Minute Book 2

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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asked for, to consider upon the subject before an answer  should be returned. that being refused, and our men being  individually interrogated, each one answered, that he could  not consent to comply with their propositions. One of  the mob replied, that he was sorry, for the work of  destruction would commence immediately. In a short  time, the , which was a two story brick  building, was assailed by the mob and soon down and  with it much valuable property destroyed. Next they went  to the for the same purpose, but , one of the  owners, agreeing to close it, they abandoned their design.  their next move was their dragging off  from his house and family, to the publick square, when  surrounded by hundreds, they partially stripped him of  his cloths, and tared and feathered him from head to foot.
A man, by the name of , was also tared and feathered  at the same time. This was Saturday, and the mob agreed to  meet on the following Tuesday, to accomplish their purpose, of  driving or massacreeing the society. Tuesday came and  and the mob also bearing with them a red flag, in token  of blood. Some two or three of the principal men of the  society offered their lives, if that would appease the wrath of  the mob. so that the rest of the society might dwell in  peace upon their lands; answer was that, unless the  society would consent to leave en masse, every man  should die for himself. Being in a defenceless  situation, to save a general massacree, it was agreed  that one half of the society should leave the  by the first of next January, and the remainder  by the first of the following April; a treaty was  entered into and ratified and all things went on  smoothly for awhile; but sometime in October the  wrath of the mob began again to <be> kindled, insomuch  that they shot at some of our people, whipped others, [p. 164]
asked for, to consider upon the subject before an answer should be returned. that being refused, and our men being individually interrogated, each one answered, that he could not consent to comply with their propositions. One of the mob replied, that he was sorry, for the work of destruction would commence immediately. In a short time, the , which was a two story brick building, was assailed by the mob and soon down and with it much valuable property destroyed. Next they went to the for the same purpose, but , one of the owners, agreeing to close it, they abandoned their design. their next move was their dragging off from his house and family, to the publick square, when surrounded by hundreds, they partially stripped him of his cloths, and tared and feathered him from head to foot.
A man, by the name of , was also tared and feathered at the same time. This was Saturday, and the mob agreed to meet on the following Tuesday, to accomplish their purpose, of driving or massacreeing the society. Tuesday came and and the mob also bearing with them a red flag, in token of blood. Some two or three of the principal men of the society offered their lives, if that would appease the wrath of the mob. so that the rest of the society might dwell in peace upon their lands; answer was that, unless the society would consent to leave en masse, every man should die for himself. Being in a defenceless situation, to save a general massacree, it was agreed that one half of the society should leave the by the first of next January, and the remainder by the first of the following April; a treaty was entered into and ratified and all things went on smoothly for awhile; but sometime in October the wrath of the mob began again to be kindled, insomuch that they shot at some of our people, whipped others, [p. 164]
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