puncheon 'made of puncheons' 1689

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Fri May 2 15:45:51 UTC 2008

In his diary, Samuel Sewall lists the various containers and other
individual items he lades aboard the ship taking him back from
England to New England.  1689 Aug. 13:

"Number S.S. 2 Punchin Books: No. 3 Punchin Cordage; 4 Barrel Cheese;
5. Barrel Pease; 6. 7. 8 Three small Trunks ..."

In _The Diary of Samuel Sewall_, ed. M. Halsey Thomas (Farrar, Straus
and Giroux, 1973), vol. 1, p. 235.

puncheon OED3 n.1 sense 5.b 'made of puncheons' [split logs with one
smoothed surface] antedates 1754-.


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