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Diana.....it was and is my opinion (until demonstrated otherwise) that PILI
as a publication is 80% shaky and the 80% number grows every year.....really,
sort of by default mathematics.
PILI brings out almost every year or so a new (@ 2" or 3" thick) handsomely
bound volume of presumably newly discovered "passenger lists" virtually all
advertised as "colonial." or at least "early". I say
just no way that many NEW colonial or even "early" passenger lists could be
suddenly ressurected our of the few mostly east coast ports of entry records
EVERY year as late the year 2000.
Still, most every library steps up and takes the bait and buys the newest
volume every year, even three inches or so thick. I'd guess the price at
about 75+ bucks a pop even at the library price. We should all have such a
deal going as Mr. PILI.
Somebody a while back puzzled over a PILI "study" which implied that perhaps
there were 7 Francis'es since he appeared in PILI 7 times. . Or, in the
alternative, Francis made 7 trips back to England to fetch more folks to rack
up 40 acres of headrights for himself for each "head" brought back on the
return trip. .
The evidence (which just about leaped off the pages) showed that there were
NO seven Francises......nor had Francis made 7 trips back and forth to
England. Francis simply got his name in "the book" 7 times because the he
is the guy who paid for the passage and is thereby assumed (by PILI's method)
to be "the" INCOMING immigrant himself or herself who BROUGHT (with him)
"heads" (nothing like "filling up pages").
So, if you're the guy paying for the trans-Atlantic passage, you look like a
7-times immigrant but only on paper. Fetching bodies was just the default
"qualifier" for simply getting one's name in the book as an immigrant each
time. I'm cynical about the notion that any prospective headright owner paid
in advance for such a chancy trans-Atlantic bet until the "live" merchandise
arrived.. The guy who earned the headrights for importing passengers could
hardly be expected to pay for whatever was not "living" goods.....regardless
of what Mr. PILI thinks or publishes.
And I suppose, at the most cynical level, this is how Mr. PILI sells a ton
of books each year to naive libraries. Set me straight on this one, would
you? I really want to buy Mr. Pili's line because its so seductive......but
my headbone remains skeptical.
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