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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 25., Women of the Mayflower and Plymouth Colony. (search)
rly summer, into John and Priscilla Alden's home came Elizabeth, called the first-born daughter of the Pilgrims. Then came a wedding of special interest. All Plymouth rejoiced when Patience Brewster married Thomas Prence. Destiny had woven for her a beautiful pattern, with childhood in Scrooby, girlhood in Leyden, and womanhood in Plymouth. A bright, particular star in the galaxy of the women of Plymouth colony. Her young husband reached the important place of governor in a few years. Gray days and golden days passed over Plymouth, each one finding the women busy with the household duties, which did not end with the sunset gun, as the men's labor might. Let us look for a moment at the list of occupations which kept them busy. Candle making; pickling eggs; preserve and cordial making; distilling of herbs; ale or beer making; soap making; laundering and dyeing cloths and yarns; braiding mats of rushes; sweeping and sanding the floors; cleaning wooden and iron utensils; scouring
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 25., Old ships and ship-building days of Medford. (search)
lar, Williams, hence (Boston) arrived at Cherbourg in forty-two days. She is also reported at Rio Janeiro as follows: February 23, 1810, the brig Pedlar, of Boston, last from Sumatra with a full cargo of pepper, called here and sailed ten days since for Europe. The brig Pedlar, two hundred and twenty-five tons, was built in 1806 by Thatcher Magoun for Timothy Williams of Boston. The brig Hope, one hundred and sixty tons, was built at Medford in 1804 at the yard of Thatcher Magoun for Samuel Gray of Salem. There are several journals of her voyages in the Essex Institute, one a Log of the brig Hope from Salem to Leghorn. Sailed December 4, 1804, and arrived January 21, 1805, with a cargo of pepper. The following is an entry while at anchor discharging her cargo at Leghorn, describing a gale, February 1, 1805:— Swedish bark went adrift and came down. Bent both parts of the Horses [Hawsers] on to the Cables and paid out to the better end and got clear of her. There is a