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nduct of the war from sluggish dilatoriness, want of earnest enterprise, and love of the pleasures which excite a coarse nature. On landing near Bunker Hill he had sufficient troops to have turned the position of the Americans; but he delayed just long enough for them to prepare for his attack. He was driven out of Boston from his most unmilitary neglect to occupy Dorchester heights which overlook the town. He took his troops in midwinter to the bleak, remote, and then scarcely inhabited Halifax, instead of sailing to Rhode Island, or some convenient nook on Long Island within the Chap. IV.} 1778. sound, where he would have found a milder climate, greater resources, and nearness to the scene of his next campaign. In the summer of 1776, marching by night to attack General Putnam in his lines at Brooklyn, he lost the best chance of success by halting his men for rest and breakfast. When his officers still reported to him that they could easily storm the American intrenchments, he
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 3., Medford in the War of the Revolution. (search)
return home, he dared not stay in the town, so he hastened to Newburyport and took passage for Halifax. From there he went to England. He bitterly repented his course; but he was an absentee, an 3, March 17, 1776, the enemy, seeing the determined attitude of the Provincials, sailed for Halifax. I suppose this is the origin of the expression, Sent to Halifax. A few sail remained in thHalifax. A few sail remained in the bay. Medford men assisted in building fortifications on Noddle's Island, and June 13 were stationed behind them. The united efforts of all the towns around the harbor succeeded, that day, in riddi Forge almost unendurable. In February, 1778, Rev. Edward Brooks came home from captivity at Halifax. He had been chaplain of the frigate Hancock, built at Newburyport by order of Congress in Decd to the British fleet. Mr. Brooks was exchanged for Parson Lewis, a British chaplain, and left Halifax on the Favorite, Jan. 29, 1778. While in Nova Scotia he had the small-pox. He was not strong
end of her life. The great drama of the American revolution was now opening, and the position of the Haswell family was at this period extremely perilous. The father had too high a sense of honor to dissemble, consequently his property was confiscated, and he and his family were detained as prisoners of war two years and a half. Part of this time was spent in Hingham and part in Abington. An exchange of prisoners taking place between the British and Americans, they were sent by cartel to Halifax, from whence they embarked for England. Miss Haswell thus refers to their departure. I will not attempt to describe the sorrow experienced in being thus separated from the companions of my early years. Every wish of my heart was for the welfare and prosperity of a country which contained such dear, such valuable friends, and the only comfort of which my mind was capable was indulging in the delightful hope of being at some future period permitted again to revisit a land so beloved, compa
hundred and thirteen; of farmers, mechanics and traders, three hundred and eighty-two. Most of these found new homes in Halifax; some few went to England or to colonies belonging to Great Britain, but all had to commence life anew, exiled from theitention to retire for a time to his estate in Antigua, but finding it impossible to obtain a passage thither, he went to Halifax and finally to England, where the remaining years of his life were spent; he regretted the necessity for his exile and w Brooks states that the Committee of Correspondence had under its care the estate of one Clewly who was a resident of Halifax and whose agent was Ichabod Jones. In that case the estate referred to in the accounts of the committee was that of John Clewly of Halifax, a carpenter, who held a mortgage on the estate of Francis Whitmore, a resident of Medford at the time the deed was given. His estate in Middlesex County was not sold by the state, but it was settled in 795 by his administrator,
th. He held, at different times, the office of engine-man, wood corder, salt-measurer, assessor, and fire-warden. At a town meeting held in May, 1789, it was voted to petition the General Court for a lottery, to widen the bridge and pave the market place, so called. Isaac Hall was appointed a member of the committee. Among his friends was Col. Isaac Royal, who halted between two opinions respecting the revolution, until the cannonading at Lexington drove him to Newburyport and then to Halifax. In Brooks' history of Medford is an account of an examination respecting the political behavior of Colonel Royal. Among the persons examined was Captain Isaac Hall, who declared: That the winter before said battle (Lexington) he went to settle accounts with said Royal at his house; and that said Royal showed him his arms and accoutrements (which were in very good order), and told him that he determined to stand for his country, etc. Isaac Hall died November 24, 1789. A sword, said t
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 9., Proceedings of the 275th Anniversary of the settlement of Medford. (search)
er, Vardy.Newton, Mar. 27, 1766Nov. 8, 1766        Beula (wife)        Elizabeth (children)        Hannah (children) Vears, FrancisBoston, July 2, 1760May 6, 1761Tenants of Stephen Hall.        Ann (wife) VenusNegro in family of Edw. Bucknam. Vinten, David VintonRoxburyOct. 8, 1770 VioletNegro in family of Hugh Floyd. Wade, RebeccaJan. 30, 1791 Wait, FrancisAug. 31, 1797 Wait, Hannah Mrs. Hannah Wayte.Lynn, Nov., 1757Feb. 8, 1758Tenant of Capt. Ebenezer Marrow. Waite, PeterHalifax, Feb. 26, 1761Belonging in Roxbury. Some years in service in Nova Scotia. In house of Hugh Floyd. Waite, SamuelCastine, Baggaduse. Dec. 24, 1768In house of Joseph Tufts. Walker, JohnJan. 30, 1791 Walker, RebeccahBoston, Dec. 26, 1766May 2, 1797 Walker, RuthLexington, Nov., 1765Feb. 24, 1766In family of Nathl. Webb. Walker, TimothyJan. 30, 1791Butcher. Warner, TobiasCambridge, Nov. 22, 1764Aug. 26, 1765Child in family of Josiah Dixon. Warren, MaryWatertow
tisfied with the response at these meetings, for again he calls another convention; this time it is for the specific purpose of securing for the Old Colony a seminary for teachers. The call was dated January 5, 1837, and was for a convention at Halifax on January 24, 1837. But after this call was issued and before the convention was held, a couple of events happened which satisfied Mr. Brooks that his work had not been in vain. The first was the interrogative statement in the governor's me Prussian system, and they asked if I would lecture again. I consented, and the next evening endeavored to show how far the Prussian system could be safely adopted in the United States. Old Colony Memorial newspaper, October 4, 1845. The Halifax convention voted to adopt a petition to the Legislature which Mr. Brooks drew up, and which the chairman and secretary signed, praying for a teachers' seminary in Plymouth County. Hingham Gazette, February 24, 1837. This petition sets forth a
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 11., A recently discovered Letter written by Colonel Isaac Royall in 1779. (search)
nd meeting the other Day with Capt. Malachi Salter who is Uncle to Mr Willis Hall's Wife and who told me he was bound to Halifax and from thence home to Boston and if I had any Letters to send to my Friends would be glad to oblige me and would take pon which I thought it most prudent as my affairs call'd me to the West Indies and a good opportunity offering I went to Halifax expecting there to meet with a Vessell bound to Antigua but was disappointed I remain'd in Nova Scotia upwards of a Year in the Township of Windsor without meeting with a favorable opportunity till then for Antigua as the Small Pox being in Halifax prevented my going into that Town to get a passage and my Son in Law Mr. Erving and my Daughter to my very great surprise came down to Halifax in the Fleet after the Troops evacuated Boston before I ever heard of it they over perswaded me to give over my Voyage to Antigua and to accompany them to England as I did not know whether I should ever live to see my Grand C
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 13., Stage-coach days in Medford. (search)
return! The humor of the name struck Portsmouth's witty son, that delightful Bad Boy, for he says the Flying Stage-Coach crept back from Boston. Let us look at one whose portrait a poet has given us: One hundred years ago, and something more, In Queen Street, Portsmouth, at the tavern door, Neat as a pin, and blooming as a rose, Stood Mistress Stavers in her furbelows, Just as the cuckoo-clock was striking nine. Above her head, resplendent on the sign, The portrait of the Earl of Halifax, In scarlet coat and periwig of flax, Surveyed at leisure all her varied charms, Her cap, her bodice, her white folded arms, And half resolved, though he was past his prime, And rather damaged by the lapse of time, To fall down at her feet, and to declare The passion that had driven him to despair. For from his lofty station he had seen Stavers, her husband, dressed in bottle green, Drive his new Flying Stage-Coach, four in hand, Down the long lane and out into the land, And knew that he wa
Another Absentee. In addition to the Loyalists of Medford, already noticed in earlier issues of the Register, another had his residence here, but after the Revolution was over and peace declared. Francis Green, a graduate of Harvard, 1760, a merchant of Boston, married a lady whose father was mayor of New York previous to the Revolution. He came back to Boston from Halifax, and to Medford about 1798, and two years later occupied the house later belonging to Mr. Samuel Swan (Watson House). He died 21 April, 1809, aged 67. His widow moved to Charlestown, N. H., in 1822, when the Gilchrist family moved there. [Adapted from C. S.]—E. M. G
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