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urse there was some risk attending the sending of it in the mails. To obviate this risk an allotment plan was adopted by means of which when the troops were visited by the paymaster, on signing a roll prepared for that purpose, so much of their pay as they wished was allotted or assigned by the soldiers to whomsoever they designated at the North. To illustrate: John Smith had four months pay due him at the rate of $13 a month. He decided to allot $10 per month of this to his wife at Plymouth, Mass.; so the paymaster pays him $12, and the remaining $40 is paid to his wife by check in Plymouth, without any further action on the part of John. This plan was a great convenience to both the soldiers and their families. In this division of his income the calculation of the soldier was to save out enough for himself to pay all incidental expenses of camp life, such as washing, tobacco, newspapers, pies and biscuits, bought of Aunty, and cheese and cakes of the sutler. But in spite o
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 6: the Army of the Potomac.--the Trent affair.--capture of Roanoke Island. (search)
him over to. Greer. He then returned for Slidell, who gave him to understand that a good deal of force would be required to make him go. The passengers gathered around in great commotion, making contemptuous remarks, with, threats of violence, and one cried out, Shoot him! The wife and daughter of Slidell joined in vehement protests, and the latter struck Fairfax in the face, according to the testimony of Capt. Williams, who told the story of this cabin scene in an after-dinner speech at Plymouth. Some of the public papers, he said, have described her as having slapped Mr. Fairfax's face. [Here his audience cried out, Served him right if she did, and Bravo. ] She did strike Mr. Fairfax, he continued, and the audience gave cheers in her honor. But she did not do it. with the vulgarity of gesture which has been attributed to her. Miss Slidell was with her father in the cabin, with her arm encircling his neck, and she wished to be taken to prison with her father. (Hear, hear.) Mr
interest had become diffused and intensified, and the Hall was crowded with earnest auditors. The Rev. William E. Channing, then the most eminent clergyman in New England, appeared among the champions of Free Speech. Professor Follen concluded, and was followed by Samuel E. Sewall, William Lloyd Garrison, and William Goodell — the last-named stigmatizing the demand of the South and its backers as an assault on the liberties of the North. Mr. Bond, a Boston merchant, and Dr. Bradley, from Plymouth, were prompted by the impulse of the hour to add their unpremeditated remonstrances against the contemplated invasion of time-honored rights. Darkness had set in when the Committee rose, and a low murmur of approving multitudes gave token that the cause of liberty had triumphed. The Committee reported adversely to the agitators and fanatics at the heel of the session, but in evident despair of any accordant action; and none was ever had. Massachusetts refused to manacle her own people in
seizes Fort Smith, 498. Boston, memorializes Congress on the Missouri question, 78; respectable Pro-Slavery mob at, 127; repugnance to the Fugitive Slave Law, 215. Boston Courier, The, on Secession, etc., 356. Boston Post, The, on the President's calls, 457. Boteler, A. R., of Va., 372. Boyce, W. W., of S. C., speech at Columbia, 332. Boyd, Col., reinforces Price at Lexington, 587. Boyd, Linn, of Ky., 208; chosen Speaker, 226; again chosen, 250. Bradley, Dr., of Plymouth, Mass., 125. Bragg, Gen. Braxton, his order as to Fort Pickens, 436; 601; attacks Wilson's Zouaves, etc., 602. Braine, Lieut., commanding the Monticello, 601. branch, Adjt., (Rebel,) killed at Bull Run, 545. Branson, Jacob, arrested by Sheriff Jones, 242. Breckinridge, John C., nominated for Vice-President, 246; elected, 248; vote for, in the Douglas Convention, 318; nominated for President, 319; 322; review of the canvass, 323 to 326; classified table of the Presidential vote,
the representative of her Majesty's Government, and I call upon the officers of the ship and passengers generally to mark my words, when, in the name of the British Government, and in distinct language, I denounce this as an illegal act, an act in violation of international law; an act indeed of wanton piracy, which, had we the means of defence, you would not dare to attempt. Speech of Commander Williams. At a public dinner given by the Royal Western Yacht Club of England, at Millbay, Plymouth, on December 12th, Commander Williams, mail agent on board the royal steamer Trent, in response to the toast of The health of our gallant and worthy guest, Commander Williams, made the following remarks: Mr. Chairman, Mr. Vice-Chairman, gentlemen, and brother members of this the Royal Western Yacht Club, it is not with the feelings of arrogance and presumption which Mr. Fairfax has thought proper to impute to me that I will now endeavor, as well as severe illness will permit me, to conve
ere or why it obtained its name 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 hig
re swept away by a great and grievous plague, that was amongst them, so that there are very few left to inhabit the country. Gookin says: I have discoursed with some old Indians, that were then youths (in the time of the plague), who say that the bodies all over were exceedingly yellow; describing it by a yellow garment they showed me, both before they died and afterwards. It is estimated that, on the arrival of the English, there were about twenty thousand Indians within fifty miles of Plymouth. Their government was rather patriarchal than monarchical. Several hundreds, united under one head, made a family; and their head was called Sagamore. When several families were united under one head, that head was called Sachem. The territory for many miles round Mystic River was owned and occupied by small tribes or detachments, each having its own head. The land on which we live belonged to Sagamore John. He had a brother James, who was Sagamore at Saugus. Their father bequeathed hi
upon the granted premises. In this manner, forty-four towns were constituted and established within the Plymouth and Massachusetts Colonies before the year 1655, without any more formal act of incorporation. Among the oldest are the following: Plymouth, 1620; Salem, 1629 ; Charlestown, 1629; Boston, 1630; Medford or Mystic, 1630; Watertown, 1630; Roxbury, 1630; Dorchester, 1630 ; Cambridge or Newton, 1633; Ipswich, 1634; Concord, 1635; Hingham, 1635; Newbury, 1635; Scituate, 1636; Springfield, as the law directs, to the town-treasury. At a later period (1751), the town voted, that if any one refused to take the office to which he had been elected, he should pay into the treasury £ 1. 6s. 8d., lawful money. In 1632, the people of Plymouth enact, that whoever refuses the office of Governor shall pay £ 20, unless he was chose two years going. Feb. 9, 1729: The inhabitants of Medford took a deep interest in supporting the rights secured by the Charter; and readily paid their shar
Medford takes a rich share in the political honors of the country. At an early date, it expressed its determination to preserve inviolate the rights and privileges secured to the colony by the charter of 1629. When the four colonies of Plymouth, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Haven united, May 19, 1643, under the name of The United Colonies of New England, their politics and patriotism seem to expand together. This fraternal bond was especially strengthened in our ancestors' hearts, when, by the charter of Oct. 7, 1691, Plymouth was annexed to Massachusetts. May 10, 1643: The General Court say that the whole plantation, within this jurisdiction, is divided into four shires; to wit, Essex, Norfolk, Middlesex, and Suffolk. Each had eight towns, except Norfolk, which had six. June 4, 1689: Ensign Peter Tufts was chosen by the town as Representative, according to the Honorable Council's signification. May 21, 1690: Peter Tufts was chosen Deputy to attend the first sessio
public worship in said parish the present year. This temporary and precarious provision for the support of God's worship and the spread of Christianity does not sound much like those iron-bound resolves of our pious ancestors, wherein life and property were for ever dedicated to God and to his church. Whether the voluntary system, as adopted in New England, is or is not a failure, is with some no longer a question. April 9, 1849: Voted, unanimously, to give Rev. George W. Briggs, of Plymouth, an invitation to settle with us as our minister in the gospel. $1,200 salary. April 15, Mr. Briggs communicated his refusal in a short and satisfactory letter. June 11, 1849: Voted that the parish vote by yeas and nays on the motion to extend an invitation to the Rev. John Pierpont to settle with them in the ministry for one year, with a salary of one thousand dollars,--provided the connection be dissolved on either side by giving a previous notice of six months. Yeas, 25; nays, 24.
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