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1847.18 Holiday Round Ball in NH

Age of Players:

Youth

"Fast.  This time-hallowed, if not time-honored occasion, was observed in the usual way.  The ministers preached to pews exhibiting a beggarly emptiness, upon the sins of the nation -- a frightful subject enough, heaven knows.  The b-hoys smoked cigars, kicked football, played round ball, long ball, and old cat, and went generally into the outward observances peculiar to the occasion. [Nashua (NH) Telegraph]."

Sources:

Nashua Telegraph, as reported in the Boston Currier, April 14, 1847

Comment:

Stephen Katz observes: "The "fast" referred to was probably Thanksgiving, celebrated on April 13, 1847."

Query:

"Long ball": See 1853.20.

"B-hoys": See 1847.14.

Can we determine the ages of the players?

 

Year
1847
Item
1847.18
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