Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Edwards and his pipe ...

Dodds doesn't offer a source for this charming story about JE and the long pipe - does anyone have a reliable footnote for this? I don't think Marsden mentions this incident.

'This was his hour to unbend completely. He enjoyed a long pipe, and twice within one three months' period, ordered a dozen of them. (This is a lapse in the usual Edwards rectitude, for the General Court had ordered that no one should smoke tobacco even in his own house "with a relative or friend.") The children knew they could save their questions and have their father's full attention at that precious hour when, without his wig and smoking his pipe, he was a different man from the one the parish usually saw.'

From Elizabeth Dodds, Marriage to a Difficult Man: The Uncommon Union of Jonathan and Sarah Edwards (reissued Audubon Press, 2004), 50.


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