Betrayal and Corruption

At the end of the trial of Claudia McDover the judge, in a prepared text –

…lashed out at her “astonishing greed,” her “sickening dishonesty,” her “cowardly betrayal” of the trust given her by the voters. A stable society is built on notions of fairness and justice and it’s left to “judges like you and me” to make sure all citizens are protected from the corrupt, the violent, and the forces of evil.

John Grisham, The Whistler, last page.

Think Geoffrey Cox, Attorney General of the United Kingdom, and Tommy Robinson. Not forgetting the incarceration in prison or psychiatric hospitals of other British whistleblowers who have spoken out against the abuse, rape, torture and murder of children. And across the pond, Chelsea Manning, another victim of a contemptible court.


Flora on Snowdrops


…All round the ivied bank of the garden hedge the snowdrops hang their delicate heads, daring the wet and cold in their own miraculous way.

There is a mystic loveliness about the snowdrop, rising as it does from the dark and sodden earth, so pure and frail and spotless. It is everybody’s flower, beloved of all in town and country alike, for is it not the first signal of all to tell us the year has begun, and soon the spring will be here…

It is quite possible that England owes the introduction of the snowdrop to St. Francis, for although botanists have surmised its importation by the Romans, there is no proof of it; and what more natural than that some gardening friar under orders for England should take his last look round the Italian garden he was leaving and add to the selection of vegetable and pot-herb roots a few bulbs of the snowdrop, which, planted in the newly made garden of the English monastery, would serve as a memento both of the dearly loved founder of his Order and as a symbol of the pure grace and simplicity of that Lady Poverty whose servant he was?

Flora Thompson, A Country Calendar



Setting a Record Straight

The firstborn son of master mariner Richard CORTIS, (yesterday’s post), married Mary Jane GREEN, daughter of William GREEN and Maria TAYLOR. There are two versions at least of Mary Jane on the FamilySearch tree but in one she is a plain Jane.



Although I am confident I have correctly identified Mary Jane’s parents, for reasons that will soon become clear, putting them on FST is not straightforward. They had three children at least, so each parent has two, perhaps more, duplicate records. Merges ahead.

It bothered Maria TAYLOR Green so much that her firstborn was incorrectly entered in the Holy Trinity church register that she wrote a letter that has been preserved and, getting on for 200 years later, digitized. Unfortunately, the FST “system” has dutifully captured only the original christening entry, ignoring a minister’s explanatory note, as well as Maria’s letter.

It isn’t clear when Maria noticed the error but Mary Jane was over thirty years old when her mother requested that it be corrected, and had just a few more years to live. (It appears that an Act of Parliament may have made it easier for such a restitution to be made.) The letter was witnessed by Robert Milford TAYLOR, JP, East Riding of York. (At the 1881 census a 70-year-old man of that name was listed as the widowed Vicar of Hunmanby. I hope to uncover his relationship to Maria sometime.)

Here is the letter, via Find My Past, a partner to FamilySearch.