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…
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.
Susanna Lalliment didn’t know how to spell her own name. She was said to be descended from French Huguenot refugees, but she seemed to speak English well enough. The Lalliments were skilled lace makers in Nottingham. The lace business in Nottingham, however, was changing. New technology put many traditional craftsmen out of work. Perhaps being […]
Are recent earthquakes in middle America only aftershocks of a much bigger disaster from two hundred years ago?
The Academy Awards this year, like other years, are going to the British. But does the Isle across the Pond deserve it? Has it ever such praise deserved?
7 January 1812 opened the sixth session of the fourth parliament of the United Kingdom. Significant debates were held concerning constitutional change, including Catholic Emancipation, and changes to Parliament itself.
2nd of January, 1812. London was the world’s financial capital, and “Boldero and Lushington” were one of the biggest and best known financial firms in 19th century London. The firm started in 1738, under the name of “Thomas Miners.” In 1742, when Charles Boldero joined the firm, it became “Miners and Boldero.” As the Boldero […]