Thursday, June 13, 2013

"and that the people who had no arms, should furnish themselves"

   "To support and encourage these friends to the royal cause, the British generals moved up the river to Augusta. They sent out numerous emissaries, who represented to them that now was the time to join the royal standard. They were told that they wanted nothing but to unite their strength, to become incomparably the stronger party, and to be enabled to take vengeance on those who had so long loaded them with indignities, and to entitle them to the high rewards which await those who are found faithful among the faithless. The royalists rose in arms, put themselves under the command of Colonel Boyd, one of their chiefs; and moving towards the British army, pillaged burnt and murdered on their way. Mean-time, the Carolinians collected a force, which under the command of Colonel Pickens, met them, just as they had nearly reached the British posts. A furious conflict ensued. The republicans killed great numbers, and totally defeated the party. Seventy-six of the most guilty were condemned to death as criminals; but mercy was extended to the whole number of the condemned, except five...."[Pg. 218]

"...The army at Plattsburg had been reduced by the departure of General Izard for Fort Erie. Sir George Prevost seized this opportunity for making the projected invasion. Having concentrated his force on the frontier of Canada, he entered the American territory on the 3d of September. From Champlain, he issued a proclamation, assuring the inhabitants that his arms would only be directed against the government, and those who supported it; while no injury should be done to the peaceful and unoffending. The fire of genuine patriotism kindled in the breasts of the Americans, at the news that the foot of the invader pressed the soil of their country, and that he had dared to call on the people to separate themselves from their government. The inhabitants of the northern part of New York, and the hardy sons of the Green Mountains, rose in arms without distinction of party. and hastened towards the scene of action...."[Pg. 387]

   "At the opening of the year 1768, every thing appeared to indicate a rupture between the colonies and the parent state. The agent of the province was refused admission to the presence of the king. A report was circulated that the troops had been ordered to march into Boston, a dreadful alarm took place, and all ranks of men joined in beseeching the governor that a general assembly might be convoked. The answer of Governor Bernard was, that by his last instructions from England, he was prevented from complying with this wish of the people.

   "On this refusal, the select men of Boston proposed to the several towns in the colony to hold a convention, which was accordingly holden in that town on the 22d of September. In this convention it was resolved that they would defend their violated rights at the peril of their lives and fortunes, and that the people who had no arms, should furnish themselves. At the same time, they thought it proper to assure the government of pacific intentions, and requested again that an assembly be called; but after transmitting tn England an account of their proceedings, and the reasons which had induced them to assemble, they were again refused, and stigmatized with the appellation of rebels.

   "The refractory spirit of the people of Boston had been so often displayed, that General Gage, who was commander in chief of the troops in the colonies, was ordered to station a regiment in that town, not only to overawe the citizens, but to protect the officers of the revenue in the discharge of their duty. Before the order was executed, the seizure of a sloop belonging to Mr. Hancock, an eminent merchant and a popular leader, occasioned a riot, in which those officers were insulted and beaten." [HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES OR REPUBLIC OF AMERICA: EXHIBITED IN CONNEXION WITH ITS CHRONOLOGY & PROGRESSIVE GEOGRAPHY; BY MEANS OF A SERIES OF MAPS: The first of which shows the country as inhabited by various tribes of Indians at the time of its discovery, and the remainder, its state at different subsequent epochas; so arranged, as to associate the principal events of the history and their dates with the places in which they occurred: arranged on the plan of teaching History adopted in Troy Female Seminary. DESIGNED FOR SCHOOLS AND PRIVATE LIBRARIES. OFFERED TO THE PUBLIC BY EMMA WILLARD, PRINCIPAL OF TROY FEMALE SEMINARY. NEW YORK: WHITE, GALLAHER & WHITE. 1828. Pg. 841]

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