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The Master Gunner’s Account: A Merchant Cruise to Charles Towne Landing

Posted in Event Journal with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 8, 2015 by creweofthearchangel

By Dorian Lasseter, Master Gunner of the Crewe of the Archangel

14 November, 1673

As we have need for repairs to the Archangel, and no war to be engaged as Privateers currently, most of the crew are on furlough. Some of us are a restless lot, so have signed on for a cruise in the life of a merchant. Having brought the Archangel to a drydock in Virginia, we signed on to crewe a coastal trader bound for the southern port of Charles Towne in Carolina. We came to the Ketch-rigged Pink, by the name of Adventure on account of the former crew had some misgivings with the owner and quit the vessel. Once papers were signed, those of us went aboard and made her home for the voyage. We traveled down the coast to the port of Charles Towne, arriving later than expected due to the failing light giving us some navigation troubles. Never the less, we arrived safely and offloaded some of the cargo to be traded in the morning. As the weather turned colder than expected, we kept our berths aboard instead of stretching out on shore.

15 November

The light of day came slowly, but crept through the gratings to wake us. We roused ourselves and others to make a fire for breakfast on shore and to finish the unloading of the cargo and setting up of the trading camp. Soon after we started breakfast, some of the townsfolk came to our camp to greet us and look over our wares. Soon the Landgraves arrived to take their choice of goods, as did several of the red men of the local tribes, who brought furs, pelts and skins to trade for cloth, muskets, axes and beads.

Once trading commenced, others from the town came to bid with us as well. While here, we were privy to the town exercising their battery of cannon, several Sakers and Greater Demi-Culverings, being of 6 and 12 pound shot respectively. Those men who were of the militia are trained well enough to put up a good defense, but I do not think they would fare as well if they were to do such aboard a ship, but I digress.

Back at the trading camp, we were treated to the mid day meal by some of the local women who prepared several fine dishes with fresh chicken, beef and vegetables, corn bread and a fine cobbler for dessert. For the afternoon we again settled in for trading, and provisions for the return trip. As the Adventure has no galley, all victuals would need to be prepared on shore, or otherwise be eaten cold aboard.

We were able to procure dried split peas, oats, salted fish and beef. Others of the crewe continued working on some minor repairs of the Adventure, serving line and repairing a spritsail. We also had others making lace, sewing clothing and washing some laundry. All of our goods were sold by the evening, and we dined on beef stew and chicken and dumplings. We made merry and enjoyed some spirits with our meal, enjoying each others company. As the light faded and again the chill came, we retreated to the ship and continued being merry, telling stories and singing until we grew tired.

MitchbyJO16 November

Again the light of dawn woke us and we made our way back to shore to break our fast. Some had indulged a bit much and were feeling low, but managed to keep up with the rest as we loaded our provisions and goods for the next voyage. As the wind shifted you could smell rain coming. We made haste, yet were unable to beat it. Wet canvas had to be stowed away from the provisions and such, much to our chagrin. We set sail in the rain, bidding farewell to the port of Charles Towne, not knowing weather we would be back before the new year, or ever. It was odd sailing out of a port in the dark, but haste made it necessary, as we were to head to Barbados and New Amsterdam before returning to Virginia before Christmas.

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Copyright November 2014 C. Madden
Photos by J.Otte, S.W.Permenter

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The Lost Letter: Beaufort Pirate Invasion, August ’14

Posted in Event Journal with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 12, 2015 by creweofthearchangel

By Alice Mason Sterling

Alice Mason Sterling

Dearest Sarah, my most beloved Stepdaughter,

I pray this Letter finds you and Sean in good health and that Sean’s Studies prosper. Father is most proud of him as am I. I write an Account of our most recent Journey to see your Father. Though the Times I spend with him are often infrequent and all too short, I treasure each and everyone of them. As I know ye love him and see little of him as well, I will impart several Pages, copied from my Journal, so that ye may see that he is well and continuing to help keep the Colonies protect’d.

Wednesday, August 6

Upon Sightings of Pirates in the coastal Waters, and credible Rumors of their Intent to attack the small Town of Beaufort, North Carolina, the Crewe of the Archangel made Plans to travel to Beaufort and assist the Townsfolk and local Militia in defending the Town.

Kitty and I arriv’d to-day, traveling under the Protection of Quartermaster Jack Roberts. Master Gunner Dorian Lasseter and his Indenture Josephine Legard arrived soon after. The Bosun’s Mate, Mitchell O’Sionnach, travel’d in their Company. We spent the several Hours raising Canvas and laying out the Camp, then took our evening Meal at an Establishment in Town.

My Husband and Stepson, Captain John Sterling and Joshua Merriweather Sterling, made port late this Evening. We are quarter’d near the Gaol and Pillory, which will make Captain Sterling’s Work all the easier once the invading Rabble are conquer’d and the Pirates brought to Justice. And surely they will be.

Thursday, August 7

The Captain and the Ship’s Officers spent the morning in Meetings with the local Authorities, making Plans for the defense of the Town. Later a pouring Rain drove us to the shelter of the the awning near the Quartermaster’s tent , where a rare hour of leisure allow’d for pleasant Conversation. All in all we were grateful for the Rain as it provid’d relief from the Heat and plaguing Mosquitoes.

Once the Downpour abat’d Josephine, O’Sionnach, Kitty and I ventur’d to a nearby burying Grounds. Though somber, I found it a quiet and lovely Place, with great twisting Oaks providing a green Canopy overhead.
20140807_155826 I could not help but wonder how many more Markers would be add’d in the coming Days if the Pirates did indeed attack.

Much to my relief, my Maid Charlotte Cole arriv’d late in the Afternoon, along with the Captain’s Steward Fionnan Murtaugh. Dr. Jerome Geiger arriv’d several hours later and our Company is now complete.


Friday, August 8

This Morning dawn’d warm and humid as the ones that preced’d it. The final setup and preparations within the Camp were seen to, with further Tents add’d for our Supplies and storage. At the Entrance to Camp the wither’d remains of a dead Pirate swing from a Noose. A gruesome sight, but hopefully one that will serve as warning to those who would follow the same Path.

With the Laundress’ inexplicable absence, Kitty and I took up the task of doing the crew’s Wash while Charlotte carri’d on with lace-making.

Charlotte Cole

The Smoke from Josephine’s Brazier waft’d pleasantly through the Camp as she prepar’d her Herbs and apothecary supplies, should they be need’d. Across the camp Dr. Geiger organiz’d his surgical Instruments and arrang’d them in a rather ghastly Display. O’Sionnach tend’d to the maintenance of Block and Tackle and the Master Gunner ensur’d that the crewe’s arms were ready to use at a moment’s notice. Fionn look’d after the Captain and continu’d work on the Archangel’s Flag, the Captain’s personal Ensign, while the Quartermaster oversaw the running of the Camp and our Supplies and my Husband continu’d with the battle Plans.

In the afternoon the Crew made a display of arms alongside the local Militia. The firing of the great Guns and the small Arms alike bolster’d the confidence of the Townspeople, who were understandably apprehensive at the threat of Invasion. Many of the Townsfolk visit’d our Camp after the Demonstration, taking interest in our tasks and our methods of operation within the Camp.

This evening a display of talent was provid’d from amongst the Town and all present, with our own Mistress McDonough paying a visit and treating us all to a Song from her Homeland.

I will admit that this Account is not as coherent as it might be, given that the punch Bowl was pass’d not once but twice this evening as the Crewe sat together around the Table after dinner. T’is a fine thing to share such a fine Drink in such fine Company. Josephine provid’d a Dessert that we took turns cooking at the ends of sticks over the Brazier, something Kitty enjoy’d immensely. Now t’is late, and I shall retire with my Husband and pray for success and safety on the morrow.

Saturday, August 9

This morning we all feast’d upon a fine Breakfast serv’d by the Townsfolk, save for Quartermaster Roberts who remain’d behind to oversee the final preparations of a gallows that was built in case.

Well he did, for the threat of invasion by Pirates became a reality mere hours later. The gallows were mov’d to a public Square and their assembly complet’d before Crowds of curious onlookers shortly before the call to arms was given.
A solitary Pirate arriv’d in a small dingy, making bold Threats against the Town, and was driven off by a single Shot from one of the smaller Guns. Had that been all, the Town would have had an easy Day of it, but the persistent Pirates soon arriv’d in large numbers and the Battle began in earnest. The pirate ships fired upon the Town’s Defenders and were given Cannon Fire in return.
Running the guns

The Battle continu’d on Land as the Pirates took to disembark, but after a vigorous Defense by the Archangels, the Townsfolk, and the Militia, the Pirates were defeated.

Several Pirates were caught and put in the town Gaol, with two Irishmen going to a swift Trial and sentenc’d to be hang’d. As the Sky darkened and Rain began to fall in a light, steady Drizzle, the condemn’d were led forth and parad’d through the town Streets to the Square where the Gallows wait’d. The Procession was a somber one, with one Prisoner begging for his life and the other belligerent and violent, requiring Quartermaster Roberts to beat him frequently.
Captain Sterling overheard the younger prisoner’s pleas and allow’d him to argue for his Life, his Case being that a poor childhood and Poverty drove him to his crimes. He offer’d his skills as a Cobbler and was eventually grant’d a Pardon in hopes that he would better his future.

The second Prisoner, the vile O’Tierney, made no such pleas.
Instead he insult’d my husband in language that made my blood boil. God forgive me, I know vengeance is His alone, but there are times when I am glad to see justice done. With the noose already around his neck he assault’d Captain Sterling, taking my husband to the ground before Quartermaster Roberts could pull the prisoner away. As O’Tierney stood atop the block he request’d a final drink, which he then threw into the Captain’s face. The Pirate vow’d to see the Captain in hell, to which the Captain only laugh’d and remark’d, “I hardly think so,” and kicked the block from beneath the Pirate’s feet. He was hanged for his foul Murders of our innocent Sailors and other terrible Crimes.

With the Hanging concluded the Crowds gradually dispersed. The weary but victorious Crewe dismantled the Gallows and later sat together to partake of a fine Dinner in Camp. Another Bowl of punch and several Games of Whist lended to the celebratory mood.

Sunday, August 10

Parting from the Crewe is never easy, and many of us were already dreading the Farewells as we breakfasted together and began breaking up the Camp. The Rain held off until the very last, drenching many of us as the last Roll of canvas was placed onto the Carts. We took shelter in one of the Town’s Ordinaries and spent about half an hour discussing all that had taken place the previous Days. At last goodbyes were said and we broke company, taking solace in knowing that the Town remained safe and we would all soon assemble for another grand Adventure.

My Dear, I am happy to report that your Father sends his Love and will write to you and Sean, himself, as soon as he is able. I will end now, for I would see this Letter handed off to the Post before I and Kitty head for the Carriage back to Virginia.

We love you both and are eager to visit with you upon our return.

Your loving Mother,

Alice


Copyright August 2014 S. W. Permenter
Special thanks to the following photographers: S.W.Permenter, J.Otte, D.Tobin, C. Warner, M.Murillo

NOTE: Hangings are done by trained, experienced stunt people, followed by a safety demonstration. DO NOT TRY THIS ON YOUR OWN!

MTT: Marching Through Time

Posted in Event Journal with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 27, 2014 by creweofthearchangel

Josephine’s Journal
The Account of an Indentured Servant’s Adventures with the Crewe of the Archangel

April 25

April, typically a relaxing Month before the Hustle of the Pirate-hunting Season, has brought us to Jamestown at the behest of the Vigilant Crewe with whom we often work closely. They are attending to Business in the port City and the Crewe of the Archangel has joined them. Dorian and I made the familiar Journey from Carolina, stopping only once to obtain Monsieur Cyphers from Hampton, and arrived in Town late this Afternoon under dark Skies and in pouring Rain. We were greeted by Capitain McGuyver, his Wife, Nancy, and several of the Vigilant Crewe Members.



We were surprised to be welcomed as well as by two of our own Archangel Crewe Members, Monsieur Atlas and Monsieur Knyff who had not been expected to join us until Morning.
Following a multitude of Greetings, we quickly unloaded the Carriage and as we readied our Room we received Word from Capitaine Sterling that he and Fionn were to arrive in Town no later than Midnight. The Capitaine’s Message also carried a somber Piece of News: a beloved Member of the Community had passed away that Afternoon following a two year Battle with Illness. Capitaine Sterling asked that we make this News known to all present. The News was heavily received, and Silence took hold of the small Gathering of Sailors for more than a few Moments. T’is never easy to learn of the Passing of those we hold dear, but being with those of like Mind and Understanding made the News easier to bear.
After all present were settled in our Rooms, we made our way to a local Establishment both for Dinner and to toast the Life of our recently departed Friend. By then the Rain was slowing to a Drizzle and we had all begun to dry out from the Deluge that had occurred not but a couple of Hours prior. Dinner was plentiful and filling, and the Company was most heartily enjoyed; however, a damp Weariness was taking its hold on each of us. As the Food and Drink were nearly gone, the Table quieted and we knew that it was time for us to depart. As we arrived back at our Room, we received Word that Capitaine Sterling and Fionntan Murtaugh had arrived and they were making themselves comfortable in their respective Rooms. As I write this, I am perched in front of the Fire prepared for bed while Dorian checks in on Capitaine Sterling. The damp Weather reminds me of Home and I find myself dozing off every now and again with thoughts of what feels like Lives past.

April 26

We awoke this Morning and, after readying ourselves, made our way to the local Tavern for a light morning Meal. The Sun was bright, the Skies clear, and the Area was drying out from the Rains of yesterday. My Demeanor had brightened some as well, as I was off to the Shops near the Docks. I had been given an Invitation to meet with a family-trained Apothecary and spend the Day discussing the Trade with her while Dorian saw to his Duties as Master Gunner. I was somewhat Nervous, as my Training was informal at best in the Arts of Herbs, and my Knowledge is limited to those Herbs with which I am familiar. As I stepped into the Shop and looked around, I was met with the Aroma of dried Herbs and a smiling Apothecary greeting me from the Counter.
The Conversation in the Shop was much more relaxed than I had anticipated as she and I discussed our various Experiences with Herbs and making herbal Remedies, the Storage of our Herbs, and the Resources available should we ever need to use Herbs with which we are not familiar. After spending the Day orally compiling our Information, we concluded that perhaps we need to once again meet and create a Resource that could be then shared with the general Public. I left the Shop today feeling enlightened and hopeful that both she and I could benefit from such a Partnership, should our Circumstances favor such an Undertaking.
Following a lovely Dinner in the Tavern, some members of the Crewe joined with Vigilant Crew for Songs by the Fire. The rest of the Archangel Crewe, myself included, sat in a Corner listening to the Songs and holding friendly Conversation. After some time had passed, we realized that Clouds had covered the Sky and that it was beginning to rain. Dorian and I returned to our Room where I am now writing this entry and he is organizing the sea chest. Tomorrow, after some last minute business, we will once again return to the south road and our cottage in Carolina.

April 27

With a little more Time today I wanted to take in the Atmosphere of the Town before we departed. I donned my sailor’s Attire and wandered the Town as “Joseph” Legard, greeting others on the Street who were none the wiser. The Town was made up of a variety of Shops and Activities, with most of the Activity centered around the Tavern and the Docks. In the Tavern, Patrons were taking part in card Games while snacking on Fruit and Biscuits and drinking the available Beverages; on the Docks, Sailors were splicing Lines and testing repaired log Lines in the Water; a Woman was attending to Laundry at the end of the Dock; Captain McGuyver and other Vigilant Crew members were attending to business in his office on the docks; Capitaine Sterling could be found attending to business with Cargo costs and taxes; Monsieur Lasseter was attending to the cleaning and maintenance of the Firearms and edged Weapons; Vigilant Crew members were handling the Shot and various other Weapons; The Archangel's Blacksmith chatting with the Vigilant's Heidiand Members of both Crewes could found helping in the Kitchen.
As the Work was completed, we all began to pack up our Belongings for our individual journeys home. Dorian, Adam, and I were permitted to leave as early as possible, as News had reached us of foul Weather at Home while we were away which carried the Potential of damaging our Property. After saying our Goodbyes, which is always the most difficult Part of an event, we made our way South to Carolina. The Journey was smooth, and we arrived Home slightly earlier than anticipated, finding that only a Flag perched on our Home had been damaged; the worst of it had been East of our Cottage.




Archangel

Copyright 2014 J.Otte

Congratulations to the Crewe of the Archangel

Posted in Event Journal with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 31, 2014 by creweofthearchangel

This year at Jamestown Settlement’s Military Through the Ages, the Crewe won, in the pre-modern category: honorary mention for Best Cooking, First Place for Best Clothing and First Place for Best Camp. But the best was the compliments from the judges who came to tell us that our documentation set the new standard. Well done Archangels.

Laundress Mae Harrington Laundress Mae Harrington
Mlle Josephine Legard Mlle. Josephine Legard
Armourer & Blacksmith Adam Cyphers Armourer & Blacksmith Adam Cyphers
Dr. Jerome GeigerShip’s Surgeon, Dr. Jerome Geiger
Master-at-Arms Heartless Master-at-Arms Heartless
Cook & Able Seaman David M. AtlasCook & Able Seaman David M. Atlas
Master Gunner Dorian LasseterMaster Gunner Dorian Lasseter
Midshipman Joshua MerriweatherMidshipman Joshua Merriweather
Lady's Maid Charlotte Cole & Alice Mason Sterling
Lacemakers: Blue Hood: Lady’s Maid Charlotte Cole. Cocked Hat: Captain’s Wife Alice Mason Sterling
Cook's Mate John KnyffCook’s Mate John Knyff
Quartermaster Jack RobertsQuartermaster Jack Roberts
Bosun's Mate Mitch O'SionnachBosun’s Mate Mitchell O’Sionnach
Sean with ship biscuitMidshipman Sean Merriweather
L'il SnotLearning the Lace trade, Alice Mason’s daughter KittyFionn MurtaughCaptain’s Steward Fionn Murtaugh
Bosun Israel CrossBosun Israel Cross
PrincessCaptain Sterling, Master Gunner Lasseter and Princess


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Military Through the Ages 2014

Thinking Back: Mitchell O’Sionnach, Able Seaman

Posted in Crewe Reflections... with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 27, 2013 by creweofthearchangel

Who are you?
I am Mitchell O’Sionnach, a lad of sixteen years, who has gone ta sea to seek me fortune, so as ta support me Mum and sister home in Ireland..

What are your dealings with the Archangel?

I am an Able Bodied Sailor on board de’ Archangel. an like the other sailors, I serve on a watch, tend ta t’e sails and rigging, and when needed can use both blade an’ shot in battle..

What is your most memorable event concerning that relationship, and do you have any prized possessions connected to the event?

My most memorable event concerning my relationship ta de ‘Angel would have to be when I went to enlist, I saw one of the ship’s officers, Dorian Lasseter, the gunner, praying under his breath with a small chaplet, I quietly remarked upon the ta beauty of such a ting, it having reminded me of my home, where, when I was small I remember my father having a similar rosary, when he went to pray.

The day after the ship left port I noticed a small parcel in my sea-chest, one that was not there before…. in it was a chaplet, very similar to the Gunner’s.
It is a possession I treasure right much.. a token, though neither of us remarked upon it, that I suspect is from one countryman to another.

NOTE: PENAL TIMES
In 1691, King James II signed the Treaty of Limerick. This assured that the Irish Catholics were secure to own their own land, could speak their own language and above all, practice their religion. History tells us that as soon as he left Ireland, the treaty was broken and all the guarantees above were denied by the English.

Death became the common penalty for attending or celebrating the Mass. Many many Priest and Laity lost their lives in the underground churches. These times became known as the ‘Penal Times’ and the Irish Penal Rosary became popular.

Information from :
rosary workshop – museum – irish penal rosary . (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.rosaryworkshop.com/MUSEUM-Irish…Rosary-20c.html

Copyright M.Fink December 2, 2013

A History and How-To of Dorset Buttons

Posted in How to with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 12, 2013 by creweofthearchangel

Josephine’s Journal
The Account of an Indentured Servant’s Adventures with the Crewe of the Archangel

June 19

During our most recent stop in London, while we were staying at the Hyde, I noticed a particular style of button on many of the waistcoats the men were wearing. I ask’d a friendly patron about the style and he inform’d me that they were known as Dorset Buttons, named for the area in which they were created. He offer’d to teach me how to make one style, and I took him up on that offer. I have since ask’d around and discover’d that the Dorset Buttons have quite a storied history:

Dorset buttons originated in Shaftsbury in Dorset, and were the design of one Abraham Case who, along with his wife, began the Dorset button industry around 1622. The High Top was the first design, follow’d by the Dorset Knobs; by 1658 about 31 different designs are believed to have exist’d. (1) The buttons gain’d popularity in Europe and also the new world, and eventually Abraham Case’s grandson, Peter Case, was sent to Liverpool “where he started a clearing house for the export side.” It was Peter who design’d an alloy to prevent the rusting of the metal rings used for the base of the buttons. (2) The buttons to be export’d were label’d according to their quality. The very best quality was reserv’d for export and was mount’d on pink paper. The buttons that were of good quality but were not to be exported were mounted on black paper. The remaining buttons, consider’d “third class” buttons, were mount’d on yellow paper and were of the poorest quality (although not necessarily of poor quality, they were not as perfect as those list’d previously). (3)

By the end of the 1700s, the Dorset Button industry employ’d around 4,000 women and children. However, this industry would soon fall into ruin with the advances made during the industrial revolution. In 1851, at the Great Exhibition, Crystal Palace, a man by the name of John Ashton displayed a “button making machine” which was to bring about the end of the handmade Dorset button industry. (4) Many who were employ’d as button makers became seamstresses or lace-makers, or they left England all together to follow family to Canada or Austrailia. (5)

Having learned the crosswheel style Dorset button while in London, I now can make buttons for crewe members or others when necessary, as buttons lost during work aboard ship is a common occurrence. The necessary steps for making a Dorset button are not difficult, although they can be time consuming if many must be made at a time. The materials used include: a horn or metal ring of the desired diameter for the button size, embroidery thread of the desired color, a sturdy needle, and a pair of sewing scissors.

Once these materials have been gathered, the following steps will guide the reader through the process:

1)First, it is necessary to cut as much thread as will be requir’d to make the entire button. If the button is to have a half-inch diameter or smaller, 3 lengths of your arm should be enough to complete the button. If the diameter is to be larger than a half-inch, it may be necessary to take four lengths of your arm worth of thread. It is important to remember that the larger the button, the more thread you will need.

2)Thread the needle with the embroidery thread, only pulling about 3-4 inches through the needle. Do not tie off the thread, as it will be needed at the completion of the button.

3)Place the end of the thread, opposite the needle end, on the ring and hold it with your thumb. Using the needle, wrap the thread over the ring, through the ring, and then back under itself before pulling it tight. This is similar to a button-hole stitch, and will hold the thread in place after several rotations. Repeat this movement until the entire ring (including the loose end of the thread) is tightly covered by the thread. There will be a ridge along the outer surface of the ring. Do NOT tie off once this is complete.



4)Working around the ring, push the ridge on the outer edge into the inner edge. This may require going around the ring several times to move the ridge in steps.

5)Starting with the thread at the top of the button (now on the inside of the ring). Wrap the around the bottom of the ring and then loop it up the back to the top. Turn the ring slightly and repeat. Do this until there is the desir’d number of spokes in the ring (Typically, this is about 5 spokes but can be more or less). One side of the button will have the even spokes, the other will be uneven.

6) Keeping the thread pull’d tight, insert the needle and thread through the smallest opening on the side of the button where things are uneven. Bring the thread back through the opposite opening on the wheel and pull tight. This will create the “spoke” look on both sides of the button.

7) Maintain the tightness of the thread, either by pulling it tight or with a small stitch in the center to hold the spokes tight. Begin the weaving of the button by pulling the thread up through the hole to the left of the nearest spoke, and then taking it down through the right side of the same spoke in a counterclockwise motion. (6) Repeat this motion until the entire button has been filled in.

8) Once the entire button is complete, tie the thread off on the back of the button and trim it short. The button is now ready to be sewn onto a garment, simply by attaching the back of the button with thread to the desired garment.

Footnotes:
(1) Anna McDowell, “History of the Dorset Button Industry”, Henry’s Buttons, 5 October 2012, http://www.henrysbuttons.co.uk/dorsetbuttonshistory.html, accessed June 19, 2013.

(2) Mandacrafts, “The History of the Dorset Button,” http://www.mandacrafts.co.uk/Dorset%20Button%20History.pdf‎. accessed June 19, 2013.

(3) Mandacrafts, “The History of the Dorset Button,” http://www.mandacrafts.co.uk/Dorset%20Button%20History.pdf‎. accessed June 19, 2013.

(4) Anna McDowell, “History of the Dorset Button Industry”, Henry’s Buttons, 5 October 2012, http://www.henrysbuttons.co.uk/dorsetbuttonshistory.html, accessed June 19, 2013.

(5) Mandacrafts, “The History of the Dorset Button,” http://www.mandacrafts.co.uk/Dorset%20Button%20History.pdf‎. accessed June 19, 2013.

(6) Diane Gilleland, “How to Make Dorset Buttons,” The DIY Wedding. March 4th, 2011 , http://www.craftstylish.com/item/42688/how…uttons/page/all, accessed June 19, 2013

Copyright: November 11, 2013 J.Otte

Thinking Back: Josephine Legard, Indentured Servant and Herbalist

Posted in Crewe Reflections... with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 29, 2013 by creweofthearchangel

Who are you?

Josephine Legard, an indentured servant from Cancale, in the Brittany region of France.

What are your dealings with the Archangel?

I am indentured to the Master Gunner of the Archangel, Dorian Lasseter.

What is your most memorable event concerning that relationship, and do you have any prized possessions connected to the event?

My most memorable event would be my rescue from my indenture from St. Malo by Monsieur Lasseter. I was indentured to a rather unkind tavern owner in the city, and the Archangel crewe took rest at our tavern following a great storm that damaged their ship. They were disguised as Frenchmen so as to receive kind treatment. Toward the end of their stay, Dorian Lasseter was involved in a game of cards with the tavern owner. The owner bet my papers in a last ditch effort to recoup his losses, but was defeated and my papers passed to Monsieur Lasseter.

I still carry a letter in my pocket, written by my brother when he was forced upon a ship bound to New France. It was the last word I had from him, and my last connection to St. Malo. I carry it in the hopes that I will someday find him again.

NOTE: In the late 17th/early 18th century many women often kept Herbals, books or scrap books containing herbal remedies known to work, to care for their families.

“The housewife is assured that she will not be asked to deal with the ‘depth and secrets of this most excellent art of physic,’ receiving instruction only in ‘some ordinary rules and medicines which may avail for the benefit of her family…for the curing of those ordinary sicknesses which daily perturb the health of men and women’.” Gervase Markham

For more information on the subject, please see the following:

Anna’s Herbal, An Education in the Healing Power of Herbs
Geraldine Brooks, Year of Wonders
Sharon Hiltz, 2011
http://www.fairmontstate.edu/collegeoflibe…AS%20HERBAL.pdf

The English Housewife, Gervase Markham
Edited by Michael R. Best
http://books.google.com/books?id=bJ2KV5vfz…epage&q&f=false

For more on Josephine Legard, click here
https://creweofthearchangel.wordpress.com/2…-joseph-legard/
Copyright September 2013/J.Otte