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Chapter 10: The Arkham Historical Society

PostPosted: Sun Mar 17, 2019 4:26 pm
by HoneyDog
Tuesday September 17th, 1 pm

Arkham Historical Society, 537 South Garrison St.


The Society is located in the Lower Southside of Arkham, one of Arkham’s poorer neighbourhoods. The lanes are narrow and twisted, and there are many tenements in which reside recent Italian and Polish immigrants. It is somewhat overcrowded and noisy, but not too disconcerting, even for those of a sensitive disposition. It might still perhaps be a surprising place to find an academic establishment. The Society itself is a restored Georgian mansion set back from the street, and is in good condition.

The companions ring the bell, and are greeted by a tall, balding man wearing a suit and bow tie, who looks to be in his early sixties. He greets them politely and invites them in. Introducing himself as E. Lapham Peabody, the curator of the Society, he asks them what they might be seeking.

Re: Chapter 10: The Arkham Historical Society

PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2019 12:56 am
by Mr. Handy
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"Good afternoon, Mr. Peabody" says Alice. "I'm Alice Stanton. We'd like to research the Bosworth family, specifically William and Samantha Bosworth."

Re: Chapter 10: The Arkham Historical Society

PostPosted: Tue Mar 19, 2019 2:53 pm
by HoneyDog
“Ah, the Bosworths!” exclaims Peabody. “An old Arkham family. Been present in the city for generations, although I’m not sure if there are any left now. Please excuse me a moment.”

Presently he returns holding a ledger, in which copious notes are written. “We collect notes on historical figures in the town” he explains. “Here it is.”

William Bosworth was a successful lawyer, first in Boston and again after returning here. He had a house built in West College Street.” He reads on. “He died in 1851, and Jessica, his wife, followed nine years later. Suicide.” He raises an eyebrow. “Hmm, why does this address sound familiar to me?” he muses.

Re: Chapter 10: The Arkham Historical Society

PostPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2019 3:22 am
by Mr. Handy
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"What do you know about their daughter, Samantha?" asks Alice, reluctant to answer his question.

Re: Chapter 10: The Arkham Historical Society

PostPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2019 3:00 pm
by HoneyDog
Peabody looks at his ledger again. "Samantha Bosworth married Joseph Whately, another old Arkham family. She has also passed on, and is survived by her son Joshua Whately.”

Re: Chapter 10: The Arkham Historical Society

PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2019 2:49 am
by Mr. Handy
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"What can you tell us about Joseph and Joshua Whately?" asks Alice. "Do you know where Joshua Whately lives?"

Re: Chapter 10: The Arkham Historical Society

PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2019 5:12 am
by HoneyDog
"I'm sorry, I don't really have any details for them" replies Peabody. "I know that Joshua owns several properties in the city."

Spoiler:
You already have Joshua's phone number.

Re: Chapter 10: The Arkham Historical Society

PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2019 9:27 am
by evil_scientist
Isadora Carmichael

Luckily, there are no moving lines or labyrinthine patterns scrawled on the historical documents, which means Isadora remains relatively calm throughout the inquiry.

HoneyDog wrote:William Bosworth was a successful lawyer, first in Boston and again after returning here. He had a house built in West College Street.” He reads on. “He died in 1851, and Jessica, his wife, followed nine years later. Suicide.”


"How did William Bosworth die? Of illness, or just old age? And, well, I'm sorry to bring up such a gruesome topic, but what were the circumstances of Jessica Bosworth's taking of her own life? Where there any signs leading up to it?"

Re: Chapter 10: The Arkham Historical Society

PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2019 3:08 pm
by HoneyDog
“Natural causes for William Bosworthsays Peabody. Jessica though – it seems that she suffered from a long mental decline, including hallucinations. She was eventually committed to Arkham Asylum, and committed suicide there.”

Re: Chapter 10: The Arkham Historical Society

PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2019 3:26 pm
by evil_scientist
Isadora Carmichael

Isadora gasps, and covers her face with her hands. The historian might assume that she does this because she is surprised to learn such a horrid detail. On the contrary. Isadora is not surprised at all. Which only makes matters worse. This is exactly the answer she was expecting to hear.

"Such a tragedy... what kind of hallucinations?"

Re: Chapter 10: The Arkham Historical Society

PostPosted: Fri Mar 22, 2019 2:20 am
by HoneyDog
"I'm afraid it gives no indication" Peabody replies. "Such a shame."

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 22, 2019 4:12 am
by Mr. Handy
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"Yes, that is a tragedy," says Alice, concerned for Isadora and Margaret both. "Do you know how much time the mental decline took before she took her own life?"

Re: Chapter 10: The Arkham Historical Society

PostPosted: Fri Mar 22, 2019 8:12 am
by HoneyDog
"It was several years, but apart from that I don't have any more details" Peabody says.

Re: Chapter 10: The Arkham Historical Society

PostPosted: Fri Mar 22, 2019 10:32 am
by evil_scientist
Isadora Carmichael

"Perhaps the Asylum kept records of her history of illness," adds Isadora with uncertainty in her voice. "Would the Historical Society have access to such things? Or are they kept private?"

Re: Chapter 10: The Arkham Historical Society

PostPosted: Fri Mar 22, 2019 3:15 pm
by HoneyDog
“We certainly don’t have anything like that” replies Peabody. “It’s likely that the asylum still keeps medical records, but they would be confidential, of course.”

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 22, 2019 9:19 pm
by Starspawn338
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Harrison listens to the conversation, searching his mind for anything he can say or do to follow up. Unfortunately, he comes up empty. Is there any way to connect the troubled women together? He looks over to Isadora with concern.

Re: Chapter 10: The Arkham Historical Society

PostPosted: Sat Mar 23, 2019 4:48 am
by Mr. Handy
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"What can you tell us about the Bosworth House, and about the architect, Ryan Saxby?" asks Alice, relieved that they still have time to undo whatever is happening.

Re: Chapter 10: The Arkham Historical Society

PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2019 4:23 am
by HoneyDog
Peabody bids the investigators to sit and disappears to find more records. When he returns, he gives them the details.

"I take it you're referring to the house in West College Street. Yes, I remember now that the house has a local reputation for being haunted, although there seems to be little consistency to the stories. As for Saxby, it seems he designed several local houses and buildings, but he doesn’t seem to have any particular reputation. Just a journeyman architect.”

Re: Chapter 10: The Arkham Historical Society

PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2019 9:05 pm
by Mr. Handy
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"How did these stories of the house being haunted begin?" asks Alice. "There must be some basis in history. Did it begin with Jessica Bosworth's mental decline, or is it older than that?"

Re: Chapter 10: The Arkham Historical Society

PostPosted: Mon Mar 25, 2019 3:09 pm
by HoneyDog
Peabody spreads his long arms.

"Who really knows? There must be a house like that in almost every neighbourhood in every town. Often it’s just a sense of disquiet, amplified by wagging tongues. I mean, the story I heard was that the house was once home to Goody Bosworth, who was burned as a witch during the Witch Trial days. Apparently she would seduce men into unnatural couplings, if you ladies will forgive me for the turn of phrase. Apparently you can see her late at night, beckoning from an upstairs window. But in reality, the house was built after those times, and I find no records of any execution of an individual with that name. So I wouldn’t put too much faith into such rumours.”