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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Dyer, Eliphalet, 1721-1807 (search)
Dyer, Eliphalet, 1721-1807 Jurist; born in Windham, Conn., Sept. 28, 1721; graduated at Yale College in 1740; became a lawyer; and was a of the Susquehanna Company, went to England as its agent in 1763. Mr. Dyer was a member of the Stamp Act Congress in 1765, and was a member oief-justice from 1789 to 1793. He died in Windham, May 13, 1807. Judge Dyer is alluded to in the famous doggerel poem entitled Lawyers and Bureement, every frog on one side of the ditch raised the war-cry, Colonel Dyer! Colonel Dyer! and at the same instant, from the opposite side,Colonel Dyer! and at the same instant, from the opposite side, resounded the adverse shout of Elderkin too! Elderkin too! Owing to some peculiarity in the state of the atmosphere, the sounds seemed to bHe made a most wonderful prayer. Lawyer Lucifer called up his crew; Dyer and Elderkin, you must come, too: Old Colonel Dyer you know well enoifer called up his crew; Dyer and Elderkin, you must come, too: Old Colonel Dyer you know well enough, He had an old negro, his name was Cuff.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Stamp act Congress, the (search)
y Ruggles, of Massachusetts, chairman, and John Cotten, clerk. The following representatives presented their credentials: Massachusetts—James Otis, Oliver Partridge, Timothy Ruggles. New York—Robert R. Livingston, John Cruger, Philip Livingston, William Bayard, Leonard Lispenard. New Jersey—Robert Ogden, Hendrick Fisher, Joseph Borden. Rhode Island—Metcalf Bowler, Henry Ward. Pennsylvania—John Dickinson, John Morton, George Bryan. Delaware— Thomas McKean, Caesar Rodney, Connecticut—Eliphalet Dyer, David Rowland, William S. Johnson. Maryland—William Murdock, Edward Tilghman, Thomas Ringgold. South Carolina—Thomas Lynch, Christopher Gadsden, John Rutledge. The Congress continued in session fourteen consecutive days, and adopted a Declaration of rights, written by John Cruger, a Petition to the King, written by Robert R. Livingston, and a Memorial to both Houses of Parliament, written by James Otis. In all these the principles which governed the leaders in the Revoluti
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), United States of America. (search)
r. Thomson remained secretary of the Continental Congress from its beginning to its close, 1774-89.] Delegates to the first Continental Congress. Delegates.State Represented.Credentials Signed. 1. Maj. John SullivanNew HampshireJuly 21, 1774 2. Col. Nathaniel Folsom 3. Hon. Thomas CushingMassachusetts Bay.June 17, 1774 4. John Adams 5. Samuel Adams 6. Robert Treat Paine 7. Hon. Stephen HopkinsRhode Island and Providence PlantationsAug. 10, 1774 8. Hon. Samuel Ward 9. Hon. Eliphalet DyerConnecticutJuly 13, 1774 10. Hon. Roger Sherman 11. Silas Deane 12. James DuaneCity and county of New York, and other counties in province of New York.July 28, 1774 13. Philip Livingston 14. John Jay 15. Isaac Low 16. John Alsop 17. John Herring 18. Simon Boerum 19. Henry Wisuer 20. Col. William FloydCounty of Suffolk in province of New York.July 28, 1774 Delegates to the first Continental Congress—Continued. Delegates.State Represented.Credentials Signed. 2
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Connecticut, (search)
..Sept. 19, 1765 Gov. Thomas Fitch consents to take the oath for the support of the Stamp Act......1766 [He is dismissed at the next election.] Connecticut Journal first published at New Haven......1767 Jonathan Trumbull elected governor......1769 [The only colonial governor who favored independence in 1776. He was elected governor annually until 1784. The name Brother Jonathan, humorously bestowed upon him by General Washington, has been applied to the United States.] Eliphalet Dyer, Roger Sherman, and Silas Deane elected at Norwich to the first Continental Congress......June 6, 1774 Israel Putnam, of Pomfret, Conn., hastens to Boston on hearing of the battle of Lexington; arrives......April 21, 1775 [Riding on one horse 100 miles in eighteen hours.] Col. Samuel H. Parsons and Benedict Arnold, at Hartford, plan the capture of Ticonderoga......April 27, 1775 Benedict Arnold marches from New Haven with his company and reaches Boston......April 29, 1775
nd; Letter of R. H. Lee, of 31 May, 1764. this step of the mother country, though intended to secure our dependence, may produce a fatal resentment, and be subversive of that end. If the colonies do not now unite, was the message received from Dyer of Connecticut, who was then in England; if they do not unite, they may bid farewell to liberty, burn their charters, and make the best of thraldom. Letter of Eliphalet Dyer, writ ten in March, in London, received, probably, in May, and printedEliphalet Dyer, writ ten in March, in London, received, probably, in May, and printed in Boston Gazette of 23 Sept. 1765. Even while it was not yet known that the bill had passed, alarm pervaded New-England. In Boston, at the town meeting in May, there stood up Samuel Adams, a native citizen of the place, trained at Harvard College, a provincial statesman, of the most clear and logical mind, which, throughout a long life, imparted to his public conduct the most exact consistency. His vigorous and manly will resembled in its tenacity well-tempered steel, which may ply a little
ed that the resistance to the Stamp Act through all America was treason, argued strenuously in favor of the supreme authority of parliament, and cavilling to the last at particular expressions, refused to sign the papers prepared by the Congress. Dyer, of Connecticut, had conceded that there were objections of weight; but in the night of the twentyfourth, union, said he, is so necessary, disunion so fatal, in these matters, that as we cannot agree upon any alteration, they ought to be signed as they are, by those who are authorized to do so. Journal of W. S. Johnson. Dyer to Johnson, 8 Oct. Ogden insisted, that it was better for each province to petition separately for itself; and Ruggles, the presiding officer of the Congress, heedless of their indignation, still interposed his scruples and timidities. On the morning of the twenty-fifth, the anniversary of the accession of George the Third, the Congress assembled for the last time, and the delegates of six colonies being empow
t. royal governors took the oath to carry the Stamp Act punctually into effect. In Connecticut, which, in chap. XIX.} 1765. Oct. its assembly, had already voted American taxation by a British parliament to be unprecedented and unconstitutional, Dyer, of the council, entreated Fitch not to take an oath which was contrary to that of the governor, to maintain the rights of the colony. But Fitch had urged the assembly to prosecute for riot the five hundred that coerced Ingersoll at Wethersfield;t the Act must go down; that forty regulars could guard the stamp papers; and that the American conduct would bring from home violent measures and the loss of charters; and he resolved to comply; E. Stiles' Diary. on which Pitkin, Trumbull, and Dyer, truly representing the sentiments of Connecticut, rose with indignation and left the room. The governor of Rhode Island stood alone in his patriotic refusal. But every where, either quietly of themselves, or at the instance of the people, ami