Saturday, August 22, 2009

Banned in Boston . 2 | Boston News-Letter . 4

... continued from August 10.

If Mr. Clemens cannot think of something better to tell our pure-minded lads and lasses, he had better stop writing for them.

Louisa May Alcott on Huckleberry Finn. Twain quipped that her comment would boost his sales by 25,000 copies.

Watch and Ward was anachronistically named after the old English quasi-police forces mandated with maintaining law and order, but such groups were neither new to the city nor unique to Boston. Vigilance committees - unofficial groups of citizens concerned with monitoring and controlling certain aspects of public behavior and welfare - were a tradition stretching back to the first settlers.

In the works ...