Meanwhile, back in England…


GEORGIAN PERIOD 1714 – 1830 (1837)


Where is my wooden needle case?

Is there a way to not make this story incredibly heavy, to match the Puritans’ burdensome world view? Is there a way to resurrect a bit of Sir Terry P. into this thing – if he could write about Puritan colonial America? With keen observation, sharp wit, and deep – if often bewildered – affection? He certainly touched on religion often enough – I should probably read all of those again. I want this to be allegorical, but I’m not sure I’ll know what the allegory exactly IS until I’m halfway through it, if that. I’m just kind of hoping it will reveal itself to me as we go along. What I know for sure is that if I sit here and refuse to try to write a story until I’m sure I know what it’s about or how it will end, I will never start.

Pocket Contents: Coins

In 1652, Massachusetts challenged England’s ban on colonial coinage. The colony struck a series of silver coins, including the Pine Tree Shilling. On the coin the lettering MASATHVSETS IN encircles a pine tree. The reverse bears the inscription NEW ENGLAND AN DOM, the date 1652 and the Roman numeral XII (twelve pence or one shilling) in the center.

All Pine Tree shillings were dated 1652, though they were produced for many years. Therafter, that way, if England ever found out about this illegal coinage, Massachusetts could claim it had not made any coins since 1652. – guide to counterfeit coins of England and the colonies – making sense of colonial money, values

Find a reproduction of a wooden comb and/or brush and use it daily – Stuart/Georgian – I want to find/buy/make a wooden hair comb – for grooming, not a decorative comb

Also….George Washington didn’t wear a wig, but instead had how own hair powdered and pomaded and styled to look like a wig. So…he must have had long hair.


Wanted to create a blog list for my sidebar but it seems like WordPress only allows you to add other WordPress blogs.


Linsey-woolsey – a fabric made from weaving flax with wool to make a heavier cloth used for winter clothing


Astronomical events if 1650? 1680? 1770?


“Floors were kept clean by weekly scouring with abrasive sand. Often done on Saturdays, and then a layer of white sand was strewn on the floor and swept into decorative patterns; a thick layer of sand on the kitchen floor boards protected them from grease, candle wax, and other stains.” (American Household Botany)

“In New England, anti-slavery sentiments persuaded many to use maple sugar in place of molasses and sugar imported from the West Indies.” (AHB, p. 204)

Amelia Simmons – American Cookery

Hannah Glasse – The Art of Cooking Made Plain & Simple

“The New Household Receipt Book” – Hale

“The American Woman’s Home” – H. Beecher Stowe

The Good Housekeeper – Hale

America Cookery – Simmons 1796

The Improved Housewife or Book of Receipts – Webster 1853

Practical Cooking 1878

The Modern Cook – 1877

The Virginia Housewife 1824

The English Housewife – Gervase Markham 1615

1734 John Tennent’s “Every Man His Own Doctor, or The Poor Planters Physician”

“Samp” recipe

Wampanoag garden? Maize, squash/pumpkin (C. pepo), and beans (P. vulgaris)

Josselyn. “New England Rarities” – “standing dish” recipe

Strawberry cornmeal bread

Green arrow arum – tuckahoe (Peltandra virginica)

All introduced to N. America:

  • Shepherd’s purse
  • knotgrass
  • Black nightshade
  • Chickweed
  • Comfrey
  • Mullein
  • Plantain
  • Flax
  • Hemp
  • Red clover
  • Eglantine rose
  • Sorrel
  • Skirret (Sium sisarum)
  • Queen Anne’s lace
  • Sheep sorrel
  • Wood sorrel
  • Purslane



Herbs in colonial gardens:

  • Yarrow
  • Feverfew
  • Southernwood
  • Wormwood
  • Mugwort
  • Tansy
  • Lavender cotton
  • Garden chamomile

Furniture – Jacobean styles (1670-1694) were copied in America. Wood carvers in vicinity of Hadley, MA used lots of oak (AHB, p.273)

Cattails subbed for old world bullrushes to cane chairs.

What the hell is “alehoof?”


An early germination test was to scatter some seeds on a hot stove surface. Those that retained some moisture and presumably were more viable would crack and jump; nonviable seeds lacked moisture and simply burned. (AHB)

I want to read more stories of the Tory/Loyalist perspective.