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    on their particular

    Hello,

    “Prominent among them was the cultured William Bradford, a self-taught scholar who read Hebrew, Greek, Latin, French, and Dutch. He was chosen governor thirty times in the annual elections. Among his major worries was his fear that independent, non-Puritan settlers ‘on their particular’ might corrupt his godly experiment in the wilderness. “

    From “The American Pageant” by Thomas A. Bailey

    What does “on their particular” mean? I cannot find it in a dictionary.
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    Re: on their particular

    The phrase must be quoted from a document of the era. I think Bailey has become more conversant in that period's idiom than his readers can be expected to be and forgot that we can't understand this bit.
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    Re: on their particular

    Are the inverted commas included in the text or are they yours?

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    Re: on their particular

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    Are the inverted commas included in the text or are they yours?
    Among his major worries was his fear that independent, non-Puritan settlers "on their particular"might corrupt his godly experiment in the wilderness. This is included in the text.
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