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Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 4. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book IV:—the war in the South-West. (search)
e spread among even the most sceptical, and every one seemed personally interested in the success of the dam. The soldiers went into the ice-cold water in spite of the force of the current, and with their heads exposed to a burning sun. The darkness of the night did not retard their energies. Great fires built on the bluffs furnished light and revealed to the enemy, who were unable to hamper them, the progress of the great enterprise which was to rob them of their prey. Finally, on the 8th of May the two wings met. Boats loaded with bricks and sunk at the extremity formed the connecting-link over which the waters of the river poured with violence. These waters thus dammed up rose rapidly on the upper side, and covered the rapids above which the fleet was stopped. The decisive moment had arrived. But although the rapids were practicable, the navigation of them was, for all that, exceedingly difficult. The sole channel which the vessels could follow was narrow and winding from on
od. The dangers apprehended from England seemed to require a union consecrated by the holiest rites. The public mind of the colony was in other respects ripening for democratic liberty. It could not rest satisfied with leaving the assistants in possession of all authority, and of an almost independent existence; and the magistrates, with the exception of the passionate Ludlow, were willing to yield. It was therefore agreed, at the next general court, that the governor and assist- 1632 May 8. ants should be annually chosen. The people, satisfied with the recognition of their right, reelected their former magistrates with silence and modesty. The germ of a representative government was already visible; each town was ordered to choose two men, to appear at the next court of assistants, and concert a plan for a public treasury. The measure had become necessary; for a levy, made by the assistants alone, had already awakened alarm and opposition. While a happy destiny was thus
restoration of the prerogatives of the crown. Both 1701 April 21. were named in the bill which was introduced into parliament for the abrogation of all American charters. Chap. XIX.} The journals of the house of lords relate that Con- 1701. May 8. necticut was publicly heard against the bill, contending that its liberties were held by contract, in return for services that had been performed; that the taking away of so many charters would destroy all confidence in royal promises, and wouldas torn from her children, and sent to jail. Parris had had a rival in George April 22. Burroughs, who, having formerly preached in Salem village, had had friends there desirous of his settlement. He, too, a skeptic in witchcraft, was accused May 8 and committed. Thus far, there had been no success in obtaining confessions, though earnestly solicited. It had been hinted, also, that confessing was the avenue to safety. At last, Deliverance Hobbs owned May 11. every thing that was asked o
part of New York which is watered by streams that flow to the St. Lawrence, was first visited exclusively by the French. But the fixed hostility and the power of the Five Nations left no hope of success in gaining safe intercourse by the St. Lawrence. To preserve the avenue to the west by the Ottawa, Pijart and Charles Raymbault, in 1640, on their pilgrimage to the Huron country, attempted the conversion of the roving tribes that were masters of the highways; and, in the following 1641. May 8. year, they roamed as missionaries with the Algonquins Relation 1642 p. 152. of Lake Nipissing. Towards the close of summer, these wandering Ibid. p. 153. tribes prepared to celebrate their festival of the dead,—to gather up the bones of their deceased friends, and give them jointly an honorable sepulchre. To this ceremony all the confederate nations were invited; and, as they approach the shore, on a deep 1641. Sept. bay in Lake Iroquois, their canoes advance in regular array, and th
rdly passed Sandy Hook, when on Saturday, the sixth of May, the delegates to the continental congress from Massachusetts and Connecticut, drew near. Three miles from the city, they were met by a company of grenadiers and a regiment of the city militia under arms, by carriages and a cavalcade, and by many thousands of persons on foot. Along roads which were crowded as if the whole city had come out to meet them, they made their entry, amidst loud acclamations, the ring- Chap. XXXI.} 1775. May 8. ing of bells, and every demonstration of joy. On Monday the delegation from Massachusetts, with a part of that of New York, were escorted across the Hudson River by two hundred of the militia under arms, and three hundred citizens; and triumphal honors awaited them at Newark and Elizabethtown. The governor of New Jersey could not conceal his chagrin, that Gage had risked commencing hostilities, before the experiment had been tried of attempting to cajole the several colonial legislatu
people. Repairing to the north, he sent the alarm through the hills of Vermont; and on Sunday, the seventh of Chap. XXXII.} 1775. May. May, about one hundred Green Mountain Boys and near fifty soldiers from Massachusetts, under the mand of Easton, rallied at Castleton. Just the arrived Benedict Arnold, with only one attendant. He brought a commission from the Massachusetts committee of safety, which was disregarded, and the men unanimously elected Ethan Allen their chief. On the eighth of May, the party began the march; late on the ninth, they arrived at Orwell. With the utmost difficulty, a few boats were got together, and eighty-three men crossing the lake with Allen, landed near the garrison. The boats were sent back for Seth Warner and the rear guard; but if they were to be waited for, there could be no surprise. The men were, therefore, at once drawn up in three ranks, and as the first beams of morning broke upon the mountain peaks, Allen addressed them: Friends and f
f the rights of mankind. In Washington's camp Lafayette smiled as he read, that his government dated the independence of America from the moment of its own declaration, and said prophetically: Therein lies a principle of national sovereignty which one day will be recalled to them at home. On the sixth the alliance was 6. celebrated at Valley Forge. After a salute of thirteen cannon and a running fire of all the musketry, the army, drawn up in two lines, shouted: Long Chap. IV.} 1778. May 8. live the king of France! and again: Long live the friendly European powers! and the ceremonies were closed by a huzza for the American states. In an address to the inhabitants of the United States, congress assumed that independence was secured, and they proclaimed the existence of a new people, though they could not hide its want of a government. They rightly represented its territory as of all others the most extensive and most blessed in its climate and productions; they confessed fi
rried by the vote of Pennsylvania and Delaware, with the four New England states. But the state of New York, guided by Jay and Gouverneur Morris, altogether refused to insist on a right by treaty to fisheries; and Gouverneur Morris, on the eighth of May, calling to mind the exhausted May 8. situation of the United States, the derangement of their finances, and the defect of their resources, Secret Journals of Congress, II. 154. moved that the acknowledgment of independence should be the May 8. situation of the United States, the derangement of their finances, and the defect of their resources, Secret Journals of Congress, II. 154. moved that the acknowledgment of independence should be the sole condition of peace. The motion was declared to be out of order by the votes of the four New England states, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, against the unanimous vote of New York, Maryland, and North Carolina; while Delaware, Virginia, and South Carolina were equally divided. The French minister now intervened, and on the twenty-seventh of May congress went back 27. o its resolve, that in no case, by any treaty of peace, should the common right of fishing be given Chap. IX.} 1779. Jun
f his own partisans, who was totally ignorant of the relations of America to France, and very young, with no experience in public business, having a very scant knowledge of the foreign relations of his own country. Arriving in Paris on the eighth of May, Grenville May 8. delivered to Franklin a most cordial letter of introduction from Fox, and met with the heartiest welcome. After receiving him at breakfast, Franklin took him in his own carriage to Versailles; and there the dismissed postmMay 8. delivered to Franklin a most cordial letter of introduction from Fox, and met with the heartiest welcome. After receiving him at breakfast, Franklin took him in his own carriage to Versailles; and there the dismissed postmaster-general for America, at the request of the British secretary of state, introduced the son of the author of the American stamp act as the British plenipotentiary to the minister for foreign affairs of the Bourbon king. Statesmen at Paris and Vienna were amused on hearing that the envoy of the rebel colonies was become the introductor of the representatives of Great Britain at the court of Versailles. Vergennes received Grenville most cordially as the nephew of an old friend, but smiled
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 1., Literal copy of Births, deaths, and Marriages in Medford from earliest records. (search)
5 Stephen ffrances his daughter lydia borne June 11: 1686 Peter Tufts his sone Cotton Borne July 28 1686 peter Tufts his sone Cotton dyed December 23 1686 Caleb Brooks his daughter Susan dyed October 30: 1686 Stephen Willis his sone Benjaman borne February 14: 168 6/7 Daniell Woodward his daugh Abigail born March 12 168 6/7 Capt Nathaniell Wade his daugh dorothy borne Aprill 30: 1687 Isack Fox his sone Samuell Borne July 4: 1687 Peter Tufts his daughter mercy Borne May 8: 168 6/7 John Bradsho his daughter mary borne march 8: 168 7/8 Peter Tufts his daughter mercy dyed February 7: 168 7/8 Capt Jonath Wade his daughter dorithy borne Aprill 11: 1688 John Tufts his daughter mary borne ——29: 1688 Jonathan Tufts his sone John Borne Decemb 15: 1688 Jonathan Tufts the sone of Jonathan & Rebekah Tufts dyed ——b 21: 1688 Elizibeth Brad—— February 26 168 8/9 John Tufts the sone of Peter Tufts and Mercy Tufts Borne february the 26 168 8/9 Jun
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