Mementos of the Swett Family

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Author's copy, with extensive annotations, corrections, additions. Appended material includes handwritten correspondence and notes, published items, newspaper clippings, charts, silhouettes, and one watercolor drawing. Bound with "The Norton Family" (N.E.H.G. Register 13[1859]:225-230; annotated by the author) and a chart of the Bowles family
 

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Page 5 - American opinions of federal union with the neighbouring sovereignties, of a separate jurisdiction, and of a central congress. At the period of the Revolution, much doubtless was added by the great statesmen of the day, beyond what existed in the olden time, but those additions...
Page 23 - It must be borne in mind that in those days there were no picture-houses, and theatres and music halls only in the really big cities.
Page 16 - Swett fought the enemy hand to hand ; displaying upon the spot, find in a retreat of two miles, great presence of mind as well as personal courage, in repeated rallies of his men, in his exertions to bring off the dead and wounded, and in defence of his rear, upon which the savages hung with destructive fury. At last, wounded in twenty places, and exhausted by loss of blood and by fatigue, he was grappled, thrown to the ground, and barbarously cut in pieces at the gates of the garrison. With this...
Page 23 - ... readiness to subject himself rather than others, to inconvenience in the transaction of business, were uniform and unfailing. His wit was unbounded, and flowed from him as naturally as his breath. Consequently he was the delight of the social circle, especially as his humor was governed by his amiability, so that the feelings of his companions were never wounded by sarcasm or ridicule. His generosity like his wit knew no bounds. He often remarked, " if I give to all I shall be sure to hit the...
Page 15 - English found themselves in a most exposed situation, between a thicket and a swamp, upon the declivity of a hill, and instantly from an ambush on each side great numbers of Indians, rising with a war whoop, fired at once upon the two divisions, and turning so violently and suddenly upon them, threw the young and undisciplined soldiers into confusion. Swett with a few of the more resolute, fought bravely on the retreat, till he came near the fort, when he was killed ; sixty more were left dead or...
Page 18 - ... and were capable of practising upon the advice, to send the fish to market themselves, that they might reap the benefit of it, to the enriching themselves, and serving the town. But, alas! I could inspire no man with courage and resolution enough to engage in it, till I met with Mr. Joseph Swett, a young man of strict justice, great industry, enterprising genius, quick apprehension, and firm resolution, but of small fortune.
Page 6 - it was declared and ordered according to the former intentions of the towne that the persons only above mentioned are acknowledged to be freeholders by the towne and to have...
Page 15 - Captain, having received near twenty wounds, yet still held out, defending and encouraging of his men, till he was surrounded with more of his enemies than he was able to grapple with, and so was at the last barbarously murdered by them within a little of the garrison-house.
Page 15 - ... hid themselves in the swamp on each side of the hill, suddenly fired upon the English on both sides, which not a little discouraged his young and undisciplined company, so as they could not or did not keep their ranks, but while some were ready to run and shift for themselves, the Captain strived to keep them together, to bring off the dead and wounded men, so long that he brought himself and all the company in danger of an utter overthrow, which soon after took place; for the poor unskilful...
Page 15 - ... brought himself and all the company in danger of an utter overthrow, which soon after took place ; for the poor unskilful soldiers, being scattered, were shifting for themselves, while a few resolute men of courage bore the brunt of the service till they were in a manner all knocked down. The Lieutenant was killed soon after the first onset ; the Captain, having received near twenty wounds, yet still held out, defending and encouraging...

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