Apologies about the down time — I returned home on 17 Dec from a one-week vacation to learn all sites were down. Our hosting company had decided to abandon the business without warning.
The owner of that hosting service apparently has not only double- and triple-billed people but also left a lot of clients hanging because all site data is inaccessible. Other customers have lost everything and there is some speculation the owner is now in the process of launching a new hosting service! While fortunately I keep good backups, it has still taken this long to move all my domains and upload sites to a host who has been around awhile and who we expect to offer stability. So, if you see the name Javier Vidueira associated with any web hosting service, look elsewhere. Trust me on this.
Please bear with me if you notice some minor problems — they are being fixed.
Thank you for your patience — and Happy New Year to each one of you!
The Railway Mail Service, by Colonel Thomas P. Cheney (Superintendant of the New England railway mail service). An 1884 overview of how the railway postal system worked and increased efficiency.
Curious Punishments of Bygone Days, by Alice Morse Earle. A historical description of the various crimes and punishments used during the colonial period including bilboes, ducking stool, stocks, pillory, whipping, scarlet letter, branks, and more. [on HistoryReadings.com]
The Early History of Children's Books in New England, by Charles Welsh. An overview of early reading material available to New England children, including some focus upon the well-known publisher John Newbery and many authors of the time.
Customs and Fashions in Old New England by Alice Morse Earle, originally published in 1893 (about 400 pages). The author, a well-know antiquarian of her day, discusses the day-to-day life and culture in Early New England. Topics range from birth to death and include: Courtship, Domestic Service, Books, Taverns, Holidays, Sports and Clothing.
Business Life In Early New England, by By Rev. Anson Titus, New England Magazine, 1888. Discussion of early enterprise in New England, with emphasis upon dual responsibility of farming while maintaining a trade.
New England Dialect, by By Isaac Bassett Choate, Bay State Monthly, 1888. The author attempts to show the origin of our New-England dialect, and to prove that all talk about an American language, as distinct from English, is without the shadow of reason in history or in common-sense.
Mount Auburn, by Frank Foxcroft. Reproduced from a 1896 article published in New England Monthly. History of the cemetery and profiles of various buildings and monuments with some discussion of a few of the more famous people buried within. Illustrated, including a cemetery map.