RELIGION
07/31/2014 08:25 am ET Updated Jul 31, 2014

In Church Attics, Records Contain Rich Insights Into Early American Life

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STURBRIDGE, Mass. — Sarah Blanchard was sorry she skipped a worship service. Sarah Wood apologized for denouncing infant baptisms. And as for the Cheneys, Joseph and Abigail? Well, “with shame, humiliation and sorrow,” they acknowledged having had sex before marriage.

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