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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Rumford, Benjamin Thompson, Count 1753-1852 (search)
y widow of that place, and was appointed major of militia over several older officers. This offended them, and led to much annoyance for young Thompson. He was a conservative patriot, and tried to get a commission in the Continental army, but his opponents frustrated him. He was charged with disaffection, and finally persecution drove him to take sides with the crown. He was driven from his home, and in October. 1775, he took refuge within the British lines in Boston. When Howe left for Halifax, he sent Thompson to England with despatches, where the secretary of state gave him employment, and in 1780 he became under-secretary. In that year he returned to America, raised a loyalist corps called The King's American dragoons, and was made lieutenant-colonel, serving a short time in South Carolina. Count Rumford. On returning to England at the close of the war, he was knighted, and in 1784 entered the service of the Elector of Bavaria as aide-de-camp and chamberlain. To that pri
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Massachusetts (search)
s of 100 members, by far the most numerous assembly in America......1768 Seizure of the sloop Liberty, belonging to John Hancock, on charge of smuggling, occasions a great riot......June 10, 1768 Arrival of a squadron of seven vessels from Halifax, with the 14th, 29th, and a part of the 59th regiments of British regulars. These troops, under the command of Gen. Thomas Gage, are landed in Boston......Sept. 28, 1768 Governor Bernard recalled, and embarks for England, regretted by none..arch 2, 1776 Americans occupy Dorchester Heights and throw up strong intrenchments, night of......March 4, 1776 British evacuate Boston......March 17, 1776 Seven thousand soldiers, 4,000 seamen, and 1,500 families of loyalists sail for Halifax......March 17, 1776 Americans enter Boston......March 20, 1776 Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Boston from the balcony of the State-house......July 18, 1776 [At the same time the King's arms are removed.] Massachusetts
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Washington, treaty of (search)
by the representative at London of his Majesty, the Emperor of Austria and King of Hungary. In case of the death, absence, or incapacity of any commissioner, or in the event of any commissioner omitting or ceasing to act, the vacancy shall be filled in the manner hereinbefore provided for making the original appointment, the period of three months in case of such substitution being calculated from the date of the happening of the vacancy. The commissioners named shall meet in the city of Halifax, in the province of Nova Scotia, at the earliest convenient period after they have been respectively named, and shall, before proceeding to any business, make and subscribe a solemn declaration that they will impartially and carefully examine and decide the matter referred to them, to the best of their judgment, and according to justice and equity, and such declaration shall be entered on the record of their proceedings. Each of the high contracting powers shall also name one person to att
-mills, manufactories of arms and accoutrements, foundries for the casting and boring of cannon, machines for rifling cannon—all were put at his disposal, by patriotic Yankees, on the very eve of the war—for a consideration. November 2d.—Morning, heavy clouds, with rain, breaking away partially, toward noon, and giving us some fitful sunshine. Sail ho! at early dawn. Got up steam, and chased, and at 7 A. M. came up with, and sent a boat on board of the English brigantine, Falcon, from Halifax, for Barbadoes. Banked fires. Latitude 16° 32′; longtitude 56° 55′. Wore ship to the northward, at meridian. Received some newspapers, by the Falcon, from which we learn, that the enemy's cruiser Keystone State, which, when last heard from, was at Barbadoes, had gone to Trinidad, in pursuit of us. At Trinidad, she lost the trail, and, instead of pursuing us to Paramaribo, and Maranham, turned back to the westward. We learn from the same papers, that the enemy's steam-frigate, Powha
he Wardepartment and appointments Governor makes an address to the people mission to Washington writes to Governor Curtin, of Pennsylvania blockade-runners at Halifax Governor saves the life of a private soldier his letter to Patrick Donahoe religious toleration to the editor of theBoston Post Massachusetts companies in Nem were captured on their return voyage. The following telegram, dated Sept. 3, we copy from the Governor's files: Senator Wilson to Mr. Seward,—Is your consul at Halifax thoroughly loyal? Four vessels from North Carolina have recently arrived there, loaded with naval stores, and are now loading with contraband goods. Same day, GUnited-States Marshal for this district. Major Bateman, however, did not come to Boston, but went by another route to Nova Scotia, and sailed in the steamer from Halifax to England. Marshal Keyes writes, This was only one of the thousand instances of Governor Andrew's active efforts in the good cause. Sept. 21.—The Governor te
ent to have Semmes and his associate pirates make a dash upon Boston or Portland, and damage the Yankees as much as possible. But in this case, as in many others, discretion became the better part of valor. On the twenty-third day of May, Robert C. Winthrop, of Boston, inclosed a letter to the Governor, which he had received from the American consul at Malta, a kinsman of his, giving information in regard to a portion of the British fleet stationed at that port, that had been ordered to Halifax; and, should a war occur between America and England, the first point of attack would be Portland, the second Boston, and the third Newport, so far as the Northern States were concerned, and he should be glad if the Governors of the New-England States were informed of the danger which threatened them. The letter contained much information which was of interest at the time, and would have been invaluable in case of a war between the two nations. The letter which Mr. Winthrop forwarded to
William Schouler, A history of Massachusetts in the Civil War: Volume 2, Chapter 13: Plymouth County. (search)
the end of the war $367.35 remained in the hands of the treasurer, which was given in aid of a soldiers' monument. Halifax Incorporated July 4, 1734. Population in 1860, 766; in 1865, 739. Valuation in 1860, $321,449; in 1865, $354,039. ating to the war was held May 7th, when it was voted that the credit of the town is hereby pledged to those belonging to Halifax, and to those who have already gone, or to those who may hereafter either volunteer or be drafted to fight in defence ofextra pay is to be paid to their heirs. Company A, of the Third Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Militia, belonged to Halifax, and left the State with the regiment for Fortress Monroe, Va., April 18, 1861. The Company was originally formed in 17g made, and paying to each volunteer, when mustered in and credited, a bounty of one hundred and twenty-five dollars. Halifax, according to the returns made by the selectmen in 1866, furnished one hundred and one men, which is about twenty more t
66 Egremont 71 Enfield 339 Erving 264 Essex 187 F. Fairhaven 130 Falmouth 38 Fall River 133 Fitchburg 625 Florida 73 Foxborough 501 Framingham 405 Franklin 502 Freetown 137 G. Gardner 628 Georgetown 188 Gill 265 Gloucester 191 Goshen 341 Gosnold 168 Grafton 630 Granby 342 Granville 302 Great Barrington 74 Greenfield 266 Greenwich 343 Groton 408 Groveland 194 H. Hadley 345 Halifax 546 Hamilton 196 Hancock 77 Hanover 550 Hanson 547 Hardwick 631 Harvard 633 Harwich 41 Hatfield 346 Hawley 268 Haverhill 198 Heath 269 Hingham 551 Hinsdale 79 Holden 635 Holland 303 Holliston 410 Holyoke 305 Hopkinton 412 Hubbardston 636 Hull 553 Huntington 348 I. Ipswich 202 K. Kingston 554 L. Lakeville 556 Lancaster 638 Lanesborough 80 Lawrence 202 Lee 81 Leicester
William Alexander Linn, Horace Greeley Founder and Editor of The New York Tribune, Chapter 5: sources of the Tribune's influence — Greeley's personality (search)
at five o'clock the next morning. The most energetic reporter of to-day could not exceed this rider in enterprise and persistency. The ocean steamers of those days were not greyhounds, and so great was the competition for the earliest foreign news that enterprising newspapers did not wait for the arrival of the mails by water at the nearest home port. On one occasion, when news of special importance was awaited, the Tribune engaged an express rider to meet the steamer (for Boston) at Halifax, and convey the news package with all speed across Nova Scotia to the Bay of Fundy, where a fast steamboat was to meet him and carry him to Portland, Me., whence a special locomotive would take him to Boston, from which point his budget would be hastened on to New York by rail and on horseback. Modern enterprise can not hope to excel this scheme, and we can sympathize with the editor in its failure to save him from being beaten. The rider made his way across Nova Scotia through drifts so
ge were earnestly striving, both in town meeting and in the legislature, to be set off from the Port and East Cambridge as a separate town under the name of Cambridge. But these local dissensions were temporarily healed by the Act to establish the City of Cambridge, approved March 17, 1846. While the excitement attendant upon the adoption of this measure was rife, Mr. Andrew Reid, a Scotchman, who had served an apprenticeship as a printer in his native country and had come to Boston from Halifax and engaged in the printing business, decided to venture the publication of a weekly newspaper in Cambridge. The first number of this sheet, which he called The Cambridge Chronicle, appeared on Thursday, May 17, 1846, issued from an office over the grocery store of the late Joseph A. Holmes on the corner of Main and Magazine streets. The initial number contained a full account of the inauguration of the new city government on the previous Monday, May 7, with Mayor Green's speech in full
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