Wisdom of the Early Moderns: Don’t piss off your relatives

Advertisement in the Flying Post newspaper of June 2-4, 1702 O.S.

The Flying Post, June 2-4, 1702

“Whereas one John Clark, aged 21 Years, went away clandestinly from his Relations in London, having imbezzel’d some valuable Goods of theirs, and has sculk’d ever since August last about Exeter, Plymouth, Tavistoke, Barnstable, and other Parts in the West, leading a vagrant and inaccountable Life: His said Relations, who have always found him incorrigible, desire that the said John Clark may be compelled to serve Her Majesty at Sea, he having been already several Voyages, and fit to serve only in Sea Affairs.”

Now that’s what you call an intervention. Note as well the skulking reference.

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One response to “Wisdom of the Early Moderns: Don’t piss off your relatives”

  1. Erik Lund says :

    Given that, at the age of 11, young Master Clarke has already been sent to sea several times, I get the feeling that he pissed off his relatives a good while before he ran away.

    That being said, this might be like the advertisements for the return of runaway indentured servants that offer one-penny rewards. It fulfills some legall requirement to waive parental rights, and so clears John’s path to sea service.

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