history of northampton massachusetts from its settlement in 1654

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Page 141 - It is therefore ordered, That every township in this jurisdiction, after the Lord hath increased them to the number of fifty householders, shall then forthwith appoint one within their town to teach all such children as shall resort to him to write and read...
Page 302 - Bears grease, but I thought I never tasted pleasanter meat in my life. There was a Squaw who spake to me to make a shirt for her Sannup; for which she gave me a piece of Bear.
Page 302 - I boiled my peas and bear together, and invited my master and mistress to dinner; but the proud gossip, because I served them both in one dish, would eat nothing, except one bit that he gave her upon the point of his knife.
Page 254 - The town of Hadley was alarmed by the Indians in 1675, in the time of public worship, and the people were in the utmost confusion. Suddenly a grave, elderly person appeared in the midst of them. In his mien and dress he differed from the rest of the people. He not only encouraged them to defend themselves, but put himself at their head, rallied, instructed and led them on to encounter the enemy, who by this means were repulsed. As suddenly the deliverer of Hadley disappeared. The people were left...
Page 502 - And accordingly when the evening came on, we moved towards the river, and soon perceived a smoke, at about half a mile's distance, as we thought, where we afterwards found they had taken up their lodging. But so great was the difficulty, that (though we used our utmost care and diligence in it) we were not able to make the approach till about two o'clock in the morning, when we came within twelve rods of the wigwam where they lay. But here we met with a new difficulty, which we feared would have...
Page 158 - The life, the sovereignty of the settlement resided solely in the body of the freemen whose holdings lay round the moot-hill or the sacred tree where the community met from time to time to deal out its own justice and to make its own laws. Here new settlers were admitted to the freedom of the township, and by-laws framed and headman and tithingman chosen for its governance.
Page 336 - Connecticut River. But the fight was on the west side. Mr. Atherton gave account that he had offered to surrender himself to the enemy, but they would not receive him. Many people were not willing to give credit to his account, suggesting that he was beside himself. This occasioned him to publish to his congregation and leave in writing the account I enclose to you.
Page 241 - Philip, in retrospect," says Holmes, in his American Annals, " makes different impressions from what were made at the time of the event. It was then considered as the extinction of a virulent and implacable enemy; it is now viewed as the fall of a great warrior, a penetrating statesman, and a mighty prince. It then excited universal joy and congratulation, as a prelude to the close of a merciless war; it now awakens sober reflections on the instability of empire, the peculiar destiny of the aboriginal...
Page 141 - ... evry towneship in this iurisdiction, aftr ye Lord hath increased ym number to 50 householdrs, shall then forthwth appoint one wthin their towne to teach all such children as shall resort to him to write & reade, whose wages shall be paid eithr by ye parents or mastre of such children, or by ye inhabitants in genrall, by way of supply, as ye maior part of those y* ordr ye prudentials of ye towne shall appoint; provided, those y...
Page 43 - distasted" (disgusted) and had "hard thoughts" of her, "because she was intimate with the said Mary Parsons." Mrs. Bridgman repeated her story with embellishments, to Hannah Langton, another neighbor, relating the incident about her little boy, who, "when his knee was sore cried out of the wife of Joseph Parsons and said that she did hurt him and she would pull off his knee," and she also declared that others were "jealous" that Mrs. Parsons was "not right." At first Hannah was inclined to believe...

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