part of the way to Boston
A band of young men assembled and pursued them; and so overawed the British
officer by the boldness of their demeanor, that he gave up his prisoners, who were escorted back to Londonderry
There were remarkably few tories in Londonderry
The town was united almost as one man on the side of Independence, and sent, it is believed, more men to the war, and contributed more money to the cause, than any other town of equal resources in New England
Here are a few of the town-meeting ‘votes’ of the first months of the war: ‘Voted
, to give our men that have gone to the Massachusetts
government seven dollars a month, until it be known what Congress will do in that affair, and that the officers shall have as much pay as those in the Bay
, that a committee of nine men be chosen to inquire into the conduct of those men that are thought not to be friends of their country.’—‘Voted
, that the aforesaid committee have no pay.’—‘Voted
, that twenty more men be raised immediately, to be ready upon the first emergency, as minute men.’— ‘Voted
, that twenty more men be enlisted in Capt. Aiken
's company, as minute men.’—‘Voted
, that the remainder of the stock of powder shall be divided out to every one that hath not already received of the same, as far as it will go; provided he produces a gun of his own, in good order, and is willing to go against the enemy, and promises not to waste any of the powder, only in self-defense; and provided, also, that he show twenty good bullets to suit his gun, and six good flints.’
In 1777 the town gave a bounty of thirty pounds for every man who enlisted for three years. All the records and traditions of the revolutionary period breathe unity and determination.
, the hero of Bennington
, was a Londonderrian.
Such were the Scotch-Irish of New Hampshire
; of such material were the maternal ancestors of Horace Greeley
composed; and from his maternal ancestors he derived much that distinguishes him from men in general.
In the New Yorker for August 28, 1841, he alluded to his Scotch-Irish origin in a characteristic way. Noticing Charlotte Elizabeth
's ‘Siege of Derry
,’ he wrote:
‘We do not like this work, and we choose to say so frankly.
What is the use of reviving and aggravating these old stories (alas ’