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all who were likely to draw the sword for America, he had the precedence in military rank. He paid court to the patriots of Massachusetts, and left them confident of his aid in the impending struggle. He on his part saw in the New England yeomanry the best materials for an army. Meantime the delegates of Massachusetts to the general congress were escorted by great numbers as far as Watertown, where many had gathered to bid them a solemn and affectionate farewell. As they reached Connecticut river, they received a letter of advice from the great patriot of Northampton. We must fight, wrote Hawley, we must fight, if we cannot otherwise rid ourselves of British taxation. The form of government enacted for us by the British parliament is evil against right, utterly intolerable to every man who has any idea or feeling of right or liberty. There is not heat enough yet for battle; constant and negative resistance will increase it. There is not military skill enough; that is improvi
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 7., An eighteenth century enterprise. (search)
ne was needed, so little did people journey a century ago. All boats were limited by the Rules, to within a certain size, this made requisite by the locks, while the rafts of logs bound for the ship-yards of Medford, were towed in bands and passed the locks singly. Steam navigation had become an assured fact on the Hudson river in 1807, one year before Mr. Sullivan took charge of the canal, but years before the canal went into operation a steamboat was successfully operated upon the Connecticut river, and its owner and inventor was interviewed by Fulton, who, it seems, only made successful application of the inventions of John Fitch in Delaware and Samuel Morey in New Hampshire, assisted by the wealth of Livingston. Morey, to his dying day, complained bitterly of their treatment of him, saying that the cusses had stolen his invention. Not despairing, however, he invented a new form of engine, for which he secured a patent. This was acquired by Sullivan, after his experience with
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 30., A New ship, a New colony, and a New church. (search)
line, of my grandfather Nathan now number no more than six. I presume those of William and Lemuel [his brothers] are many times that number. As the writer, Charles C. Holton, mentioned his grandfather Nathan, we began our search along the genealogical line, which took us backward to one William Holton, who came over from England in the ship Francis to Charlestown in 1634, and was among the company that migrated from New-towne (i.e., Cambridge) and settled another New-towne on the Connecticut river, later and now called Hartford. That he did so, going over the Indian trail, later known as the Bay path, shows his pioneering spirit, and furthermore that he was of the earliest settlers of Northampton and one of the honored committee to begin at Northfield gives additional interest. In the fifth generation of Holtons we find that grandfather Nathan Holton was born in Northfield in 1753. He was the youngest of his father's family of six daughters and three sons, whose home was on t
0. In 1839, his party becoming bolder and stronger, he was triumphantly elected, in opposition to Mr. Mar the majority being greater than his previous minority. Without having passed through the lower stratum of the House of representatives, he was, in 1849, elected to the of the United States for six years.--He gave so much satisfaction that he was elected in 1855. S. P. Chase, Secretary of Treasury. Salmon Portland Chase was born at Corn- N. H., on the opposite bank of the Connecticut river from Windsor, Vt., in the year . When nine years of age his father died, and three years after this bereavement, in the young Chase was found at the seminary in Worthington, Ohio, then conducted by the Venerable Bishop Philander Chase, his uncle. Here he remained until Bishop Chase accepted the Presidency of Cincinnati College, and was entered there. After a year's residence in Cincinnati, he returned to his maternal home in New Hampshire, and shortly after resumed his studies in Dar
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