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Historic leaves, volume 1, April, 1902 - January, 1903 1 1 Browse Search
George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard) 1 1 Browse Search
Edward H. Savage, author of Police Recollections; Or Boston by Daylight and Gas-Light ., Boston events: a brief mention and the date of more than 5,000 events that transpired in Boston from 1630 to 1880, covering a period of 250 years, together with other occurrences of interest, arranged in alphabetical order 1 1 Browse Search
Brig.-Gen. Bradley T. Johnson, Confederate Military History, a library of Confederate States Military History: Volume 2.1, Maryland (ed. Clement Anselm Evans) 1 1 Browse Search
Cambridge History of American Literature: volume 2 (ed. Trent, William Peterfield, 1862-1939., Erskine, John, 1879-1951., Sherman, Stuart Pratt, 1881-1926., Van Doren, Carl, 1885-1950.) 1 1 Browse Search
The Daily Dispatch: March 23, 1865., [Electronic resource] 1 1 Browse Search
the Rev. W. Turner , Jun. , MA., Lives of the eminent Unitarians 1 1 Browse Search
The Cambridge of eighteen hundred and ninety-six: a picture of the city and its industries fifty years after its incorporation (ed. Arthur Gilman) 1 1 Browse Search
Historic leaves, volume 4, April, 1905 - January, 1906 1 1 Browse Search
Laura E. Richards, Maud Howe, Florence Howe Hall, Julia Ward Howe, 1819-1910, in two volumes, with portraits and other illustrations: volume 1 1 1 Browse Search
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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Declaration of colonial rights. (search)
Declaration of colonial rights. In the first Continental Congress (1774) a committee of two from each colony framed and reported, in the form of a series of ten resolves, a declaration of the rights of the colonies: 1. Their natural rights; 2. That from their ancestry they were entitled to all the rights, liberties, and immunities of free and natural-born subjects of England; 3. That by the emigration to America by their ancestors they never lost any of those rights, and that their descendants were entitled to the exercise of those rights; 4. That the foundation of all free governments is in the right of the people to participate in their legislative council; and as the American colonists could not exercise such right in the British Parliament, they were entitled to a free and exclusive power of legislation in their several provincial legislatures, where the right of representation could alone be preserved. (They conceded the right of Parliament to regulate external commer
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Declaration of Independence in the light of modern criticism, the. (search)
een pressed with so much decisiveness as by John Adams, who took evident pleasure in speaking of it as a document in which were merely recapitulated previous and well-known statements of American rights and wrongs, and who, as late as in the year 1822, deliberately wrote: There is not an idea in it but what had been hackneyed in Congress for two years before. The substance of it is contained in the declaration of rights and the violation of those rights, in the journals of Congress, in 1774. Indeed, the essence of it is contained in a pamphlet, voted and printed by the town of Boston, before the first Congress met, composed by James Otis, as I suppose, in one of his lucid intervals, and pruned and polished by Samuel Adams. Perhaps nowhere in our literature would it be possible to find a criticism brought forward by a really able man against any piece of writing less applicable to the case, and of less force and value, than is this particular criticism by John Adams and oth
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Delaware Indians, (search)
rts, who were innocent, fled for refuge to Philadelphia. These returned to the Susquehanna in 1764, and the Ohio portion made peace at Muskingum the same year, and at Fort Pitt in 1765. The remainder in Pennsylvania emigrated to Ohio, and in 1786 not a Delaware was left east of the Alleghany Mountains. Moravian missionaries went with their flocks, and the Christian Indians increased. The pagans kept upon the war-path until they were severely smitten in a drawn Battle at Point Pleasant, in 1774. The Delawares joined the English when the Revolutionary War broke out, but made peace with the Americans in 1778, when a massacre of ninety of the Christian Indians in Ohio by the Americans aroused the fury of the tribe. Being almost powerless, they fled to the Huron liver and Canada. Under the provisions of a treaty in 1787, a small band of Delawares returned to the Muskingum, the remainder being hostile. These fought Wayne, and were parties to the treaty at Greenville in 1795. The
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Drayton, William Henry, 1742-1779 (search)
d privy councillor for the province of South Carolina, but he soon espoused the cause of the patriots, and protested against the proceedings of his colleagues. In 1774 he addressed a pamphlet to the Continental Congress, in which he stated the grievances of the Americans, and drew up a bill of rights, and substantially marked out the line of conduct adopted by the Congress. He was appointed a judge in 1774, but was suspended from the office when he became a member of the committee of safety at Charleston. The first charge to the grand jury at Camden, S. C., in 1774, by Judge Drayton is conspicuous in American history. In order to stimulate your exerti1774, by Judge Drayton is conspicuous in American history. In order to stimulate your exertions in favor of your civil liberties, which protect your religious rights, he said, instead of discoursing to you on the laws of other states and comparing them to our own, allow me to tell you what your civil liberties are, and to charge you, which I do in the most solemn manner, to hold them dearer than your lives—a lesson and c
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Duane, James, 1733-1797 (search)
Duane, James, 1733-1797 Jurist; born in New York City, Feb. 6, 1733; inherited a large estate at the site of Duanesburg, which he began to settle in 1765. In 1759 he married a daughter of Col. Robert Livingston. He became an active patriot in the Revolution; was a member of the first Continental Congress (1774); also in Congress from 1780 to 1782; was in the Provincial Convention of New York in 1776-77; and was on the committee to draft the first constitution of that State. He returned to New York City in 1783, after the evacuation, and was the first mayor of that city after the Revolution. In 1783-84 he was a member of the council and State Senator, and in 1788 was a member of the convention of New York that adopted the national Constitution. From 1789 to 1794 he was United States district judge. He died in Duanesburg, N. Y., Feb. 1, 1797. Late in May, 1775, Judge Duane moved in Congress, in committee of the whole, the opening of negotiations in order to accommodate the
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Duche, Jacob, 1737- (search)
Duche, Jacob, 1737- Clergyman; born in Philadelphia, in 1737; educated at the University of Pennsylvania; and became an eloquent Episcopalian. A descendant of a Huguenot, he naturally loved freedom. Assistant minister of Christ Church, Philadelphia, he was invited by the Continental Congress of 1774 to open their proceedings with prayer, and received their public thanks. In 1775 he became rector of Christ Church, and espoused the patriot cause. Of a timid nature, Duche, when the British took possession of Philadelphia (1777), alarmed by the gloomy outlook, forsook the Americans, and, in a letter to Washington, urged him to do likewise. This letter was transmitted to Congress, and Duche fled to England, where he became a popular preacher. His estate was confiscated, and he was banished as a traitor. In 1790 Duche returned to Philadelphia, where he died Jan. 3, 1798. First prayer in Congress. The following is the of Dr. Ducheas first prayer in Congress: O Lord, o
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Dunmore, John Murray, Earl of, 1732-1809 (search)
me purpose. In 1775, finding the people of his colony committed to the cause of freedom, he engaged in a conspiracy to bring the Indians in hostile array against the Virginia frontier. He employed Dr. John Connelly, whom he had commissioned in 1774 to lead a movement for sustaining the claims of Virginia to the whole district of Pennsylvania west of Lord Dunmore's signature. the Alleghany Mountains. He was a native of Pennsylvania, and lived at Pittsburg; and it is believed that he sugges He was put in jail and his papers were sent to the Continental Congress. He was kept a prisoner until about the end of the war. What is known historically as Dunmore's War was a campaign against the Ohio Indians undertaken by Lord Dunmore in 1774. The cold-blooded murder of the family of Logan (q. v.), an eminent Mingo chief, and other atrocities, had caused fearful retaliation on the part of the barbarians. While Pennsylvanians and the agents of the Six Nations were making efforts f
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Dyer, Eliphalet, 1721-1807 (search)
Dyer, Eliphalet, 1721-1807 Jurist; born in Windham, Conn., Sept. 28, 1721; graduated at Yale College in 1740; became a lawyer; and was a member of the Connecticut legislature from 1745 to 1762. He commanded a regiment in the French and Indian War; was made a member of the council in 1762; and, as an active member of the Susquehanna Company, went to England as its agent in 1763. Mr. Dyer was a member of the Stamp Act Congress in 1765, and was a member of the first Continental Congress in 1774. He remained in that body during the entire war excepting in 1779. He was judge of the Supreme Court of Connecticut in 1766, and was chief-justice from 1789 to 1793. He died in Windham, May 13, 1807. Judge Dyer is alluded to in the famous doggerel poem entitled Lawyers and Bullfrogs, the introduction to which avers that at Old Windham, in Connecticut, after a long drought, a frog-pond became almost dry, and a terrible battle was fought one night by the frogs to decide which should keep pos
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Easton, James, 1763- (search)
Easton, James, 1763- Military officer; born in Hartford, Conn.: became a builder, and settled in Pittsfield, Mass., in 1763. Active in business and strong in intellect, he became a leader in public affairs there, and was chosen to a seat in the Massachusetts Assembly in 1774. He was also colonel in the militia, and held the position of leader of the minute-men of that town. When the expedition to assail Ticonderoga was organized in western Massachusetts, Colonel Easton joined Allen and Arnold in accomplishing the undertaking, and it was he who bore the first tidings of success to the Provincial Congress of Massachusetts. He died in Pittsfield, Mass.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Elbert, Samuel, 1743-1788 (search)
Elbert, Samuel, 1743-1788 Military officer; born in Prince William parish, S. C., in 1743; was made captain of a grenadier company in 1774; joined the Revolutionary army in 1776. He led an expedition into East Florida in April, 1778, and took Fort Oglethorpe; afterwards displayed great bravery in the assault on Savannah in December, 1778. He was captured by the British in the engagement at Brier Creek, March 3, 1779; afterwards was exchanged and re-entered the American army; was brevetted brigadier-general, Nov. 3, 1783; became governor of Georgia in 1785. He died in Savannah, Ga., Nov. 2, 1788.
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