ld them he could not receive them as representatives of the Congress, but as private gentlemen, and that the independence of the colonists, lately declared, could not be considered for a moment.
You may call us what you please, they said, we are nevertheless the representatives of a free and independent people, and will entertain no proposition which does not recognize our independence.
Further conference was unnecessary.
On June 4, 1778, the Earl of Carlisle, George Johnstone, and William Eden, commissioners appointed by the King under Lord North's conciliatory bills, arrived at Philadelphia.
The brothers Howe, who were to be of the commission, could not join them, but Sir Henry Clinton took the place of Sir William.
The commissioners sent their credentials and other papers by their secretary to the Congress at York, Pa., with a flag.
That body and the American people, having already perused the bills and found in them no word about independence, had resolved to have nothing
ssenger May 2, 1778
Deane's treaty with France ratifiedMay 4, 1778
Mischianza, a festival, is given at Philadelphia by the British officers in honor of Sir William Howe (who had been succeeded by Sir Henry Clinton), six days before his return to England May 18, 1778
Affair at Barren HillMay 20, 1778
British raid in Warren and Bristol, R. I.May 25, 1778
Col. Ethan Allen, released from im-
prisonment, returns to Bennington, Vt. May 31, 1778
Earl of Carlisle, George Johnstone, and William Eden, appointed peace commissioners to America, with Prof. Adam Ferguson as secretaryJune 10, 1778
British evacuate Philadelphia and retire across the Delaware into New Jersey June 18, 1778
Americans break camp at Valley Forge and follow June 18, 1778
Battle of Monmouth Court-house, N. J., British retreat June 28, 1778
Molly Pitcher commissioned sergeant by Washington for bravery at Monmouth June 29, 1778
Massacre of inhabitants in Wyoming Valley, Pa., by Indians and ToriesJuly 4, 1778
s......Jan. 28, 1712
Troops under Col. James Moore, of South Carolina, capture Fort Nahucke, a stronghold of the Tuscaroras in Greene county, with 800 prisoners......March, 1713
Bills of credit for £ 800 issued by the colony to pay Indian war debt.
First issue of paper money in North Carolina......1713
Edenton, on the Chowan River, founded......1715
Tuscarora Indians enter into a treaty, and a tract of land on the Roanoke, in the present county of Bertie, is ceded to them by Governor Eden......June 5, 1718
Pirate Edward Teach, commonly called Black Beard, long a terror to North Carolina, is attacked by Lieutenant Maynard near Ocracoke, with two small coasters; he is killed, and Maynard carries off his head hung to the bowsprit......Nov. 21, 1718
Boundary-line between North and South Carolina established......1727
Last Assembly under proprietary government at Edenton; issues £ 40,000 more in paper money......Nov. 27, 1728
Lords proprietors surrender the governm
y lives lost......Nov. 20, 1836
Ship Mexico, from Liverpool, wrecked on Hempstead Beach, L. I.; 108 lives lost......Jan. 3, 1837
Steamboat Home, on passage from New York to Charleston, S. C., wrecked in a gale near Ocracoke; about 100 lives lost......Oct. 9, 1837
Steamboat Pulaski, from Savannah to Baltimore, bursts a boiler off coast of North Carolina; of nearly 200 passengers and crew only sixty are saved......June 14, 1838
Steamboat Lexington, New York to Stonington, burned off Eden's Neck, L. I.; 140 lives lost......Jan. 13, 1840
Brig Florence, Rotterdam to New York, wrecked off southeast coast of Newfoundland; fifty lives lost......Aug. 9, 1840
Steamer President, New York to Liverpool, sailed March 11, with 136 persons on board; not heard from after storm of......March 13, 1841
William Browne, of Philadelphia, wrecked by striking ice on her passage from England to America; about seventy lives lost; sixteen passengers who had been received into the long-boat ar