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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Erie Canal, the, (search)
head. In 1812 Clinton, with others, was appointed to lay the project before the national Congress, and solicit the aid of the national government. Fortunately the latter declined to extend its patronage to the great undertaking. The War of 1812-15 put the matter at rest for a while. That war made the transportation of merchandise along our sea-coasts perilous, and the commercial intercourse between seaboard cities was carried on in a larger degree by wheeled vehicles. For this purpose Conestoga wagons were used between New York and Philadelphia, and when one of these made the journey of 90 miles in three days, with passengers, it was called the flying-machine. It has been estimated that the amount of increased expense by this method of transportation of merchandise for the coast region alone would have paid the cost of a system of internal navigation from Maine to Georgia. The want of such a system was made clear to the public mind, especially to the Locks on the Erie Can
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Paxton massacre, the (search)
the The atrocities of Pontiac's confederates on the frontiers of Pennsylvania aroused the ferocity of the Scotch-Irish settlers there, and on the night of Dec. 14, 1763, nearly fifty of them fell upon some peaceful and friendly Indians at Conestoga, on the Susquehanna, who were living quietly there, under the guidance of Moravian missionaries. These Indians were wrongly suspected of harboring or corresponding with hostiles. Very few of the Indians were ever at Conestoga, and all who remConestoga, and all who remained—men, women, and children—were murdered by the Paxton boys, as they called themselves. The village, with the winter stores, was laid in ashes. The citizens of Lancaster collected the scattered survivors into the workhouse for protection. The Paxton boys burst into it, and before the citizens could assemble, murdered all the Indians and fled. The Moravian Indians at Wyalusing and Nain hurried to Philadelphia for protection, but the Paxton boys threatened to go there in large numbers and
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Pennsylvania, (search)
ians within the circle of his troops and defeating them. His loss was eight officers and 115 privates. He reaches and relieves Fort Pitt......Aug. 10, 1763 Connecticut colony in the Wyoming Valley driven out by the Indians......Oct. 15, 1763 Surveyors Mason and Dixon begin running the southern boundary-line (see this record, 1682)......Dec. 9, 1763 Barbarities of Indians at this time disposed the frontiersmen to destroy every Indian—enemy or not. A remnant of a friendly tribe at Conestoga is massacred by frontiersmen termed Paxton boys ; a few escape and flee to Lancaster for refuge, but are followed and killed. The pursuers hearing of friendly Indians in Philadelphia, march towards them, but are met by Franklin, who, after a long negotiation, persuades them to disperse......Dec. 27, 1763–January, 1764 Colonel Bouquet's expedition against the Ohio Indians from Fort Pitt......Oct. 30, 1764 Dr. Shippen begins in Philadelphia the first course of lectures upon anatomy ev