Wow, a year and a half since my last post. But I have an excuse: I was very busy finishing my dissertation! And then after that I was in a state of intellectual collapse. I'm feeling better now, though, thank you. Last week I was over at the Connecticut Historical Society, researching sermons (more on … Continue reading Advice from 1791
Today was lovely, featuring a romp through several boxes of nineteenth-century Connecticut legislative records and lunch with colleagues (only one of whom was the one I'm married to). The answer to the question posed in the title has several parts. First, you needed permission from the General Assembly to establish a fire company. I suppose … Continue reading What do you need to form a fire company (in 1837)?
Nothing substantive to add today, just a couple of samples of a copyist's doodling from the United Colonies records. No meeting-attender or student notetaker has ever done better, I'm sure. First up, an artistic paragraph border: Second, fun with flourishes: