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Robert Love’s Warnings: Searching for Strangers in Colonial Boston by Cornelia H. Dayton, Sharon V. Salinger (review)

Robert Love’s Warnings: Searching for Strangers in Colonial Boston by Cornelia H. Dayton, Sharon... 798 } EARLY AMERICAN LITERATURE: VOLUME 52 , NUMBER 3 Robert Love’s Warnings: Searching for Strangers in Colonial Boston cornelia h. dayton and sharon v. salinger Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014 260 pp. Robert Love, the historical figure at the center of Cornelia H. Dayton’s and Sharon V. Salinger’s book Robert Love’s Warnings: Searching for Strangers in Colonial Boston, is a fascinating character. After immigrating with his parents from Ireland (but being of Ulster Scottish descent), Love moved around several colonies before he settled in Boston. There he engaged in business enterprises with little to modest success, became a full member of the First Church, and had minor encounters with the legal system. Love was never able to rise beyond the social status of the lower middling sort, which meant that he was unable to vote due to property restrictions and which also set him apart from those who had previously occupied the office of “warner.” Despite his lower social status, Love was well known in the city, earning him several obituaries when he died in 1774 at the age of seventy-­ even. Unbeknownst to him, during his tenure as Boston’s warner he created an invaluable and unique http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Early American Literature University of North Carolina Press

Robert Love’s Warnings: Searching for Strangers in Colonial Boston by Cornelia H. Dayton, Sharon V. Salinger (review)

Early American Literature , Volume 52 (3) – Oct 31, 2017

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798 } EARLY AMERICAN LITERATURE: VOLUME 52 , NUMBER 3 Robert Love’s Warnings: Searching for Strangers in Colonial Boston cornelia h. dayton and sharon v. salinger Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014 260 pp. Robert Love, the historical figure at the center of Cornelia H. Dayton’s and Sharon V. Salinger’s book Robert Love’s Warnings: Searching for Strangers in Colonial Boston, is a fascinating character. After immigrating with his parents from Ireland (but being of Ulster Scottish descent), Love moved around several colonies before he settled in Boston. There he engaged in business enterprises with little to modest success, became a full member of the First Church, and had minor encounters with the legal system. Love was never able to rise beyond the social status of the lower middling sort, which meant that he was unable to vote due to property restrictions and which also set him apart from those who had previously occupied the office of “warner.” Despite his lower social status, Love was well known in the city, earning him several obituaries when he died in 1774 at the age of seventy-­ even. Unbeknownst to him, during his tenure as Boston’s warner he created an invaluable and unique

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Early American LiteratureUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Oct 31, 2017

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