Update on the JP-Magistrate thing
Posted by Caroline on September 06, 1998 at 23:13:31:
In order to unconfuse myself, after completely clouding this issue, I'm in the process of a close perusal of the text I was using as my argument.(no hard task...I'm giggling over every page.) So far, I have ascertained that Squire Allworthy is, in fact, both JP and Magistrate. I cannot yet find either epithet applied to Squire Weston .
Whilst this does not, in itself, prove that the two terms may be used interchangeably, I'm more inclined to believe it than I was. I therefore apologise to you all for my obduracy in suspecting that the case was otherwise.
If there's a moral to this, it's that primary sources are always better than secondary ones. It was Trevelyan who said that Squire W was the JP, not me. But I suppose even a really famous historian, writing in an age when book publishing was still a gentlemanly industry, is entitled to make one mistake, eh? (and I still might find out that Squire W is one too)
- You've inspired me to reread "Tom Jones," Caroline! NFM SuzanneR 15:17:39 9/07/98 (0)
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