Manuscript Document, signed, being a court deposition regarding the behavior of Capt. Christopher Taylor of Boston. Jeremiah Allen, treasurer, receiver general for Massachusetts.

Manuscript Document, signed, being a court deposition regarding the behavior of Capt. Christopher Taylor of Boston.

Boston: April 4, 1721.

One page, in ink. 1 vols. 31 x 20 cm. Trace of former mounting at left margin, slight soiling. Item #300390

“Jeremiah Allen of full adge testifieth that on Saturday last being the 1st of April towards the evening he the deponent met with Capt. Christopher Taylor in Schoolstreet, who spoke words very disagreeable to me the deponent, and seemed (to me the deponent) delirious …”

Although we do not know the reason for the deposition, “sworne in court”, it is clear that Capt. Taylor, a merchant seaman, was something of a pest and a troublemaker, frequently involved in controversy, as well as a contributor to the COURANT: “Captain Christopher Taylor (ca. 1677-1734) was a hypocrite. He contributed seven pieces to the annotated COURANT … [he] lived with and had a child by his maid Anne Bell, but often denounced immorality and licentiousness in the COURANT. On one occasion he insulted Governor Shute in a ‘rude and insolent manner’…” (Lemay, THE LIFE OF BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, pp. 106-107). Taylor’s father, like Jeremiah Allen, was Treasurer of the Province.

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