Wednesday, May 7, 2008

From Francis Bernard To Deval Partrick - A Long Road

Francis Bernard was Colonial Governor at a time when the citizens of Massachusetts were setting themselves firmly against what they saw as misrule by the home country. His summer estate sat somewhere near Pond street, just south of Jamaica Pond. He played a significant role in Revolutionary Boston, but what caught my eye was the passing reference made below.

The following is taken from The Beginnings of the American Revolution, by Ellen Chase.

"Upon the Governor's departure, the Jamaica Plain house was let, and Lady Bernard and the children removed to "Cherry House," near Boston, accompanied by Cato, their black slave, and the negro coachman. "

Add one to the Jamaica Plain slave count.

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