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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing) 98 0 Browse Search
George Bancroft, History of the United States from the Discovery of the American Continent, Vol. 6, 10th edition. 24 0 Browse Search
HISTORY OF THE TOWN OF MEDFORD, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, FROM ITS FIRST SETTLEMENT, IN 1630, TO THE PRESENT TIME, 1855. (ed. Charles Brooks) 20 0 Browse Search
Charles A. Nelson , A. M., Waltham, past, present and its industries, with an historical sketch of Watertown from its settlement in 1630 to the incorporation of Waltham, January 15, 1739. 16 0 Browse Search
The writings of John Greenleaf Whittier, Volume 1. (ed. John Greenleaf Whittier) 10 0 Browse Search
Cambridge History of American Literature: volume 1, Colonial and Revolutionary Literature: Early National Literature: Part I (ed. Trent, William Peterfield, 1862-1939., Erskine, John, 1879-1951., Sherman, Stuart Pratt, 1881-1926., Van Doren, Carl, 1885-1950.) 8 0 Browse Search
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the several West Indies, captured the brig Clarence, which was fitted out as a privateer and provided with a crew, under Lt. C. W. Read, late a midshipman in our navy. This new b<*>aneer immediately steered northward, and, sweeping, up our southern coast, captured some valuable prizes; along them, when near Cape Henry, the bark Tacony, June 12, 1863. to which Read transferred his men, and stood on up the coast; passing along off the mouths of the Chesapeake, Delaware, New York, and Massachusetts bays, seizing and destroying merchant and fishing vessels utterly unsuspicious of danger; until, at length, learning that swift; cruisers were on his track, he burned the Tacony (in which he would have been easily recognized), and in the prize schooner Archer, to which he had transferred his armament and crew, stood boldly in for the harbor of Portland; casting anchor at sunset June 24. at its entrance, and sending at midnight two armed boats with muffled oars up nearly to the city, to s
Colonel Theodore Lyman, With Grant and Meade from the Wilderness to Appomattox (ed. George R. Agassiz), Introduction (search)
New England is of old English stock. Its founder, one Richard Lyman, came to America in 1681, on the good ship Lyon, which among its sixty odd passengers included John Eliot, and the wife of Governor Winthrop and her children. The first Theodore Lyman, a direct descendant of Richard in the fifth generation, was the son of the pastor of Old York in the District of Maine. Maine was then a part of Massachusetts. Toward the end of the eighteenth century Theodore left York, and came to Massachusetts Bay, where he settled in Boston. There he became a successful man of business, and laid the foundation of the family fortunes. The second Theodore (1792-1849) was born in Boston, and graduated from Harvard in 1810. He was a man of note in the community of his time; had studied abroad and travelled in Eastern Europe, an unusual circumstance in his day; and was Mayor of Boston in 1834 and 1835. In 1820 he married the beautiful and accomplished Mary Henderson of New York. Their only
and River of Canada. This grant was called Laconia. So little was known of the continent that it was supposed the River of Canada (the St. Lawrence) was within a hundred miles of the mouth of the Merrimack. It seems to be beyond dispute that this colony of Laconia was established by prominent merchants whose aim was to establish stations for fishing and carrying on commerce. Entire freedom of religious views was permitted, and Wheelwright and Hutchinson came here when expelled from Massachusetts Bay. The land within certain portions of the grant was afterwards occupied under the designation of New Hampshire, and this included the territory now known as Vermont. The townships were all laid out with a church and parsonage lot, or glebe, and a school lot, after the manner of the Church of England. This was in compliance with an order made to the ministers by the council. New Hampshire was settled in organized plantations about the year 1623. A charter was given to Mason and
we know not. It presented the decisive reason to our ancestors for settling on this spot. We apprehend it is very much to-day what it was two hundred years ago. The tide rises about twelve feet at the bridge, and about eight at Rock Hill; but it rises and falls so gently as not to wear away the banks, even when ice floats up and down in its currents. The first record we have concerning it is Sept. 21, 1621. On that day, a band of pilgrim adventurers from Plymouth came by water to Massachusetts Bay; and they coasted by the opening of our river. In their report they remark: Within this bay the salvages say there are two rivers; the one whereof we saw (Mystic) having a fair entrance, but we had no time to discover it. Johnson says: The form of Charlestown, in the frontispiece thereof, is like the head, neck, and shoulders of a man; only the pleasant and navigable river of Mistick runs through the right shoulder thereof. Rivers were the first highways; and, as it was easier t
ntation thrive, that, on the 28th of September (only four months afterwards), Medford was taxed £ 3 for the support of military teachers. Nov. 30, 1630, another tax of £ 3 was levied. Thus Medford became a part of London's plantation in Massachusetts Bay. Twelve ships had brought, within a year , fifteen hundred persons; and Medford had a large numerical share. The running streams of fresh water in our locality were a great inducement to English settlers; for they thought such streams inde thousand five hundred acres. In proof of this gentleman's profound attachment to the Puritan enterprise, we will here quote a few sentences from the First Letter of the Governor and Deputy of the New England Company for a Plantation in Massachusetts Bay, to the Governor and Council for London's Plantation in the Massachusetts Bay, in New England. April 17, 1629: Many men and various articles for trade and use having been sent from London, the letter says:-- We pray you give all good ac
The Council also sold all the lands being within the space of three English miles on the south of Charles River and Massachusetts Bay, and within the same space on the north of the river Monomack, and of all parts of said rivers and bay, and from th, 1642; Malden, 1649. London, May 22, 1629: On this day the orders for establishing a government and officers in Massachusetts Bay passed, and said orders were sent to New England(. Although, in the first settlement of New England, different s record of the reply is as follows:-- At a Great and General Court or Assembly for his Majesty's Province of Massachusetts Bay, in New England, begun and held at Boston, upon Wednesday, the 28th of May, 1735, and continued by several adjournmich dropped royalty as a power among us. The form soon substituted was, In the name of the government and people of Massachusetts Bay. By comparing the officers in Medford, as seen in the years 1748 and 1782, it will appear that the separation fr
s of Medford express their opinion. The record runs thus:-- The Constitution and form of government being read, it was put to vote; and there appeared to be thirteen in favor of it, and twenty-three against it. The Constitution for Massachusetts Bay was rejected. The question, whether the State desired a Constitution, was put; and our records, May 17, 1779, have the following:-- Put to vote,--Whether the town choose at this time to have a new Constitution or form of government mained the enemies thereof. The second was passed April 30, 1779, and was entitled An act to confiscate the estates of certain notorious conspirators against the government and liberties of the inhabitants of the late Province, now State, of Massachusetts Bay. The third was passed Sept. 30, 1779, and is entitled An act for confiscating the estates of certain persons commonly called absentees. It is worthy of note, that Colonel Royal's name does not appear in either of the three lists of pros
ood HopeJ. O. Curtis'sJ. O. CurtisF. Burritt & Co. 1200 510 ShipNor'westerS. Lapham'sS. LaphamJ. S. Coolidge & Co.Boston1300 511 ShipEmmaJ. T. Foster'sJ. T. FosterJ. WellsmanCharleston, S. C.875 512 ShipAsterionJ. T. Foster'sJ. T. FosterDavid SnowBoston1170 513 Ship J. T. Foster'sJ. T. Foster(Not sold) 1300 Correct Grand Total, at $5 per ton: 232,206 tons, $10,449,270. Fisheries. To Medford belongs the honor of establishing the first fisheries in London's plantation of Massachusetts Bay. Careful and costly preparations for this business were made in England, in 1629, by Mr. Cradock, who believed it the most promising investment then offered from the New World. In the company's first general letter, under date of April 17, 1629, is indicated a course of trade which was to be pursued by the Medford fishermen. It is thus:-- We have sent five weigh of salt in the Whelpe, and ten weigh in the Talbot. If there be scallops to be had to fish withal, and the season of t
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 9. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), State sovereignty-forgotten testimony. (search)
ies or the individual people thereof. They merely passed resolutions requesting or recommending the colonies (sometimes only the people of a town or county), to do this or that thing or to refrain from doing something. For instance, on 10th June, 1775, even after the war with Great Britain had begun, Congress, On motion, Resolved, That it be, and it is hereby earnestly recommended to the several colonies of New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and the interior towns of Massachusetts Bay, that they immediately furnish the American army before Boston with as much powder, out of the towns and the publick stocks as they can possibly spare, &c. [ American Archives, edition of 1843.] Again, on 1st January, 1776, Congress, by resolution, declared that it be recommended to the Conventions or Committees of safety of South Carolina, Virginia, and the Provisional Council of North Carolina, to make a vigorous opposition to apprehended attacks by British forces on Charlestown
proceedings of the Congress, he might readily have ascertained that the letter to General Gage was written in behalf of the town of Boston and Providence of Massachusetts Bay, the people of which were considered by all America as suffering in the common causes for their noble and spirited opposition to oppressive acts of Parliamenject was to entreat his Excellency, from the assurance we have of the peaceable disposition of the inhabitants of the town of Boston and of the Providence of Massachusetts Bay, to discontinue his fortifications. American Archives, Fourth Series, Vol. I, p. 908. These were the people referred to by the Congress; the children of the Pilgrims, who occupied at that period the town of Boston and the province of Massachusetts Bay, would have been not a little astonished to be reckoned as one people, in any other respect than that of the common cause, with the Roman Catholics of Maryland, the Episcopalians of Virginia, the Quakers of Pennsylvania, or the Baptists
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