Last month Boston 1775 reader John C. Beasley sent me a query about this picture of a house from Old Boston Days and Ways, written by Mary Caroline Crawford and published in 1909. It appears on page 86.
The caption identifies that building as Gen. Thomas Gage’s “military headquarters,” which raises two questions:
- What’s the basis for that statement? Old Boston Days and Ways doesn’t mention this building anywhere else.
- How does this caption square with Crawford’s statement on another page that Gage used the Province House as his Boston headquarters?
TOMORROW: House hunting in colonial Boston.