No. 508
Crime, Eccentricity, and the Sporting Life in 19th Century America.
January 28, 2021

The Merry Wives of Boston.

Such is Boston morality and such is woman's fidelity.
January 5, 2021
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Executed Today - 11/13/2020
 Read the whole story of Alice Brown's mysterious, 1897 murder in Boston here: 15 Corning Street.Illustrations from Boston Post, November 6, 1897.
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Murder By Gaslight - 1/23/2021

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[Editor’s note: Guest writer, Peter Dickson, lives in West Sussex, England and has been working with microfilm copies of The Duncan Campbell Papers from the State Library of NSW, Sydney, Australia. The following are some of his analyses of what he has discovered from reading these papers. Dickson has contributed many transcriptions to the Jamaica Family […]
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Early American Crime - 2/7/2019
Life in Boston and New York. | New Years in the Wings.

The Merry Wives of Boston.

Harry-Lee

"One night the whole party were assembled in the room of Mrs. H. Sparkling champagne was before them, of which they partook freely. Mrs. H. proposed to decide by lot whose bed Harry should share, while Harry insisted that Mrs. H's bed was large enough for four and promised to do equal justice to all.

"The mirth grew fast and furious, and each one was trying by the liberal display of her personal charms to win the lucky Harry for herself alone, when the door opened and the landlady entered in nightcap and gown, horrified at their untimely revelry, and aghast at the sight which met her eyes.

"Harry was cheated out of his night's enjoyment, for he was compelled to leave the house instantly, and the recreant wives packed up their trunks and left the next morning, like Alexander, to seek new worlds to conquer.—Such is Boston morality and such is woman's fidelity."

 

Reprinted from "The Merry Wives of Boston," New England Police Gazette, October 5, 1861.