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James Webb (1795-1833)

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Re: James Webb (1795-1833)

Posted: 10 Aug 2012 8:37AM GMT
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The reference is a book entitled, "New Bern 50 Years Ago", by Stephen Miller, circa 1870. In the book, Miller is giving a short narrative of influential men around the town. And, at the very end of the list is James Barney's name. The exact words Miller used are as follows: "Near the county wharf, kept a house of entertainment for seafaring people, whose boisterous merriment, and good natured singular phrases afforded amusement to passers-by, except when these sons of Neptune quaffed too freely the fumes of Bacchus. On such occasion they often had to be quieted by the Police. Mr Barney was a droll wit himself, and knew how to manage his noisy guests?.

A droll wit is defined as a joker or jester, and Bacchus was the greek god of drink and revelry. I like the way the guy Miller writes, which was probably pretty typical at the time.
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