"Master Brackett, the jailer"
Illustration of Master Brackett leading Chillingworth into Hester's cell in the 1893 edition
Public DomainIllustration of Master Brackett leading Chillingworth into Hester's cell in the 1893 edition - Credit: Frederick C. Gordon

Hawthorne drew this name from Caleb Snow’s History of Boston (1825), which makes mention of one “Richard Parker or Brackett, whose name we find on the colony records as prison keeper so early as 1638. He had ‘the market stead’ on the east, the prison yard west, and the meeting house on the south“ (p.116).

 

 

Jailer's keys
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeJailer's keys - Credit: Dorene Boman