The Naked Quaker

by Diane Rapaport | History | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 9781933212968 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingGoryDetailswing of Nashua, New Hampshire USA on 5/4/2021
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Journal Entry 1 by wingGoryDetailswing from Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Tuesday, May 4, 2021
I got this softcover at a local Savers thrift shop. As per its subtitle "True Crimes and Controversies from the Courts of Colonial New England," it contains excerpts from 1600s court records throughout New England. The accounts often feature "crimes" that wouldn't be considered such at all today, whether it's the "naked Quaker" and her rebellious act or a teenager being rude to his parents; other crimes are more serious, but also quite varied in nature, and reflecting life in Colonial times and rural locations. Someone lost some hogs and accused a neighbor; someone else sued to retain the services of indentured servants; neighbors sued each other for trespassing or failure to pay debts or whatever else crossed their minds... There's even an intriguing character, a privateer turned itinerant lawyer, whose name cropped up in different areas as he roved from town to town taking cases. (I think there's a TV-series idea in that one!)

For some cases the author was able to find out what happened to the principles later on, but for many they simply ended - no way to know if the conflicts were resolved or if the families ever reconciled. Still, some intriguing glimpses into life at that time, from the roguish and randy to the bitter and cruel.

Journal Entry 2 by wingGoryDetailswing at Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Friday, October 8, 2021

Released 1 wk ago (10/8/2021 UTC) at Nashua, New Hampshire USA


I'm adding this to the Crime Scene/Mystery bookbox (bookbox journal with list of choices and replacements here); the box will be on its way to its next stop soon.

Journal Entry 3 by waternixie at Everett, Washington USA on Thursday, October 14, 2021
From the Crime Scene bookbox. I'll be passing this one on.

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