ublish their names to the world.
In response to the call, full 1,400 people gathered around the liberty pole in The fields, where they were harangued by John Lamb, and the people, by unanimous vote, condemned the action of the Assembly in passing obnoxious bills.
The sentiments of the meeting were embodied in a communication to the Assembly, which was borne by a committee of seven leading Sons of Liberty—Isaac Sears, Caspar Wistar, Alexander MacDougall, Jacob Van Zandt, Samuel Broome, Erasmus Williams, and James Varick.
Toryism was then rife in the New York Assembly. Twenty of that body, on motion of James De Lancey, voted that the handbill was an infamous and scandalous libel.
Only one member—Philip Schuyler—voted No. The Assembly then set about ferreting out the author of it, and a reward of $500 was offered.
The frightened printer of the handbill, when arraigned before the House, gave the name of MacDougall as the author.
He was taken before the House, where he refused to make<