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21; an English dandy of the 18th century who affected Continental ways; Etymology; Macaronic, 330; 426; Philip Dimdown, 365, 566; 770.

MacClenaghan, Reverend
260; "rousing Evangelist" in Philadelphia; 293

190; Bradley's superior; 192; 193; 557; 558

455; Macheath is a character from The Beggar's Opera written in 1728 by John Gay. The Beggar's Opera tells the story of a love triangle between the highwayman Macheath, his fence's daughter Polly and the jailer's daughter Lucy (who is pregnant with his child). Upon discovering the marriage of Macheath and his daughter, Peachum, the fence, determines to have Macheath sent to Newgate. Polly warns him but Macheath is betrayed by the whores he frolics with and is confined to Newgate. Lucy finds him there and being assured by MacHeath that the marriage was all in Polly's mind, helps him to escape. Macheath is again captured and is sentenced to be hung. As he is to be hung the jailor brings in four other wives - "with a child apiece." Macheath pronounces it too much and says he is ready to be hanged. At this point, in a scene aside, the author (the Beggar) is persuaded to change the ending from a hanging to a happy ending. Accordingly Macheath has to settle on one wife only (Polly). The Contemplator's Short History of John Gay and The Beggar's Opera

Mackay, Captain
658; "and the Highland Forty-second"

134; island off the north coast of Africa, north of the Canary Islands; occupied by the Portugese since the 16th century

298; 688

Maire, Father Christopher
215; Jesuit Priest; "Mr. Emerson's distant Cousin Ambrose, of Godless London" 227; 691; "Boscovich and" 699

419; butler


Manatee Bay
175; in St. Helena

Mandeville, Jack
349; of Mohawks, 746

Man in the Iron Mask
373; See Marthioly


Many Worlds Theory
46; Orreries, 177; 180; 393; 556; 706

95; medieval maps of the world, derived from the Latin words mappa mundi. The first early Christian maps are divided in three parts with the three continents Asia, Africa and Europe. The division into three parts is said to derive from the split between the sons of Noah after the deluge. Asia went to the offsping of Sem, Africa to the children of Cham and Europe to the children of Japhet. In the 8th century, the maps usually are arranged like a big "T" within an "O": The three continents surrounded by the ocean are separated by the "T", whereas the "T" itself represents two major rivers, one the Tanais and one the Nile. Website with images

525: make-up artists, specifically ladies

310; Latitude-Star

Maria Theresa

Marine, Matthew
445; on M-D Line crew


Marsten Moor
594; moor, northern England, near York. On July 2, 1644, during the Civil War, it was the scene of a great victory of the Parliamentarians, led by Oliver Cromwell, over the Royalists.

Marthioly, Iron-Mask

373; French spy?; 420

Mary & Joseph
632; Biblical parents of Jesus Christ

Mary and Meg
243; a collier (ship that carries coal); 245

Maskelyne, Edmund ("Mun")

131; Nevil's brother; 213; 728; 748; 770

Maskelyne, Reverend Dr. Nevil (1732-1811)

74; English astronomer who was appointed Astronomer Royal in 1765; he was also an ordained minister; his sister Margaret married Baron Robert Clive of Plassey (aka "Clive of India") in 1753; 105; and Christopher Smart,116; 126; 212; 251; longitude, 322; elevation to H.M. Astronomer, 436; 479; 691; 719; "as A.R." 720; Biography of Maskelyne; Website

Mason, Anne
20; Charles' 17-year-old sister

Mason, Anne Damsel
205; Charles' mother

Mason, Charles (1728-86)
7; Royal Astronomer, 16; with Vrou Vroom, 87; "Tyburn Charlie" 109; how he and Rebekah first met, 167; remembering Rebekah's face, 211; melancholy, 290; a Cadastral Surveyor, 401; mysterious cabin, 413; 440; commence the Line, 444; discussing the letter to Bradley w/Dixon, 42-45, 249-51; 478; sharing his paranoia w/Dixon, 479; recalling riots of 1755, 502; meets Eliza, 536; Field Journal, 554; Eleven Days, 556-57; flight, 560; in Maryland, 571; Prelude to Radiance, 700; accosted by Rebekah, 703; discovers Uranus, 708; agrees to view Transit of Venus from So. Ulster, 719; "speaks in hurried and forc'd rhythms" 721; dream, 721-23; prays to see Rebekah's face in the Comet, 725; Heavenly Dome, 725; "true Phlegmatick" 735; "Another small-town eccentric absorb'd back into the Weavery" 748; "Return to America" 758; A Biography; Mason's Journal Entries

Mason, Charles, Sr.
202; Charles' father who is a baker; remarried, 751

Mason, Doctor Isaac
184; Charles' youngest son by Rebekah; 199

Mason, Mary
751; Charles' second wife

Mason, Rebekah
52; Charles' first wife, who died young; her tombstone at Sapperton Church gives her date of death as February 13th, 1759, and the epitath includes the phrase "Wife of Charles Mason, Jun'r. A. R. S. (Associate of the Royal Society); 109; 164; story, 167-84; 346; 536-41; 703

Mason, William
184; Charles' oldest son; 491

Masons, The
269; 287; 290; 358; 533; 690

Mason-Dixon Line
246; Commissioners, 291; Zhang's Feng-Shui analysis, 542


194; The Greek word mathesis (akin to the Sanscrit manas - the mind) denoted the whole of human knowledge, including what nowadays involves mathematics, science, and philosophy; 630: "called into being by Mathesis alone"; 473.13; 194.14. ["Mad Mathesis" is a character appears in Lewis Carroll's A Tangled TaleRead it — in which each knot of the tale embodies a mathematical question.

Matson, Ralph

Matthew Walker
55; a type of knot

392; baker at the Inn whose pastries are fattening Dixon

28; Bodine's girl who lives with Hepsie in Portsea

730; his Lunar Tables; 768

McClean, Archibald
457; father of Mo & Nathe, on M-D Line crew; of Swedesboro, 712

McClean, Moses
7; camp commissary on M-D Line crew, and brother of Nathe

McClean, Nathanial
322; on M-D Line crew, and brother of Moses; 445; 451; 573

723; in Ulster; 724

McFee, Light-Fingers

McNoise, Topman
404; at town meeting in New York

McNutley, Mr.
454; on M-D Line crew

McNutley, Gwen
455; wife of Mr. McNutley


Mead, Mr.
32; 247

Medmenham Circle

418; aka Hellfire Club, held orgies at Medmenham Abbey, the home of Sir Francis Dashwood; See also Wilkes, John; Sandwich, Lord


280; slang derived from Yiddish, meaning "insane" or "crazy"

641; "another of Michael's batch"

Mens Rea
321; Latin: "criminal intent"

534; female mentor

391; possessing a noxious odor; 412; 557

98; ship that takes Mason to St. Helena

150; a velvet one from France

Merry Ghosts
766; Haunted Inn in York which Charles and son Doc visit

Mesmer, Dr. Friedrich Anton, or Franz (1734-1815)
216; Austrian physician who founded mesmerism (1772), based on the belief in the existence of a power called "animal magnetism"; 268; 272


145; 245; 252; elevation of Franklin's spectacles, 266; 287-88; 289; 318; 309; 321; 479; 513; Boreal Phenomenon, 516; fortune cookies, 526; 528; 567; worm waiting for a sign, 590; Alchemist symbols, 594; 740; 757; 772

Metcalf, John "Blind Jack" (1717-1810)
702; John Metcalf, commonly known as "Blind Jack of Knaresborough," the first great English road-maker; and the Rebellion of 1745 and More

128; 233; 464; 488; 559; 601; 658; 685; 702


Miller, Joe (1684-1738)
279; Joe Miller was a famous English comic actor. His name has become a bit of a synonym for great coarse humor, because after he died somebody published a collection of such and put JM's name on the title: Joe Miller's Jest-Book, or the Wit's Vade Mecum ["guidebook"]. There was a Batman comic way about 10-15 years ago where the Joker stole the original Joe Miller joke book from the Gotham museum.

Miller of Wherr

266; 596

169; a small village a few miles southwest of Stroud, where the Peaches live; where they're buried, 184

663; American Indian tribe


129; 130; 287; 298; 413; 519; 525; 603; 720; 768

6; "that memorable farewell Ball stag'd in '77 by the British who had been Occupying the City, just before their Withdrawal from Philadelphia"; held on May 18, 1777, "the famous tilt and tournament called the "Mischianza" took place. It was given in honor of Sir William Howe by the officers of his army, on the occasion of his recall to England, superseded in his command by Sir Henry Clinton."; A Short History of the City of Philadelphia

Mispick, Mr.
267; "pharmacist" in Philadelphia


Mitre, The
183; tavern in London; 213; Mason sees Dr. Johnson there, 744

214; crowd of common folk, or mob (derived from Latin: mobile vulgas) - compare with "nobility"

590; antidraconical family; Thomas Mowbray, 1st Duke of Norfolk, EARL OF Nottingham, Earl Marshal (c.1366-1399, Venice [Italy]), English lord whose quarrel with Henry of Bolingbroke, Duke of Hereford (later King Henry IV, reigned 1399-1413), was a critical episode in the events leading to the overthrow of King Richard (reigned 1377-99) by Bolingbroke. The quarrel dominates the first act of William Shakespeare's play Richard II.

531; American Indian tribe; 572



Molinos, Miguel (1640-96)

Christian mystic who taught the direct relationship between the soul and God through contemplative prayer. His followers were called Molinists or <a href="q.html#quietists">Quietists</a>; persecuted by Zarpazo in Spain, 543

Molly & Dolly
271; "students of the Electrickal Arts" and attractive female acquaintances of B. Franklin's

Moment of D
413; refers to one of the fundamental constants of physics which is designated by the Greek letter 'mu' followed by a subscript small 'd' and is formally known as the 'deuteron-magnetic moment.'


Montague, Lady
691; "Pope and"; 694

564; tavern in New York that is headquarters to the local Sons of Liberty


Moon, The
116; "punch house on Cock Hill on St. Helena

165; Rebekah' pet name for Mason, "mopery" is the act of moping, vagrancy or dawdling; Rebekah's pet name for Mason; "Mopery" comes up fairly often in ">Gravity's Rainbow

576; friend of Tom Hynes


306; A Christian sect which had its origin in ancient Bohemia and Moravia in what is present-day Czechoslovakia. The Moravian Church traces its origins to followers of John Hus, the Bohemian martyr who was burned at the stake in 1415, and dates its formal beginning from 1457, when one group of the Hussites took the Latin name of Unitas Fratrum, or Unity of the Brethren. The Moravians began establishing communities in the US, particularly in Bethelehem, Pennsylvania, and Winston-Salem, North Carolina, in the early 18th century. Other settlement congregations were established in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland. All were considered frontier centers for the spread of the gospel, particularly in mission to the American Indians. Moravian Website


Morton, Mr.

45; Secretary of the Royal Society at time of M-D Line; 50; 270; 437

15; Latin: "engine" or "motor" (as in "vis motrix" = "motor force" aka "soul"); 104; 451

597; 746

Mount Vernon

Mournival, Nick
115; "mournival": (from Oxford Dictionary): Now only hist. 1530 [Fr mournifle XVI, (now) slap, taunt; of unkn. origin] cards 1. A set of four aces, kings, queens or knaves in one hand 2. transf. A set of four (things or persons) - 1711; Florinda's fiancé proprietor of Jenkin's Ear Museum, 175

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus


See Maskelyne, Edmund

Munchausen, Baron
349-50; Refers to Rudolph Erich Raspe's Baron Munchausen's Narrative of His Marvellous Travels and Campaigns in Russia, first published, anonymously, in London in 1785. A later, enlarged edition of 1793, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, is the more well known version. Cherrycoke, narrating in 1786, would be referring to the original version; 358; 720

Munden's Point
108; on St. Helena, pair of Gallows

458; friend of N. McClean's; 573

172-173; 262-65; Surf Music, 264; Glass Armonica, 268, 272;


mutatis mutandis
533; Latin: "the necessary changes having been made"

Myers, Kit
460; on M-D Line crew

Creation myth, 620; "White Women or Black Dogs" 635; Black Dog, 643; "Elves' Treasury" 661; Nation of Giants, 662

Mason & Dixon Alpha Guide
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