A Historical Collection from Official Records, Files

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General Books LLC, 2009 - History - 690 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1842. Excerpt: ... about two heurs after Capt. Betts saw him; he was then dead, and the top of his skull torn off, supposed to be blown off by a musket to despatch him. And further saith not, before me. Thadoeus Betts, Justice of the Peace. LETTER FROM SAMUEL C. SILLIMAN, ESQ., TO COL. ST. JOHN. It appears by a letter from Samuel C. Silliman, Esq., of Norwalk, dated 177S, to Col. St. John, then a member of the General Assembly, that Col. St. John issued a writ in favor of a Mr. Comstock, against two of Sheldon's light hersemen, taken by constable Lockwood, for taking property not their own, whe were taken before said Silliman for trial; but before the trial had began, the captain of the two light hersemen, (i. e. Capt. Stoddard of Col. Sheldon's regiment) came in, in great fury, with a party of his light hersemen, all armed, and their sworda drawn, and pointed at the breasts of the court and by-stancers, and wrested the offenders from them, and defied the autherity; laid violent hands on Mr. Comstock the prosecutor, and dragged him from the heuse. The court, when attempting to quell the riot, was accosted by one of said light hersemen, with his sword pointed at the breast of the court, swore he would run him through, if he offered the least resistance. They then forced Mr. Comstock and one of his sons, on to herses and carried them off, and swore they would take them to their quarters and keep them under guard. They drove them two or three miles, constantly threatening them, in the most abusive language, and then dismissed them. REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON DAMAGES SUSTAINED IN WEST HAVEN BY THE INCURSION OF THE BRITISH. It was represented to the Legislature, held at Hartford, January 10, 1782, that on the 30th day of August, 1781, a party of British troops and refugees, mado an ...

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