Newgate of Connecticut: Its Origins and Early History. Being a Full Description of the Famous and Wonderful Simsbury Mines and Caverns, and the Prison Built Over Them. To which is Added All the Incidents, Insurrections, and Massacres, Connected with Their Use as a Prison for the Tories During the Revolution. Also. An Illustrated Description of the State Prison at Wethersfield
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Page 52 - Knowest thou not this of old, since man was placed upon earth, That the triumphing of the wicked is short, and the joy of the hypocrite but for a moment?
Page 28 - Tory, who called them d — -d rebels, &c., and made him walk before them to Litchfield, which is twenty miles, and carry one of his own geese all the way in his hand. When they arrived there, they tarred him, and made him pluck his goose, and then bestowed the feathers on him, drummed him out of the company, and obliged him to kneel down and thank them for their lenity.
Page 43 - And the LORD sold them into the hand of Jabin king of Canaan, that reigned in Hazor; the captain of whose host was Sisera, which dwelt in Harosheth of the Gentiles. 3 And the children of Israel...
Page 44 - Samuel said, as thy sword has made women childless, so shall thy mother be childless among women.
Page 60 - The horrid gloom of these dungeons can be realized only by those who pass among its solitary windings. The impenetrable vastness supporting the awful mass above, impending as if ready to crush one to atoms; the dripping waters, trickling like tears from its sides ; the unearthly echoes — all conspire to strike the beholders aghast with amazement and horror.
Page 20 - They were stamped upon planchets of the purest copper, and, in consequence, were in demand by goldsmiths for alloy. The trade of a blacksmith, ever since Vulcan was engaged in forging thunderbolts, has given to the world some very remarkable men ; and it affords us great pleasure, at this time, to be able to contribute toward immortalizing one of the craft, who not only devised, but manufactured a currency.
Page 69 - ... Meat had been distributed in like manner for breakfast. The food of the prison is regulated for each day in the week ; and consists in an alternation of pork, beef, and peas, with which last no flesh meat is allowed. " Besides the caverns or excavations below, and the gaoler's house above, there are other apartments prepared for the prisoners, and particularly a hospital, of which the neatness and airiness afford a strong contrast to the other parts of the prison. It was also satisfactory to...
Page 38 - In the corner of this outer room, and near to the foot of the stairs, opened another huge large trap-door, covered with bars and bolts of iron, which was hoisted up in two guards by means of a tackle, whilst the hinges grated as they turned upon their hooks, and opened the jaws and mouth of what they call Hell, into which they descended by means of a ladder about six feet more, which led to a large iron grate or hatchway, locked down over a shaft of about three feet diameter, sunk through the solid...