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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 36. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.36 (search)
imore; marched from the depot to Fort McHenry, where we remained all night—a night never to be forgotten by one of those ragged, half-starved Confederates. It rained all night, and we stood huddled out in the open slush, unable to lie or sit down. We were then put aboard of a canal boat and carried by way of the Chesapeake and Delaware canal to Fort Delaware, where we were landed about the 6th of July. Fort Delaware was situated on an island of about ninety acres in the upper end of Delaware Bay. We were placed in barrack;, in the northwest corner of the island, with a plank wall around to secure us. We were barely fed enough to keep us alive. On the outside of our enclosure stood the fort, officers' houses, hospital, and other buildings. However, we were never allowed to go out, except now and then in small details to load or unload a vessel (a service I had never been called upon to do). On the way from our barracks to the wharf was a gate in the wall, about twelve feet wi
te friends removed to the banks of the Piscataqua; and, at the head of tide waters on that stream, they founded the town of Exeter; one more little republic in the wilderness, organized on the principles of natural justice by the voluntary combination of the inhabitants. Exeter Records, in Farmer's Belknap. 432 The larger number of the friends of Anne Hutchinson, led by John Clarke and William Coddington, proceeded to the south, designing to make a plantation on Long Island, or near Delaware Bay. But Roger Williams welcomed them to his vicinity; and his own 1638. Mar. 24. influence, and the powerful name of Henry Vane, prevailed with Miantonomoh, the chief of the Narragansetts, to obtain for them a gift of the beautiful island of Rhode Island. The spirit of the institutions established by this band of voluntary exiles, on the soil which they owed to the benevolence of the natives, was derived from natural justice: a social compact, signed after the manner of the precedent at N
d among the eight, had given to each a tract as extensive as the kingdom of France. To complete the picture of the territorial changes made by Charles II., it remains to be added, that, having given away the whole south, he enfeoffed his brother with the country between Pemaquid and the St. 1664 Croix. The proprietary rights to New Hampshire and 1677 Maine were revived, with the intent to purchase then Chap. XI.} for the duke of Monmouth. The fine country from Connecticut River to Delaware Bay, tenanted by nearly ten thousand souls, in spite of the charter to 1664. Winthrop, and the possession of the Dutch, was, like part of Maine, given to the duke of York. The charter which secured a large and fertile province to William Penn, and thus invested philanthropy with 1681. executive power on the western bank of the Delaware, was a grant from Charles II. After Philip's war in New England, Mount Hope was hardly rescued from a 1679. courtier, then famous as the author of two ind
s of De Vries. Brodhead's History, 205, 207, 220. a ship of eighteen guns, commanded by Pieter Heyes and laden with emigrants, store of seeds, cattle, and agricultural implements, embarked from the Texel, partly to cover the southern shore of Delaware Bay with fields of wheat and tobacco, and partly for the whale-fishery on the coast. A yacht which went in company, was taken by a Dunkirk privateer; early in the spring of 1631 the larger vessel reached its des- 1631. tination, and just within Island were thrown down in derision, and a fool's head set in their place. Records, II. 82, &c. While the New England men were thus en- Chap. XV.} croaching on the Dutch on the east, a new competitor for possessions in America appeared in Delaware Bay. Gustavus Adolphus, the greatest benefactor of humanity in the line of Swedish kings, had discerned the advantages which might be expected from colonies and widely-extended commerce. His zeal was encouraged by William Wsselinx, a Netherlan
The spirit lived, and was openly displayed. It was soon said by a royal governor to the mixed races of legislators in the province, There are none of you but what are big with the privileges of Englishmen and Magna Charta. In the administration of the covetous and passionate 1692. Sept. Fletcher, a man of great mobility and feeble judgment, the people of New York were soon disciplined into more decided resistance. As to territory, the old hope of extending from Connecticut River to Delaware Bay revived; and, for the security of the central province, the command of the militia of New Jersey and Connecticut was, by a royal commission, conferred on Fletcher. An address was also sent to the king, representing Chap XIX.} the great cost of defending the frontiers, and requesting that the neighboring colonies might be compelled to contribute to the protection of Albany. In the necessity of common defence lay the root of the parliamentary attempt at taxation; for it created the des
Position of Edward Everett, &c. Boston, April 27th. --Hon. Edward Everett, in an eloquent speech, says "we are but one heart and mind, and that the Government must be sustained. We forget that we ever were partizans — we remember only that we are Americans." The Collector of this port has received orders to grant no clearances for any port south of Delaware Bay.
Boston Boot and Shoe market. --The Shoe and Leather Reporter says: It will be seen by our tables that the shipments for the week, both by rail and sea, have been very limited. As no clearances are made for any ports south of Delaware Bay, but few goods will go from here by sea during the period of the blockade. In the almost entire absence of collections from the South and West our manufacturers are hard pressed, and extensions and suspensions are more numerous. Some Southern houses state their inability to pay from the utter impossibility to make collections, and at present there seems no promise of improving prospects --The Western dealers suffer from the depreciated currency and high rates of exchange, and parties who have thoroughly tried it, say that the collection of a debt is next to an impossibility. If we are to have war, it is certain that the surplus crop of the West will be wanted at good prices, and as the treasury of Uncle Sam is now filled to repletion, t
The Keenstown prisoners. --The Philadelphia correspondent of the New York Herald, March 31, notes the arrival at Delaware City, that day, of two hundred and twenty prisoners of war, captured at Winchester. They were to be taken to Fort Delaware, on the Pea Patch Island, Delaware Bay. The writer says: "One of the prisoners is Bushred C. Washington. Much sympathy was shown the prisoners in Baltimore, and they were cheered when they left the wharf en route, for Fort Delaware. "
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