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Harbor just across the public way that bounded the property on the water side.

By this time William had business dealings with one Philippe

L’Anglois, a French-speaking merchant from the Isle of Jersey who

had recently settled in Salem. His surname—variously spelled as Lan-glois, Langloys, L’Anglais, Lengloz, LeEnglays, and Lenglois—meant

“the Englishman.” He soon anglicized it to Philip English.

Family lore would spin a tale of a Huguenot Chevalier’s disinher-

ited son who defied his parents and ran away to sea at age twelve seeking his fortune, who fetched up in Massachusetts utterly penniless until Eleanor Hollingworth spied him trudging past her gate and, taking pity on the lad, offered him beer in a silver mug and invited him to stay.

In fact, however, English was on good terms with his Jersey kin,

Jersey law prevented him from being disinherited, he was not a

Huguenot refugee, and he had already established a network of trading contacts in France, Sweden, and Spain before taking advantage

of New World opportunities—so much for family lore. He evidently

did board with the Hollingworths between voyages and certainly conducted business with William as they traded with the West Indies

and Europe in Maine lumber, Virginia tobacco, and fish from Winter Island.

Nevertheless, William did not prosper as much as he may have


In 1672 he conveyed a house used as rental property to his unmar-

ried daughter Mary—or rather Eleanor did. Although she was offi-

cially acting on his behalf in this transaction, how much she decided on her own when he was away at sea is unclear. Perhaps the transfer was a means to protect income property; after all, for a short time later, on June 1, 1672, Eleanor again acted as attorney to mortgage their own home to Philip Cromwell (a Salem butcher wealthy enough to lend

money on the side) for £250 “in money and goods.”

But William’s string of bad luck continued.

In 1674, due to his losses at sea, the Salem selectmen granted his wife a license to keep an ordinary (a tavern where a set meal was

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offered) in her mortgaged house. Eleanor called it the Blue Anchor, and, as she had a brew house in the yard, she made the beer she sold.

Such licenses were renewable yearly on the condition that the business remain respectable and the premises be available “to provide for the accommodation of the courts and jurors, likewise all other matters of a public concern proper for them.”

The following year, on September 1, Mary (still in possession of the rental property) married her father’s colleague Philip English. He would be remembered as being “of middle stature and strong physically . . . high spirited: not ungenerous, impulsive withal, and at times choleric [i.e., with a temper] . . . kind to the poor, yet not over conciliatory to his peers.”


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