1748 Man Convicted for “Swearing One Profane Oath”!
April 27, 1748-Dated Colonial Era, Manuscript Document Signed, “Saml. White” (April 2, 1710 – March 20, 1769), being a Court conviction for “Swearing One Profane Oath”, Bristol County (Massachusetts), Choice Very Fine.
This original Manuscript Document is well penned on clean period laid paper, measuring 7.25” x 2.25”, County of Bristol (Mass.). Red wax seal at upper left. This Document reads: “Bristol ... Be it Remembered that on the 27th Day of April in the 21st year of His Majesty’s Reign James Golfin was Convicted Before me one of His Majesty’s Justices of the peace for the county of Bristol of Swearing one profane Oath Given under my hand & Seal the Day & year aforesaid - (Signed) Saml. White” as justice of the peace. Reverse in signed in acknowledgment “James Golfin”. Samuel White (April 2, 1710 – March 20, 1769) was a prominent lawyer in the Province of Massachusetts Bay. A wonderful example of Profanity being against the Colonial “Blue Laws” in early Massachusetts.