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down their arms and return to their homes. Gen. Prentiss acquiesced in the compromise. The rebels were four hundred strong, and Gen. Henderson's force numbered one thousand five hundred. The proposition for compromise came from the rebels.--National Intelligencer, Nov. 1. General Kelley issued a proclamation from Romney to the people of Hampshire County and the Upper Potomac, in which he assured them of protection to their persons and property.--(Doc. 112.) Asa T. Pratt, of Braintree, Mass., who expressed strong secession sentiments at a Democratic Convention at Dedham, was ridden on a rail by several of his town's people.--In accordance with orders received from the War Department, Gov. Curtin, of Pennsylvania, issued marching orders to eight regiments in addition to those already at the seat of War.--Gov. Andrew, of Massachusetts, has written a letter in reply to an inquiry from Hon Geo. S. Boutwell, whether the Fifteenth regiment, which behaved so gallantly in the actio
council demanded not the testimonies from the candidates so generally required now. No examination was instituted, no confession of faith was read, and no charge was given him how or what to preach. The extracts furthermore record the gathering of the First Church in Medford. Fifteen members, who had joined the churches in neighboring towns, signed the covenant which had been drawn for that purpose. Eleven of these brethren were connected with the church in Cambridge, one with that in Braintree, one in Watertown, one in Woburn, and one in Malden. Why the sisters did not sign, we are not told; and it would be hard to give a Scriptural reason for their exclusion. The covenant, while it states the three relations,--first to God, second to the Redeemer, and third to each other,--leaves unnoticed those specific doctrines, the belief in which has since been made a term of communion. The old-fashioned Arminianism, so called, seemed to be the form of Christian faith extensively embrac
ans. My reasons for this surmise are: 1. That one of the brothers of Rev. John Eliot mentions in his will that he had property in the hands of this Francis, at Braintree. 2. Edmund Hobart was father of Joshua and of Thomas Hobart. Caleb, son of this Thomas, m. Mary, dau. of Francis Eliot. His cousin Peter m. Susanna, dau. of Jgland, 1632; of Salem, 1637; was made freeman, 1646. Had children, who settled at Topsfield and Wenham, from which latter place Deacon William Porter removed to Braintree, about 1740; his son, Jonathan, moved to Malden, about 1755; and his son, Jonathan, jun., moved thence to Medford, 1773. He m. Phebe Abbott, of Andover, and hadeth, b. Oct. 19, 1673.  5Jane, b. Apr. 9, 1677.  6Stephen, b. Nov. 16, 1679.  7Mary, b. Mar. 1, 1682.  8William, b. July 7, 1685. 1-3Stephen Willis lived in Braintree; moved to Medford 1678, in which year he sold Caleb Hobart, of Braintree, a piece of land in that town. He m. Hannah----, who d. Mar. 22, 1732, aged 81. He d.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Adams, Abigail (Smith, (search)
Adams, Abigail (Smith), Wife of President John Adams; born in Weymouth, Mass., Nov. 23, 1744; daughter of the Rev. William Smith; was married Aug. 25, 1764, when Mr. Adams was a rising young lawyer in Boston. In 1784 she joined her husband in France, and in the following year went with him to London, where neither her husband nor herself received the courtesies due their position. In 1789-1810 she resided at the seat of the national government, and passed the remainder of her life in the Quincy part of Braintree, dying Oct. 28, 1818. Her correspondence, preserved in Familiar letters of John Adams and his wife, Abigail Adams, during the Revolution, throws important light upon the life of the times which it cover
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Adams, John, 1735- (search)
Adams, John, 1735- Second President of the United States; from 1797 to 1801; Federalist; born in Braintree (near Quincy), Mass.. Oct. 30, 1735. He was graduated at Harvard College in 1755, and immediately afterwards taught school at Worcester, where he began the study of law. His father was in moderate circumstances — a selectman and a farmer. Beginning the profession of law in Braintree in 1758, he soon acquired a good practice; and, when he was twenty-nine years of age, he married Abigail Smith, an accomplished woman possessed of great common-sense. His first appearance in the political arena was as author of Instructions of the town of Braintree tBraintree to its Representatives on the subject of the Stamp act, which was adopted by over forty towns. Associated with Gridley and Otis in supporting a memorial addressed to the governor and council, praying that the courts might proceed without the use of stamps, Adams opened the case by declaring that the Stamp Act was void, as Parliamen
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Adams, John Quincy, 1767- (search)
Adams, John Quincy, 1767- Sixth President of the United States; from 1825 to 1829; Republican; born in Braintree, Mass., July 11, 1767; was a son of President John Adams; and was graduated at Harvard College in 1787. In February, 1778, he accompanied his father to France, where he studied the French and Latin languages for nearly two years. After an interval, he returned to France and resumed his studies, which were subsequently pursued at Amsterdam and at the University of Leyden. At the age of fourteen years, he accompanied Mr. Dana to Russia as his private secretary. The next year he spent some time at Stockholm, Copenhagen, and Hamburg. He afterwards accompanied his father (who was American minister) to England and France and returned home with him early in 1785. After his graduation at Harvard, he studied law with the eminent Theophilus Parsons, practised at Boston, and soon became distinguished as a political writer. In 1791 he published a series of articles in favor
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Putnam, Rufus 1738-1824 (search)
Putnam, Rufus 1738-1824 Military officer; a cousin of Gen. Israel Putnam; born in Sutton, Mass., April 9, 1738; served in the French and Indian War from 1757 to 1760, and on the surrender of Montreal (1760) married and settled in Braintree, Mass., as a mill-wright. He was studious; acquired a good knowledge of mathematics, surveying, and navigation; was a deputy surveyor in Florida before the Revolution; and entered the army at Cambridge in 1775 as lieutenant-colonel. The ability he displayed in casting up defences at Roxbury caused Washington to recommend him to Congress as superior, as an engineer, to any of the Frenchmen then employed in that service. He was appointed chief engineer (August, 1776), but soon afterwards left that branch of the service to take command of a Massachusetts regiment. He was with the Northern army in 1777, and in 1778 he, with General Putnam, superintended the construction of the fortifications at West Point. After the capture of Stony Point he
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Quincy, Josiah 1709-1784 (search)
Quincy, Josiah 1709-1784 Merchant; born in Braintree, Mass., in 1709; graduated at Harvard in 1728; appointed joint commissioner with Thomas Pownall, from Massachusetts, in 1755, to negotiate an alliance with New York and Pennsylvania against the French, and to erect Fort Ticonderoga as a defence against invasion from Canada. He died in Braintree in 1784. Patriot; born in Boston, Mass., Feb. 23, 1744; third son of Josiah Quincy; graduated at Harvard College in 1763, and soon rose toBraintree in 1784. Patriot; born in Boston, Mass., Feb. 23, 1744; third son of Josiah Quincy; graduated at Harvard College in 1763, and soon rose to distinction as a lawyer. He was fervent and influential as a speaker and writer. In 1770 he, with John Adams, defended Captain Preston. Ill-health compelled him to abandon all business. He made a voyage to Charleston in February, 1773, which gave him much benefit, but his constitution was permanently impaired. He took part in public affairs, speaking against British oppression fervidly and eloquently, until September, 1774, when he made a voyage to England. In London he labored incessan
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Storrs, Richard Salter 1821- (search)
Storrs, Richard Salter 1821- Clergyman; born in Braintree, Mass., Aug. 21, 1821; graduated at Amherst College in 1839 and at Andover Theological Seminary in 1845, and in the same year was ordained in the Congregational Church; was pastor of the Church of the Pilgrims in Brooklyn from 1846 till his death, Aug. 5, 1900. He was one of the Independent in 1848— 61, and became widely known as a writer and pulpit orator of rare ability. His publications include An Oration commemorative of President Lincoln; Early American spirit and the Genesis of it; Declaration of Independence and the effects of it; The broader range and outlook of the modern College training; and many works of a religious characte
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Thayer, Sylvanus 1785-1872 (search)
Thayer, Sylvanus 1785-1872 Military officer; born in Braintree, Mass., June 9, 1785; graduated at Dartmouth College in 1807 and at West Point in 1808, entering the corps of engineers. He was chief engineer of Dearborn's army in 1812, and of Hampton's division in 1813. He was chief engineer in the defence of Norfolk, Va., in 1814. In 1815 he was sent with Colonel McRae to Belgium and France to examine the fortifications there; and from 1817 to 1833 he was superintendent at West Point, and established the academy on its present basis. In 1838 he was made lieutenantcolonel, and from 1833 to 1857 was constructing engineer of the defences of Boston Harbor, and temporary chief of the engineer corps from 1857 to 1859. He was commissioned colonel in March, 1863; brevetted brigadier-general in May; and resigned June 1. He died in South Braintree, Mass., Sept. 7, 1872.
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