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Franklin Minerva, Franklin County, bonnets, bells, preacher, fashion


A handwritten set of notes compiled by Alfred L. Shoemaker from the Franklin Minerva, originally dating from 1799. The notes concern the introduction of a new fashion of bonnets to ladies in a small village and their growing dissatisfaction with this fashion.

Corresponds to:

Packet 63-4


The Franklin Minerva

p.11 The Bonnet about recent introduction 1799

p. 51 Cure for the bite of a mad dog

p. 88 The Husking (from Barlow’s “Hartyfuddery”.

The Gleaner [Lancaster] pp. 506-514


Between Terence, an Irishman, and Felty, a German

The Franklin Minerva of March 2, 1799 vol. 1, [illegible] III

p. 11 The Bonnet. Lady W. to Lady X. Amiable Lady

“In behalf of the Ladies of our little village, I am desired to inform your ladyship of the uneasiness that is daily increasing among them, on account of the fashion of the Bonnets now worn by the ladies. They say, that six months has nearly elapsed, since the fashion was first introduced in our town - that they expected an alteration long before this time - that their sufferings have been, and still are almost inconceivable - that they are obliged to tie them so close around their heads, that they can scarcely bear the sound of the bells on Sundays, and much less the preacher - and that all the light they can perceive is a faint glimpse right forward, like peeping through a telescope. Should there not be an alteration, within a very short time - rest is not clear ---



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Notes From the Franklin Minerva, 1799



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