Schoenbrunn Broadside

Finally finished the broadside for the first annual fair at Schoenbrunn Village. I'm very pleased with how it turned out! The overall size of the piece is 11x17 inches. Please make note that I have included Mr. Jas. Moore, the bible binder at the top left and myself a few spaces over, as we are both planning to attend this event. The three cabins pictured are three of the 17 cabins at the site, the oxen is one of Mr. G. Barker's and the native is Mr. T. Greene.

The young lady on the bottom row is Lizzie, and the white pony in the next box is her "Muffet", who recently passed away. I thought I'd put them together one last time... even if it was just in print.


I discovered this on Mrs. Woffington's journal today and wanted to share it with everyone. I thought the Doctor's and Surgeon's might be especially interested in having a look. Ah, if only I had enough money to purchase these treatises! I would reproduce them so that they could be shared among my collegues in the realm of Physick, and the money to be made off of such reproductions would please me to no end.

I would be VERY interested in learning what the book on Dentistry had to say about things, particularly in regard to the 'Goat's Foot Elevator' and its proper use.

This is the book from 1712 that details the procedures on amputation.
The cover that I can see clearly seems to read:

Of the Operations of
Wherein are mechanically explain'd
The CAUSES of the Diseases in
which they are needful, groun-
ded on the Structure of the Part;
their SIGN and SYMPTOMS.
Many New REMARKS after
To which is added,
A Treatise of WOUNDS and their
Proper and Methodical Dressings.
Enlarg'd with an Account of the Ban-
dages, and other Apparatus necessary in
each Operation.
Translated from the Third Edition of the ....
.......'d C........ and Revis'd by the Author,

After the author's name I am unable to read the print...

This is the treatise on Dentistry.

A special thank you to Mrs. Woffington who posted these in her own Journal!

Meet ME

Found this list on another website and thought it would be fun to do...

Astrology sign - Capricorn
Gender - Male

Eye color - Brown

Favorite color - Brown-ish or some combo of brown and blue
Glasses - Yes, since I was in Jr. High

Tattoos - No thanks

Hometown - Old Hickory
Single or taken - in a relationship

Children's names - Lucy, Molly, Rosie, Sophie


Cut your own hair?: …as a kid I seem to recall chopping out a small bit, but I was old enough to know better, and didn't take much. I occasionally will chop at my hair nowadays when it irritates me.
Did you do something in the past month that you regret?: Oh sure, a few.

Skipped school?: Yes, in high school.

Bungee-jumped?: Yes
Punched someone?: Yes

Cheated on a test : A few times in High School... Spanish was a killer!
Broken into someone’s house?: My own, several times. I'm bad about leaving my keys on the kitchen counter.

Been to a funeral?: Yes

Used a lighter?: Yes


Season - Autumn
Food - Breakfast foods
Ice cream flavor - Vanilla

Candy - Black licorice
Breakfast - I've been doing English Muffins alot of late.
Book - The Count of Monte Cristo, Band of Brothers

Song - Hmmmm, too many to name.

Place - My home.
Sport to watch on TV - Who watches sports?
Disney movie - The Toy Story movies are fun

Name for a son - Major, Sergeant, General... anything that sounds like a rank would be fun

Name for a daughter - Zuzu


Chocolate or vanilla?: Vanilla, but not just ANY vanilla...

Coffee or Tea?: Earl Grey all the way!
Dogs or cats?: CATS!

Scary movies or comedies?: Comedies, but I can't pass up a good Zombie movie!

Short or long hair on the opposite sex: Both are good depending on the gal.

Croutons or bacon bits?: Bleh! Seriously? Why is this even an option?


Chainsaws - Haunted House
School - Work

Cows - Moo
Canada - uhmm... er... uh....

Mouse - Mickey
Hand - Model


Talked on the phone?: Yes

Watched a movie?: The BBC Version of "Pride & Prejudice"

Cried?: No.
Smoked?: no

Drank a glass of water?: I think so...

Used drugs?: No

Read a book or magazine?: The Age of Agony

Watched TV?: Lots of weather and bits and pieces of Idol and Biggest Loser

Looked in the mirror?: Yes

Taken a shower?: Yes

Taken a picture?: No

Listened to music?: Yes

Told someone you love them?: Yes :)


Thought I'd take a moment to share a piece of a design I'm doing for an event in Ohio in October. I'm very pleased with how it's coming so far. From Left to right, James Moore the Bible Man, one of Gerry Barker's oxen, The Doctor, a Cabin on the site where the fair is to be held, Tyler Greene as a native... and some lady who I don't know.

Updated Promotional Piece

Here are the newly updated pages from my self promo piece, designed by the hand of the Doctor himself. I had to make a few small changes to the third page, and while I was in there, I added the new image of my surgical tools at the bottom there. I'm very pleased overall with this piece and will begin sending it out again soon.

Dried Apples and Rat Bites

More fun from 'History Bill' as he visits Rock Castle in Hendersonville. In this video, Tom Verinchick answers the door as Daniel Smith, B.L. Rhodes from the Tennessee State Museum as the printer George Roulstone, and Wayne Milton again... not as Daniel Boone, this time he's the beggar fellow.


It was October 27th of last year that I altered the format of my little journal here in an effort to make it more enjoyable to read as well as write.

I planned to write all my 'in-character' posts in regular text, and all of my out-of-character posts and photo captions in italics.

Now for a little informal survey... I'd like to know what you think so far? What do you like, what do you hate? Totally don't care? Take a moment to comment and let me know what you think!

You can also let me know that you're paying attention other ways... comment on a post you find interesting by clicking on the spot that says "0 Comments" at the foot of every post... or become a 'follower' of my journal by clicking on the "Follow this Blog" button just bellow where it says "My Followers". And the best part of that is, you don't have to be a member of Blogger to be a follower.


I had made plans to attend the first instructional weekend hosted by the Army of the Geographer on Rock Hill Farm in Mercersberg, Penn. last year, but was unable to attend when my travel companion announced at the last minute that he would be unable to make the voyage.

Even though it was to be bitterly cold in that part of the country, we were to be put up in the old farm house there on the property. I even had a heavy wool overshirt made so as to combat the cold. I made good use of said overshirt at the Feb.y militia muster at Mansker's Station last year.

My attempts to teach myself the art of Surveying have met with poor results and much frustration. I purchased Mr. S. Wyld's treatise entitled 'The Practical Surveyor', and have met with no success. Mr. Wyld's writings are those of a man who knows well what he is doing, but has no idea how the relate it to others via the written word. I am equally as flumoxed by his drawings. I think that it may be that it was originally penned in 1725, the language being such that my father might well have understood it, but I find it to be a bit antiquated.

In creating my schedule for this present year, I have discovered that the Army of the Geographer is planning to hold another of their 'institutes' in Jan.ry of next year. Therefore, I have decided to attempt the trip again in order to learn this elusive art. Perhaps if I have those that are knowledgeable to teach me, I will be able to pick it up. Otherwise I fear that I will never learn how to properly measure off land.

For the week of Jan 12.

I have been informed that my new surgical implements are on their way and I should have them in hand before the week is out. Perhaps they will even arrive before my meeting on Thursday with a group of young scholars concerning the Art & Mystery of Physick, and the importance of history.

I was informed last night by Mr. Ruley that the March militia muster at Red River Meeting House has been rescheduled to April 4th, which, upon examining my calendar, will bring it into conflict with my attempt to travel to Prickett's Fort during that same time.

Mr. T. Ruley, Parson John, and a woman I believe might be Maggie... although I have never before seen her this clean.

On to the subject of Mr. Daniel Boone, I have finished the promotional piece that I started toward the end of last year for him. I am sending it along to him for final approval before printing them en masse. I believe that this piece will lead to other design work in the 18th century community.

To see the inside of this piece, visit my creative blahg at:


I have had a renewed interest in sailing and tall ships since my multiple viewings of Master & Commander just before Christmas. Whilst doing some clicking about, what I do online could hardly qualify as 'research', I tripped across a new website!

While I am generally not a fan of the 'pirate' side of 18th century interpretation... especially given the penchant for the local land-locked pirates to look a little too much like a certain Mr. Depp... I discovered a group that could potentially change my mind.

These fine fellows really seem to have a heart for creating a historically accurate image of pirates from their respected eras, and not the cheezy fantasy pirates you see at sci-fi and fantasy conventions. That being said, I may have just completely alienated ANY fans that I have. Sigh.

On a completely unrelated note, 'The Doctor' turns 264 years old today! Funny, he doesn't look a day over 250 to me... but I might be a bit biased.

In His Majesty's Service part II

Signature of Royal Governor George Clinton

An example of a handwritten warrant. Printed in homemade walnut ink on ivory 24 lb stock. Royal crest at top is printed in black, sealed at the bottom with His Majesty's coat of arms in red wax.

In His Majesty's service

An example of a mock up of some custom paperwork being created even as I type this. This is NOT the finished product, just a dummy to show the customer roughly what the finished piece will look like. The red circle will be the wax seal stamped with His Majesty's royal crest.

Custom paperwork is created on an individual basis from customer to customer and prices will vary depending on difficulty.

The Text reads:

This shall serve as Warrant from His Majesty the King, the Royal Governor of the New York Province, His Majesty's Secretary, the Surveyor General or a designated agent of His Majesty, to claim a tract of land suitable for a forted station in the region of the German Flats below the Little Falls of the Mohawk River. The Survey being so made as aforesaid be the better enabled to defend and protect His Majesty's interests in said region.

Therefore, Major Wm. Bennett to whom I am advised by his Majes: Council to grant His Majesty's Letters Patent, has been directed in his Majesty's Commission & Instruction, to secure the Tract of Land aforesaid, which is to be no less than 200 acres, and further ordered to build a fortified station suitable to the proper defense and protection of His Majesty's interests and property. And for so doing this shall be your sufficient Warrant.

Given under my Hand and this Seal at Arms at Fort George in the City of New York the fifteenth day of October one thousand seven hundred and fifty.

Geo. Clinton

From Keith Burgess by way of Capt. Hickey

I originally got this information by way of an email from Martin Hickey... who apparently cut and pasted it from a piece that was written by Keith Burgess at

In the 1756-1760 journal of Louis Antoine de Bougainville, there is an inventory of clothing and equipment issued to French soldiers going on a winter expedition in the New World. It reads as follows:

One overcoat

One blanket

One wool cap

Two cotton shirts

One pair of mitasses

(A type of legging)

One breechclout

Two hanks of thread

Six needles

Two pair of deerskin shoes

One dressed deerskin

Two portage collars

One butcher's knife

One pair of snowshoes

*One tarpaulin per officer, one large one to every four men*

Two Siamese knives

(clasp or folding knives).

One waistcoat

One awl

One tinderbox

(the word "tinderbox" was also used to denote flint & steel).

One drag rope

One comb

One worm

(fits the end of a cleaning rod or ramrod, for wrapping tow around for cleaning the barrel)

One bearskin
(could be a bearskin, or could mean a course blanket).

One tomahawk

Two pair of stockings

One pair of mittens

Here at last we have mention of a "tarpaulin", a canvas shelter; "One
tarpaulin per officer, one large one to every four men". The translation
from French to English could also mean an oilcloth or a plain untreated
canvas. In the Webster's dictionary a tarpaulin is a: "canvas treated with
tar or oil". The Oxford dictionary says: "waterproof cloth Esp. of tarred
canvas". Tar in the 18th century was pine pitch.

A return from our Northern adventure

I have returned from the frozen North intact and in good humor thanks in no small part to the hospitality of our hosts, the Llewellyn family.

The snow was knee deep upon the roof of their home, causing no end of difficultly with leaks. With diligent attention from the master of the house, the tides were eventually abated.

Never in my life have a experienced a fog as thick as the one I bore witness to on Saturday the 27th. The landscape was covered in a thick white veil, such that I could scarcely see objects directly before me! This made travel extremely difficult and slow, so much so, that I missed my mother's wedding to the Widower, Rev. C. Fraser.

My time in the North was primarily spent in the exploration of the out of doors and the wooded area about the house. Whilst out, we spotted a large number of Turkey, Deer, Rabbit & my first Black Squirrel. And from the kitchen window, we could spot the most lovely assortment of birds as they visited the feeder in the tree just beyond.

The girls and I went for an exploratory walk in the snow, venturing into the woods across the road from the house. We wandered for a long time, following deer paths and examining footprints. The drifts finally became too deep for Sophia, so I carried her on my back. Eventually, the girls got cold and began to complain about the difficulty of traveling in the deep snow. Lucy, Rose, Sophia and I headed back for the house whilst Molly went forward with Miss Elizabeth, my brave little Molly! She said that once she had begun an adventure, she meant to finish it, so they continued on to the neighbor's house.

I carried Sophia on my back as Lucy and Rose followed. We stopped at a small structure that served as a deer blind and rested. Sophia is not a natural rider, and made the task of carrying her quite difficult. I climbed up and broke off several large icicles from the roof for each of the girls to eat, as each complained that they were thirsty. I used a long stick to draw an arrow in the snow to indicate the direction in which we were going, in the event that Miss Elizabeth and Molly were to change their minds and head back in our present direction.

We pushed onward, but the wind was fierce... so we made a detour into a vacant barn to get out of the elements. There was evidence of work having gone on there, but it had been some time past. The girls and I stayed only long enough to rest, then it was out to the road and back to the house. Sophia, who is four years old, announced that she hated snow.

On our way back to the land below the Ohio, we stopped off at Jas. Townsend and Son to pick up a new bonnet for Lucy and a few items for myself. I have therefore adjusted my Wish List accordingly. I had never before been in their shop, always having done business with them via the post and their catalogue. They are a lovely lot, very friendly and easy to do business with and would highly recommend them to all that I know.

I have recently struck up a deal with a fellow from Maine to acquire his surgical set for a reasonable sum to replace the instruments I lost upon my flight from Mansker his station. While I have been able to get by with the instruments so generously given to me by the goode Surgeon R. Operia, this new more extensive set will allow me to perform more detailed surgeries and demonstrations, as well as resuming my foray into the realm of dentistry.