Monday, October 07, 2019

So it was written, so must have it been done.

The Key West Citizen newspaper has, for along as I can recall, published a feature titled Today in Keys History.  The column has been printing excerpts from the diary of one William Hackney, an early resident of the city.  The following item was  found in the diary for this day, February 14, 1831

David L. Wakely, a tailor, died this morning. For nearly twelve months he was a steady and uncommonly industrious man until in an evil hour he was summoned as a member of the grand jury at the last November term of the Superior Court since which time he has been constantly intoxicated and has fallen victim of his love for ardent spirits.


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