Inside Bennington Museum's collection: James Hicks' Apology to Margaret Adams, 1835

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Widow Margaret Adams was not impressed with James Hicks' romantic advances. He was so angry about her refusal that he started spreading rumors about his relationship with her. She fought back with some sharp words of her own. Both were members of the Old First Church, which did not approve of their quarrel. The church compelled Hicks to publish a public apology to Margaret Adams. This one was sent by her son John to William Brockway, who in turn passed it along to James Gibson of Salem, New York. It probably did not travel as far as the original gossip.

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