Saturday, January 24, 2009

Party Like It's 1676

Found this while finishing up a lineage worksheet for an old friend:

"Thomas Stebbins and wife were presented to Ye Grand Jury, to ye Court of Northampton, March 26, 1676 for the wearing of silk and saytin in a flouting manner and attire, for long hair and other extravagancies contrary to honest labour, order and demeanor not becoming a wilderness state and ye profession of Christianity and Religion." (Chapter 3, Stebbins Notes)

At least the Stebbinses kept their hairdresser and tailor busy! Must have been tough to muck out stables in all that silk and satin, though. I'd give anything to find a portrait of this stylish couple.

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