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‘ [320] and Property three times;’ and throwing his hat into
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the air, he shouted, ‘Liberty and Property, Liberty and Property, Liberty and Property;’ on which the multitude gave three loud huzzas.

After dinner, a cavalcade, which by this time had increased to the number of near one thousand men, escorted him along the road, studded with farm houses, from Wethersfield into Hartford, and dismounted within twenty yards of the house where the Assembly was sitting. The main body, led by Durkee,1 with their white cudgels in their hands, marched in ranks, four abreast, to the sound of trumpets, round the court-house, and formed into a semicircle. Ingersoll was then directed to read the paper which he had signed, and he did so, within the hearing and presence of the Legislature.2 This was succeeded by the cry of Liberty and Property, and three cheers; soon after which the people, than whom better men never ‘walked in glory behind the plough,’ having done their work thoroughly, rode home to their several villages.

There the Calvinist ministers nursed the flame of piety and the love of civil freedom. Of that venerable band, none did better service than the American-born Stephen Johnson, the sincere and fervid pastor of the first church of Lyme. ‘Bute, Bedford, and Grenville,’ said he to the people, “will be had in remembrance by Americans as an abomination, execration, and curse.” As the result of all, these measures tend to a very fatal civil war; and France and

1 The name is Durgie in my copy of Hutchinson's Letter to Governor Pownall, October, 1765. Ingersoll, in his account, is careful to name no one. Connecticut Courant, 27 Sept, 1765.

2 Connecticut Courant, No. 483.

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