The Diary of William Pynchon of Salem: A Picture of Salem Life, Social and Political, a Century Ago, Volume 3

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Houghton, Mifflin, 1890 - Massachusetts - 349 pages
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Page 123 - Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his Anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.
Page 103 - Friday. A fine, cool morning. I returned to Mr. Oliver the dollar which I borrowed of him at the Fort. 12. Sunday. Fair and warm. Mrs. Orne and her maid Landor come. 13. Monday. Fair and cool. News that Mrs. Fairfield's son died in the prison ship at New York. Three more privateers are taken and carried to Halifax. Mrs. Cabot makes her will; in it gives Titus, her negro, ^40 and his freedom in case he shall continue in her service henceforth till her death. Titus cares not, as he gets money apace,...
Page 96 - ... with a heavy tax. 26. Saturday. Cloudy, but less cold than yesterday. It is said that Morris, the financier, hath reported to Congress in favour of hard-money currency. 27. Sunday. Clear, and wind S. and moderate. Soh ! soh ! The register, Pickering, says he is not at liberty to record Mr. Robie's mortgage deeds of his house and land, which he made for securing his creditors in England. Johnson comes in and says that Gibraltar is relieved by the English fleet. What ailed ye Powers and ye Fleets...
Page 94 - Brownes has been the most respectable family that has ever lived in the town of Salem, holding places of the highest trust in the town, county and state, and possessing great riches.
Page 95 - Cloudy. The continental currency, •* old emission, passeth no more here. 19. Saturday. Some take the old emission on pretence of patriotism. . . . 24. Thursday. Fair and cool. Exchange between old emission and silver is at 150 for one ; at Boston at 120 to 140 for one. The jurymen in the Maritime Court here yesterday refused to give in any more verdicts to the Court without an assurance that they shall be paid in new emission. So ! so ! so ! members of Congress, whither is your credit going ? Down...
Page viii - It never occurred to me, however, that the name was not as much the property of a romance-writer as that of Smith, for instance; while its unhackneyed singularity, and a certain indescribable fitness to the tone of my work, gave it a value which no other of the many sirnames, which suggested themselves to me, seemed to possess. Writing the book at a distance from Salem, I had no opportunity for consulting ancient records or the recollection of aged persons; and I beg you to believe that I was wholly...
Page 199 - Salem, though that period, notwithstanding her hystcricky habit, will be more distant than mine, whenever it may arrive, 't is my express and peremptory order, command, and injunction on my heirs that on no consideration her dead body be entombed with my late niece or any of my family, being unwilling that her dust should be mixed with that of a family to which she bore enmity; and I should not be a little deranged in the Resurrection morning to find Abigail Curwen...

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