The Scarlet Letter

 

 

Real life Scarlett Letter: “single woman & spinster…did commit fornication [and] had a Bastard Child born of her body”

DS, signed “Ephrim Dean” as Foreman of the Grand Jury, September 8, 1772.

 

 “Betty Conoley, otherwise called Elizabeth Conoley of Easton…single woman & spinster…did commit fornication with a person to the Jurors aforesaid unknown and afterwards to wit on the last day of January…had a Bastard Child born of her body contrary to the Law of this Province against the peace of our Lord the King his Crown & Dignity in evil Example to others.”