Archive for April, 2010

Birds of Yore: An Interlude

In a new take on the roles and methodologies of public history, crane chicks have been hatched in England for the first time since their extinction in the seventeenth century, and crane chick specialists will dress as birds to teach them English crane culture.   In honor of this—and in a bid for historical ornithological re-enactment as a league sport—Beinecke early modern is proud to host a brief Birds of Yore interlude, featuring engravings from the work of George Edwards, author of A Natural History of Uncommon Birds, printed for the author at the College of Physicians, [1743]-1751.

A tip of the hat to our early modern feathered friends and their fans!

For the ornithologically intrigued, visit some of the Beinecke’s online bird collections in the Beinecke’s Digital Images & Collections.  Below, an 1843 sighting of a woodpecker, in John Bell’s Diary of an Expedition with John James Audubon (call number: WA MSS S-1752, in the Beinecke’s Yale Collection of Western Americana).

April in Gloucester, or, (Almost)This Week in History

“The Day following, Don Philip made his public Entry into the City of Parma, where he was received with the greatest Demonstrations of Joy by all Ranks of People, and was immediately complimented thereupon by the Nobility, the Bishops of Parma and Guastalla, and by a large Body of Merchants.  In the Evening he was entertain’d at Supper by M. d’Umada, in the Palace of Giandemaria; after which his Royal Highness went to the Ducal Palace.  On this Occasion, Illuminations and Rejoicings were made for three Nights successively, and the Cannon of the Castle were fired.  As yet he has made no Alteration in the Government, excepting that he has conferred the Government of Parma upon the Advocate Arceli.”

“STOLEN out of the Stable of Mr. Thomas Baylis, of New-Mills, in the Parish of Stroud, Gloucestershire, on the 12th of March last, between the Hours of Nine at Night and Four the next Morning, a black NAG, about 14 Hands and a half high, with a Star, a white Spot on the Far Hip … Whoever give Notice of the said Nag, (so as he may be had again) or of the Person or Persons that stole the same, (so as he or they may be convicted thereof) shall receive Three Guineas Reward from me, Thomas Baylis.”

“On Thursday an Order was sent to the New-Gaol from the Duke of Newcastle’s Office, for the Discharge of one Mr. Charles Watson, a Rebel Prisoner belonging to the Manchester Regiment, taken at Carlisle.

There are now only two Persons confined in the New-Gaol on account of the late Rebellion, viz. Mac Donald and Mac Gregor.”

“We, the under-written, do hereby Certify, That the Town of Dursley, in the County of Gloucester, is now entirely free from the SMALL-POX, and has been so for some Weeks past.

Charles Wallington, Minister.
George Faithorn, Richard Tippetts, Churchwardens.
John Gethen, Thomas Hughes, Overseers.
Charles Wallington, Apothecary.”

From a recent acquisition of The Gloucester Journal, volume 27, numbers 1391 – 1442. From Tuesday, January 3, 1748-9 to Tuesday December 26, 1749. Printed by R. Raikes, in the Black-Fryars, Gloucester.

The Beinecke has extensive collections of early modern newspapers and gazettes, particularly for Britain.  To browse the catalog, try a search in the “Genre/Form” field of the “Advanced Search”  option in Orbis, the Yale Library online catalog, for “Newspapers-England-17th century” or “Newspapers-England-18th century.”  Some titles include: The Cirencester Flying-Post; The British merchant, or, Commerce preserv’d; Mercurius bifrons, or, The English Janus: the one side true and serious, the other jocular.