At the top of [Governor] Fletcher’s agenda for New York was the creation of a secure Protestant establishment—a “settled Ministry”—the one guarantee, he said, “that neither heresy, sedition, schism nor rebellion be preached amongst you, nor vice and profanity encouraged.” Vice and profanity in particular were rife, observed the Rev. John Miller, newly arrived Episcopal chaplain tot he fort’s two companies of grenadiers. New York had become a sink of “irreligion, drunkenness, cursing ands wearing, fornication and adultery, thieving, and other evils,” he reported to the bishop of London. If the locals go to church at all, it is but “to find out faults in him that preacheth rather than to hear their own.” Too may residents believed the “sweet and unconfined pleasures of the wandering libertines” an acceptable alternative to holy matrimony, while “ante-nuptial fornication” had become so widespread that New Yorkers often didn’t marry until “a great belly” obliged them to.

edwin g. burrows & mike wallace, gotham: a history of new york city to 1898

like, big talk from a dude whose biggest penalty for pirates was a fine

'I remember blaming my mom a lot [for her parents' divorce] because I wanted a family so bad. I wanted to have my mom and dad together. I remember just being angry with my mom and I still feel really bad about that. My mom gave up everything. She supported me, sacrificed her life for me.'  - Selena on her mom