give Mr. John Houston
equal to forty pounds sterling, in old tenor, as the law shall find the rate in dollars or sterling money, for his yearly stipend, if he is our ordained minister.
And what number of Sabbath days, annually, we shall think ourselves not able to pay him, he shall have at his own use and disposal, deducted out of the aforesaid sum in proportion.’
The early records of those settlements abound in evidence, that the people had an habitual and most scrupulous regard for the rights of one another.
Kind, generous, and compassionate, too, they were.
Far back in 1725, when the little colony was but seven years old, and the people were struggling with their first difficulties, we find the session ordering two collections in the church, one to assist James Clark
to ransom his son from the Indians, which produced five pounds, and another for the relief of William Moore
, whose two cows had been killed by the falling of a tree, which produced three pounds, seventeen shillings. These were great sums in those early days.
We read, also, in the History of Londonderry
, of MacGregor
, its first pastor, becoming the champion and defender of a personal enemy who was accused of arson, but whom the magnanimous pastor believed innocent.
He volunteered his defense in court.
The man was condemned and imprisoned, but MacGregor
continued his exertions in behalf of the prisoner until his innocence was established and the judgment was reversed.
That they were a brave people need scarcely be asserted.
Of that very MacGregor
the story is told, that when he went out at the head of a committee, to remonstrate with a belligerent party, who were unlawfully cutting hay from the out-lands of Londonderry
, and one of the hay-stealers, in the heat of dispute, shook his fist in the minister's face, saying, ‘Nothing saves you, sir, but your black coat,’ MacGregor
instantly exclaimed, ‘Well, it shan't save you
, sir,’ and pulling off his coat, was about to suit the action to the word, when the enemy beat a sudden retreat, and troubled the Londonderrians no more.
The Scotch-Irish of New Hampshire
were among the first to catch the spirit of the Revolution.
They confronted British troops, and successfully too, before
the battle of Lexington
. Four English soldiers had deserted from their quarters in Boston
, and taken refuge in Londonderry
A party of troops, dispatched for their arrest discovered, secured, and conveyed them