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Women’s History Month 2017: Afterthoughts

31 March 2017

To wrap up this month, this post is just a few notes – half-formed thoughts, not ‘conclusions’ – on some recurring themes that struck me as I was writing and...

Women Petitioners: Belinda Sutton, an ex-slave in Massachusetts

29 March 2017

In February 1783, Belinda Sutton petitioned the Massachusetts General Court for a pension from the estate of Isaac Royall Jr, her late master. (In this petition she names herself simply...

Women Petitioners: London Servants

26 March 2017

I’m going to round off WHM2017 with a couple of posts indulging my current interests in petitions. Today I have two petitions from the London Lives Petitions Project: both are...

The Journey of Sarah Knight (1666-1727)

24 March 2017

In October 1704, Sarah Knight left her home town of Boston, MA, for a five-month journey on horseback to New York, which she recorded in a travel diary which is memorable for its descriptions...