The Traveler… times at odds… three shots, but not dead…

July 11, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Today I decided to travel back a little further than I have been of recent. Within the “The Post Boy” dated July 10, 1711, I found that it seemed that most of Europe was at odds with each other. The news from Paris, Lisbon, Genoa, Turin, Milan, Warsaw, Vienna and Hague all were dealing in some type of army and/or war activity.

A correspondence from Dover is of which a Privateer “had 3 small Shots in his Body, but was not dead; that only 3 of the Privateers engag’d him, and a great many are kill’d on both sides, the 3 Privateers had 300 Men each.”

Even with all that is occurring in our lives today, I’m thankful that we don’t live in the 18th century…

~The Traveler

The Traveler… “The Apprentice (s)”…

June 17, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

While reading through The Post Boy (London) dated June 17, 1710,  I came across a few articles pertaining to the news of the day that were interesting. One was related to a current topic of interest, “job security”, being a petition from Master Gun-Smiths for and on-behalf of themselves (Dublin and Ireland) stating they were to be  the ones to making the Arms for themselves – perhaps a conflict of interest???  Another was the report of the returning of the Majesty’s ships, “as prize, a French Privateer.”

However, it was an advertisement which really caught my eye. It begins with “Went away from their Master…”  and continues on to describe two young lads, their clothing, provides their names and states that they “suppos’d to be straggled on Ship Board”, and that anyone who helps to find them  “shall be kindly rewarded”.  Interesting contrast between those who were trying feverishly to preserve their livelihood with those who were running from it.          ~The Traveler