The sea chest with four hundred pounds sterling cleverly hidden in a secret compartment rested abandoned on the quay as the square-rigger put out from England in a freshening breeze. Young Richard Holt, the now penniless owner of the chest, was headed for Philadelphia in the tumultuous year of 1774, and this is the story of how he "redeemed" himself. A lively tale of what life was like in the years just before and during the Revolution, the metamorphosis of a young English lab into a loyal American, wild and dangerous adventures with thieves and foot-pads, a warming love story, all this and much more you will find in The Redemptioner. Life was rugged, full of danger, and uncertain at best in these years in the Pennsylvania Dutch country. The author, the late Isaac Rusling Pennypacker, was a diligent researcher in addition to being a most creative writer. In The Redemptioner he has combined these talents to tell an absorbing story and to give the reader an effective feeling of life at the birth of these United States.
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About the Author
Inheriting the newspaper tradition from his father , one of the best known newspapermen of his day, George A. Hough, Jr., was born in New Bedford in 1894, and knew the old waterfront in its last days of whaling. His maternal grandfather was a Vineyard whaling master, and that island was his summer home for years. Upon graduation from Columbia University’s School of Journalism, he became a reporter and re-write man on the New York World, rising to the day city editor’s position. In 1929 he became editor and publisher of the Falmouth Enterprise on Cape Cod, beginning an association which has since carried on with his wife and son. His interest in the City of Columbus story was strengthened as he pursued his research.