St Patrick’s day “a day always precious in the estimation of the Irishman, was celebrated yesterday at the Free Mason’s Tavern.” Reported the Morning Chronicle. So the famous playright Sheridan, the Mayor of London, and a few other notables celebrated St. Patrick’s, so what? Well, unlike in previous years, British newspapers in 1812 saw trouble […]
This year, the Welsh people may be celebrating a recent Rugby triumph over England. 200 year ago, however, the Welsh in Liverpool gave “loyal toasts” to the Royal family and other British notables.
Daniel Isaac Eaton had been in trouble with the law before. (That is, before the blasphemy case.) Once upon a time, in a little kingdom in far away Europe, there lived a cockerel by the name of Chanticleer, King Chanticleer. This rooster was a descendent of the Chanticleer in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Nun’s Priest’s Tale, and […]
The prosecution mounted a brilliant case against Thomas Paine’s publisher. The first witness the attorney General called was Henry Ben Raven, who, as stated earlier, had purchased a copy of Thomas Paine’s book from Daniel Isaac Eaton’s shop.
When Richard Dawkins recently claimed that Christians were “not really Christian at all”, he wasn’t breaking new ground. Over 200 years ago, Thomas Paine, that oft-quoted American patriot, wrote a pamphlet that said basically the same thing.
It had all started when Susannah Lalliment “stole” that ten pound note she saw lying on the floor. After a year of life at sea and waiting at port, it must have seemed that her sentence of a “life of transpotation” really was a life of transportation. Until she met a ship’s carpenter, and a forgotten hero…
The term “climate change” is much older than I once believed. I found it in a newspaper from May 2, 1913, almost 100 years ago. But that isn’t the first time “climate change” has been used, or debated…
The early settlement of Crawford County, Illinois is still relatively clouded in mystery. The movies used to simplify the westward expansion as a contest between “Indians” and “The White Man.” But when I presented this stereotype a couple of decades ago, on my visit to the a little town near Russelville in Illinois, I was […]
Stranded on her tropical island, it’s likely that Susannah Lalliment didn’t know or care what happened to her would be rescuers turned deserters, Captain Rowland and his Holkar privateer. To the British navy and merchant marine, however, the brig Holkar was a menace. Slowed only by the captured ships and other prizes they had to […]
Despite her conviction, Susannah Lalliment was lucky. The far off colonies of the Empire had too few loyal subjects, and the parliament had an idea of how to get more people there. Susannah’s death sentence was commuted to banishment, life on the other side of the world.