Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Wed Sep 23 21:09:09 UTC 2009

At 9/23/2009 04:32 PM, Joel S. Berson wrote:
>...  In a 1679 case, the charge was being abroad
>at unreasonable hours at night and drinking at a house after nine
>o"clock.  In another case, two men were outdoors in the company of
>two women at night; they were convicted for refusing to identify the
>women.  (One can speculate what the four were doing, but there is
>nothing in the court record.)

I just noticed that these two men were named (Robert) Butcher and
(Joseph) Baker.  Makes me wonder if the court recorder was funning
with the record!  Although Wikipedia tells me the first recorded
publication of the nursery rhyme was in 1798.


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