On Paper: The Everything of Its Two-Thousand-Year History describing a visit to the Massachusetts Historical Society and a look at the documents it preserves. Among the paper treasures...
From: Boston 1775 on 24 Jan 2014

Papermaking and the materiality of books

On Monday this week I popped in to the Methodologies for Material Culture: Literary Culture workshop in the Senate House Library.  It’s the second of a series of workshops investigating material culture in all its myriad forms.  The first looked at...
From: Sixteenth Century Scholars on 26 Sep 2013

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.