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Journal from ye 1st of March 1773
Mar 1st- Went with Mr Cutler in ye Morning to Leiut
Fields drank Egg Pop and from there to Hoyts
drank Cherry and then back to Lt Fields & dined &
in ye Afternoon to Dickinsons Shop drank Cherry from
there we went to Joiners and in ye Evening we had
a dance and I waited upon Mr C Williams the Co
were Doctr Barnard et lexor J Williams & Sister T. Cutler
Murray Dickinson Cooley Peggy Ingersoll & Vira do
with several other Gentleman and Ladies a very fine
Dance, the Co braking up I came and Lodged wth Murray
Tuesday Majr Murray paid ye fine of 10/0 to
Colo Thos Williams Esq for riding of a
Sunday from Hubbards in Sunderland to Deerfield he
complaind of himself up & ye Afternoon I began
to read Van Swietens Commentaries upon Boerhaaves
Aphorisms drank Tea with ye Ladies, in ye Evening
went to Lt Fields to get an order of Abatement wc he
promised he would make when he saw ye Selectmen
from there I went to Ensn Barnards & from there
went to Catlins wth Murray, and from Catlins we
went to Doctr Barnards and playd Checkers, Murray
married me to Vira and I married him to Peggy after
which Murray and Peggy in truth like married People
went to Bed in presence of Theod Barnard & Vira & myself
where I left them when I came away Theod took Vira away
& into ye Kitchen and them I see no more---
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Elihu Ashley was a physician from Deerfield, Massachusetts, and a member of a prominent family known for their Tory affiliation. These pages of his journal show Ashley's changing views of the political unrest in the American colonies as the Revolutionary War drew closer. While his early entries from 1773 focus on his social life and the courtship of his future wife, later pages reveal how Ashley became involved as the political climate grew more volatile in the months before the Revolution. In 1775, he cut down Deerfield's Liberty Pole, a symbol of dissent towards Great Britain, which had been erected by neighboring Whigs (or Patriots). He goes on to report the local response and outcome of the Battle of Lexington, the first open conflict in the war. As the war raged on and his friends took up arms for the colonists, Elihu distanced himself from Tory activities by refusing to meet with and assist English prisoners of war.
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Pages from Journal of Dr. Elihu Ashley
| author Dr. Elihu Ashley (1750-1817)
| date 1773-1775
| location Deerfield, Massachusetts
| height 7.0"
| width 4.25"
| process/materials manuscript, paper, ink
| item type Personal Documents/Journal
| accession # #L99.171
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