QOTD Adams on Virtue

“Statesmen, my dear Sir, may plan and speculate for Liberty, but it is Religion and Morality alone, which can establish the Principles upon which Freedom can securely stand. The only foundation of a free Constitution is pure Virtue, and… Read More

Records of a Salem Vessel in 1803: Featured Documents from the National Archives at Boston

Speaking of Custom House… This online exhibit from the National Archives about early 19th century merchant shipping and its paper trail is amazing. I’ve referred to it again and again as I continue with Book Two revisions. From… Read More

Story Research: Current Go-To Books on the Bookshelf

I love perusing other people’s bookshelves. Don’t you? As a historical fiction writer, I spend much of my time doing research. Below is a sampling of the books currently sitting on my bookshelf. Have fun browsing! Bulfinch’s Boston,… Read More

Tax Collectors There Must Be: Inside Custom House

Remember that little kerfuffle we call the American Revolutionary War? Remember what started it all? Taxes. In Book One of my current work-in-progress, the male lead character, Josiah, is offered a job as a secret agent, gathering intelligence… Read More

From Nothing to Something: Nathaniel Silsbee

Josiah, the male lead of my historical work-in-progress, is not only first mate on a merchant ship, but a small-time merchant himself. His captain allows him a share of cargo space in exchange for a cut of his… Read More

Introducing the Story: Welcome to Federalist Boston

Introducing the setting to my upcoming four-part historical fiction continuity series. Boston, 1792. Four years after the ratification of the United States Constitution. Three years after it came into force. George Washington is president. John Adams is his… Read More