The Life and Surprising Adventures of John Nutting: Cambridge Loyalist, and His Strange Connection with the Penobscot Expedition of 1779

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1912 - Penobscot Expedition, 1779 - 98 pages
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Page 55 - JOHN GILPIN was a citizen Of credit and renown, A trainband captain eke was he Of famous London town. John Gilpin's spouse said to her dear, Though wedded we have been These twice ten tedious years, yet we No holiday have seen. To-morrow is our wedding-day, And we will then repair Unto the Bell at Edmonton All in a chaise and pair.
Page 82 - I, 315-317. 15 the peace.1 Meantime, Nutting was serving as overseer of the works with such satisfaction to Colonel Campbell, who was then in command of the fort, that the latter "in consideration of his Attachment to His Majesty's Government," made at "Gratuitous Grant" to Mrs. Nutting of "a lot of land to settle upon on the NE side of y Road Leading to Fort George, formerly the Property of Joseph Pirkins now in Rebbelion." Upon this lot the overseer built him a house, which he valued at Ģi 50.
Page 65 - Inhabitants in the utmost distress, thro' fear of the Town being destroyed by the Soldiers, a party of New York Carpenters with axes going thro' the town breaking open houses, &c. Soldiers and sailors plundering of houses, shops, warehouses — Sugar and salt &c. thrown into the River, which was greatly covered with hogsheads, barrels of flour, house furniture, carts trucks &c.
Page 80 - England, thro' the woods, in the utmost distress. Thus ended the attack on Penobscot. — It was positively the severest blow received by the American Naval force during the War. The trade to Canada, which was intended, after the expected reduction of the Post of Penobscot, to be intercepted by this very armament, went safe that Season : The New England Provinces did not for the remaining period of the contest recover the loss of Ships, and the Expence of...
Page 68 - upwards of one hundred licensed houses, and perhaps as many more which retail spirituous liquors without license; so that the business of one half the town is to sell rum, and of the other half to drink it.
Page 79 - Island — is at the entrance of the Harbor. The Peninsula of Magebigwaduce is a high Ridge of land at that time much encumbered with wood. To its summit, where the fort was ordered to be erected there is an ascent of more than a quarter of a mile from the nearest shore of the harbour. The Provisions, Artillery and Engineer Stores and the equipage of the troops, being landed on the Beach, must be carried to the Ground of the fort chiefly by the labor of the men against the ascent, there being only...
Page 86 - urged upon Clinton the ministry's favorite scheme for the disposition of the throngs of Tories at New York: 'Many are desirous of being settled in the country about Penobscot and, as it is proposed to settle that country, and this appears to be a cheap method of disposing of these loyalists, it is wished you would encourage them to go there under the protection of the Associated Refugees, and assure them that a civil government will follow them in due time; for I hope, in the course of the summer,...
Page 80 - A prodigious wreck of property, — a dire eclipse of reputation, — and universal chagrin — were the fruits of this expedition, in the promotion of which, there had been such an exalted display of public spirit, both by the government and individuals. Our whole loss of men was probably not less than one hundred and fifty ; that of the enemy, eighty-five. So great pecuniary damage at this critical period of the war, and of the State finances, was a severe misfortune. In short, the whole connected...
Page 75 - ... England, the last winter, made it impossible for this government to supply the eastern people as they had done during the war ; and it is said that some of them died of hunger. In this situation the tories of the district, headed by Calef and Goldthwaite, induced some of the cooler whigs, as it is said, to join in a petition to the enemy to come and take possession of the place ; which they did at the time above mentioned.
Page 91 - better describe the wretched condition of these people than by inclosing your lordship a list of those just arrived in the Clinton transport, destitute of almost everything, chiefly women and children, all still on board, as I have not yet been able to find any sort of place for them, and the cold setting in severe.

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