Monday, February 05, 2007

The Perpetrator Shall Remain Nameless

This comes from an interesting little book on Boston called Curiosities of History:

In 1640, in the case of Josias Plaistow for stealing four baskets of corn from the Indians, he was ordered to return eight baskets, "to be fined £5, and to be called Josias, and not Josias Plaistow, as he formerly used to be." [p. 50]

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