On This Day: 24 August 1707

On this day in 1707, Henry Smith was in Edinburgh where he kept a diary. The ne’er-do-well relative of Thomas Bowrey had been sent to Edinburgh to investigate the financial ramifications following the seizure of the Worcester and the executions of three of the crew. Smith kept a diary between 19 August and 1 October, I suspect to enable him to account for his time to Bowrey.

24 August was Smith’s first Sunday in Edinburgh and, consequently, nothing is recorded. From the defensive letters he had been sending to Bowrey, I suspect that Smith enjoyed his day of rest even if much was spent in church. When he was in Newgate Gaol  many years before, Smith had requested Bowrey to send him a bible. From this, it can be assumed that his faith was important to him, at least in times of stress such as he was experiencing in Edinburgh where he was having to keep the purpose of his visit secret.

 

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