New Release Books by Alice Morse Earle

Alice Morse Earle is the author of Sabbath in Puritan New England (2020), Home Life in Colonial Days (1913), Stage-coach and Tavern Days (2020), Child Life in Colonial Days (2020) and other 217 books.

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Sabbath in Puritan New England

release date: Nov 18, 2020
Sabbath in Puritan New England
When the Pilgrim Fathers landed at Plymouth they at once assigned a Lord''s Day meeting-place for the Separatist church, --"a timber fort both strong and comely, with flat roof and battlements;" and to this fort, every Sunday, the men and women walked reverently, three in a row, and in it they worshipped until they built for themselves a meeting-house in 1648.As soon as each successive outlying settlement was located and established, the new community built a house for the purpose of assembling therein for the public worship of God; this house was called a meeting-house. Cotton Mather said distinctly that he "found no just ground in Scripture to apply such a trope as church to a house for public assembly." The church, in the Puritan''s way of thinking, worshipped in the meeting-house, and he was as bitterly opposed to calling this edifice a church as he was to calling the Sabbath Sunday. His favorite term for that day was the Lord''s Day

Stage-coach and Tavern Days

release date: Sep 28, 2020
Stage-coach and Tavern Days
In reverent and affectionate retrospective view of the influences and conditions which had power and made mark upon the settlement of New England, we are apt to affirm with earnest sentiment that religion was the one force, the one aim, the one thought, of the lives of our forbears. It was indeed an ever present thought and influence in their lives; but they possessed another trait which is as evident in their records as their piety, and which adds an element of human interest to their story which their stern Puritanism never could have done; with them their neighborliness, was as ever present and as sincere as their godliness. Hence the establishment of an hostelry,—an ordinary it was usually called,—for the entertainment of travellers and for the mutual comfort of the settlers, was scarcely second to their providing a gathering-place for the church. The General Court of Massachusetts at an early date took decisive measures with regard to houses of common entertainment. No one was permitted to keep without license “a common victuallyng house,” under a penalty of twenty shillings a week. Soon the power of granting licenses was transferred to the County Courts, as the constant increase in the number of ordinaries made too constant detailed work for so important a body as the General Court. Consideration for the welfare of travellers, and a desire to regulate the sale of intoxicating liquors, seemed to the magistrates important enough reasons not only to counsel but to enforce the opening of some kind of a public house in each community, and in 1656 the General Court of Massachusetts made towns liable to a fine for not sustaining an ordinary. Towns were fined and admonished for not conforming to this law; Concord, Massachusetts, was one of the number. The Colonial Records of Connecticut, in 1644, ordered “one sufficient inhabitant” in each town to keep an ordinary, since “strangers were straitened” for want of entertainment. A frequent and natural choice of location for establishing an ordinary was at a ferry. Tristram Coffyn kept both ferry and ordinary at Newbury, Massachusetts; there was an ordinary at Beverly Ferry, known until 1819 as the “Old Ferry Tavern.” Great inducements were offered to persons to keep an ordinary; sometimes land was granted them, or pasturage for their cattle, or exemption from church rates and school taxes. In 1682, Hugh March, of Newbury, Massachusetts, petitioned for a renewal of his license to keep an ordinary, saying thus: “The town of Newbury, some years since, were destitute of an ordinary, and could not persuade any person to keep it. For want of an ordinary they were twice fined by the county, and would have been a third time had I not undertaken it.” In 1668 the town had persuaded one Captain White to “undertake an ordinary” on high moral grounds; and it is painful to record that, though he did so unwillingly, he found the occupation so profitable that he finally got into disgrace through it.

Child Life in Colonial Days

release date: Aug 02, 2020
Child Life in Colonial Days
Reproduction of the original: Child Life in Colonial Days by Alice Morse Earle

Two Centuries of Costume in America

release date: Sep 21, 2018
Two Centuries of Costume in America
Reproduction of the original: Two Centuries of Costume in America by Alice Morse Earle

The Sabbath in Puritan New England

release date: Dec 01, 2015
The Sabbath in Puritan New England
Nineteenth-century historian Alice Morse Earle brings the religious beliefs and practices of the Puritans to life in this fascinating discussion of the Protestant sect''s way of worship. From the accompanying music to the common themes of sermons, no detail of Puritan religious services is overlooked.

Colonial Days in Old New York

release date: Oct 09, 2018
Colonial Days in Old New York
Colonial Days in Old New York is a treasure trove of facts about the life and times of the American colonists and the birth of our nation. Renowned historian and bestselling author Alice Morse Earle provides a vivid portrait of the daily lives of America''s early settlers. From childhood to old age, from courtship and weddings to crime and punishment, from what they ate and drank to sports and entertainment, you''ll discover what life was really like in America''s colonial era. With a mix of anecdotes and intimate details, Earle brings America''s bygone days to life. Earle is an acclaimed historian of America''s colonial era. In the past many scholars dismissed her work, often because she was a woman, and her books focused on the details of everyday life. Since then she has earned her place as a one of the primary sources of America''s early social history. "We all know that our country is great, far better than we know why it is great. And perhaps that is the best reason why we should love history. It makes us love our country." - Alice Morse Earle

Curious Punishments of Bygone Days

release date: Jul 21, 2014
Curious Punishments of Bygone Days
Derived from court records, newspapers, diaries, and letters, this illustrated volume offers authentic views of early American chastisements, including the stocks, the pillory, the ducking stool, and the infamous scarlet letter.

Old Time Gardens

release date: Oct 04, 2019
Old Time Gardens
Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.

Sundials and Roses of Yesterday

release date: Sep 19, 2013
Sundials and Roses of Yesterday
The American author Alice Morse Earle (1851-1911) practised a distinctive form of historical writing which made innovative use of material evidence in its focus on the details of everyday life. Lavishly illustrated, this 1902 work illuminates the social history of two ''garden delights'': sundials and roses.

Costume Of Colonial Times

release date: Apr 16, 2013
Costume Of Colonial Times
This unusual works was originally published in 1894 and is a fascinating look at the History of Colonial Dress and the Costumes of Colonial Times, it will appeal greatly to any historian. The material for the compilation of this glossary has been found in old letters, wills, inventories of estates, court records, and in eighteenth-century newspapers. Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900''s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.

Sundials Roses of Yesterday

release date: Nov 11, 2018
Sundials Roses of Yesterday
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Sun-Dials and Roses of Yesterday

release date: Oct 23, 2018
Sun-Dials and Roses of Yesterday
This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work is in the public domain in the United States of America, and possibly other nations. Within the United States, you may freely copy and distribute this work, as no entity (individual or corporate) has a copyright on the body of the work. Scholars believe, and we concur, that this work is important enough to be preserved, reproduced, and made generally available to the public. To ensure a quality reading experience, this work has been proofread and republished using a format that seamlessly blends the original graphical elements with text in an easy-to-read typeface. We appreciate your support of the preservation process, and thank you for being an important part of keeping this knowledge alive and relevant.

Child Life in Colonial Times

release date: Jan 01, 2009
Child Life in Colonial Times
What was it like to be a child in 17th- and 18th-century America? A pioneering historian chronicles the eye-opening details of everyday colonial life in this engaging classic. Meticulously researched, it paints a vivid picture of infancy, toys and games, manners, discipline, schools, religious training, and much more. Features 128 illustrations.

Diary of Anna Green Winslow

release date: Aug 30, 2017

In Old Narragansett

release date: Mar 14, 2017
In Old Narragansett
In Old Narragansett - Romances and Realities is an unchanged, high-quality reprint of the original edition of 1898. Hansebooks is editor of the literature on different topic areas such as research and science, travel and expeditions, cooking and nutrition, medicine, and other genres. As a publisher we focus on the preservation of historical literature. Many works of historical writers and scientists are available today as antiques only. Hansebooks newly publishes these books and contributes to the preservation of literature which has become rare and historical knowledge for the future.

Home Life in Colonial Days - Scholar's Choice Edition

release date: Feb 16, 2015
Home Life in Colonial Days - Scholar's Choice Edition
This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work was reproduced from the original artifact, and remains as true to the original work as possible. Therefore, you will see the original copyright references, library stamps (as most of these works have been housed in our most important libraries around the world), and other notations in the work. This work is in the public domain in the United States of America, and possibly other nations. Within the United States, you may freely copy and distribute this work, as no entity (individual or corporate) has a copyright on the body of the work.As a reproduction of a historical artifact, this work may contain missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. Scholars believe, and we concur, that this work is important enough to be preserved, reproduced, and made generally available to the public. We appreciate your support of the preservation process, and thank you for being an important part of keeping this knowledge alive and relevant.

Margaret Winthrop

release date: Jun 01, 2010
Margaret Winthrop
Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.

Two Centuries of Costume in America 1620-1820

release date: Jan 01, 2007
Two Centuries of Costume in America 1620-1820
Historical work on Colonial America from the American historian marked for her focus on small sociological details, invaluable for modern sociologists.

In Old Narragansett - Romances and Realities

release date: Oct 01, 2007
In Old Narragansett - Romances and Realities
PREFACE. THE Author of this very practical treatise on Scotch Loch - Fishing desires clearly that it may be of use to all who had it. He does not pretend to have written anything new, but to have attempted to put what he has to say in as readable a form as possible. Everything in the way of the history and habits of fish has been studiously avoided, and technicalities have been used as sparingly as possible. The writing of this book has afforded him pleasure in his leisure moments, and that pleasure would be much increased if he knew that the perusal of it would create any bond of sympathy between himself and the angling community in general. This section is interleaved with blank shects for the readers notes. The Author need hardly say that any suggestions addressed to the case of the publishers, will meet with consideration in a future edition. We do not pretend to write or enlarge upon a new subject. Much has been said and written-and well said and written too on the art of fishing but loch-fishing has been rather looked upon as a second-rate performance, and to dispel this idea is one of the objects for which this present treatise has been written. Far be it from us to say anything against fishing, lawfully practised in any form but many pent up in our large towns will bear us out when me say that, on the whole, a days loch-fishing is the most convenient. One great matter is, that the loch-fisher is depend- ent on nothing but enough wind to curl the water, -and on a large loch it is very seldom that a dead calm prevails all day, -and can make his arrangements for a day, weeks beforehand whereas the stream- fisher is dependent for a good take on the state of the water and however pleasant and easy it may be for one living near the banks of a good trout stream or river, it is quite another matter to arrange for a days river-fishing, if one is looking forward to a holiday at a date some weeks ahead. Providence may favour the expectant angler with a good day, and the water in order but experience has taught most of us that the good days are in the minority, and that, as is the case with our rapid running streams, -such as many of our northern streams are, -the water is either too large or too small, unless, as previously remarked, you live near at hand, and can catch it at its best. A common belief in regard to loch-fishing is, that the tyro and the experienced angler have nearly the same chance in fishing, -the one from the stern and the other from the bow of the same boat. Of all the absurd beliefs as to loch-fishing, this is one of the most absurd. Try it. Give the tyro either end of the boat he likes give him a cast of ally flies he may fancy, or even a cast similar to those which a crack may be using and if he catches one for every three the other has, he may consider himself very lucky. Of course there are lochs where the fish are not abundant, and a beginner may come across as many as an older fisher but we speak of lochs where there are fish to be caught, and where each has a fair chance. Again, it is said that the boatman has as much to do with catching trout in a loch as the angler. Well, we dont deny that. In an untried loch it is necessary to have the guidance of a good boatman but the same argument holds good as to stream-fishing...

Curious Punishments of Bygone Days, 1929

release date: Jun 01, 2003
Curious Punishments of Bygone Days, 1929
In ransacking old court records, newspapers, diaries and letters for the historic foundation of the books Ms. Earle wrote on colonial history, she found and noted much of interest which was not used or referred to in any of those books. An accumulation of notes on old-time laws, punishments and penalties evoked this volume. The subject is not a pleasant one, though it often has a humorous element; but a punishment that is obsolete gains an interest and dignity from antiquity and its history becomes endurable because it has a past only and no future. Contents: bilboes; ducking stool; stocks/ pillory; punishments of authors and books; whipping post; scarlet letter; branks and gags; public penance; military punishments; branding and maiming.
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