“Laden with a body of death”: Coded Confessions of Desire in a Puritan Diary

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By Jenna Colozza, Library Assistant In February of 1653, twenty-one-year-old Michael Wigglesworth listened as Henry Dunster, clergyman and president of Harvard College, gave a sermon at the public assembly. But Wigglesworth was distracted from the sermon. Instead, he was fretting over one of the students he tutored at Harvard who was absent from the assembly due […]
Carol Knauff

This Week @MHS

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Here is a look at the virtual events we have planned this week: On Tuesday, 25 January, at 5:15 PM: Earthquakes in New England, 1600-1800: Extraordinary Natural Events & Timekeeping Practices in Early America with Katrin Kleeman, German Maritime Museum – Leibniz Institute for Maritime History, and comment by Lukas Rieppel, Brown University. New England […]
Carol Knauff

“What then are our Lives and Lebeties worth”: The 18th Century Kidnapping Case that Shook Boston

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By Benjamin D. Remillard, University of New Hampshire, Benjamin F. Stevens Fellow, MHS Seeking opportunity and community following the War for Independence, growing coastal hubs like Boston became attractive destinations for free people of color. Many of these residents and recent migrants were engaged members of their communities. Cato Newell, for instance, was a twenty-three-year-old baker […]
Carol Knauff

“To My Brother Tommy”: John Quincy Adams and His Youngest Sibling

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By Lucy Wickstrom, Adams Papers Intern Like many younger siblings, Thomas Boylston Adams experienced a combination of gratitude and annoyance at his older brother John Quincy’s protectiveness. In the autumn of 1794, they voyaged together to Europe, where John Quincy was to work as foreign minister to the Netherlands with Thomas as his secretary. As they […]
Carol Knauff

This Week @MHS

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Here is a look at the virtual events we have planned this week: On Tuesday, 18 January, at 5:15 PM: The Emergence of the Marriage Market with Lindsay Keiter, Pennsylvania State University – Altoona, and comment by Ellen Hartigan-O’Connor, University of California – Davis. When did Americans begin using the term “the marriage market,” and what does that […]
Carol Knauff

“No election or appointment . . . ever gave me so much pleasure”: John Quincy Adams as a member of the United States House of Representatives, 1830–1838

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By Neal Millikan, Series Editor for Digital Editions, The Adams Papers Transcriptions of more than 2,500 pages of John Quincy Adams’s diary have just been added to the John Quincy Adams Digital Diary, a born-digital edition of the Adams Papers editorial project at the Massachusetts Historical Society. The new material spans the period January 1830 […]
Carol Knauff
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