Ratification of the Constitution by the states: Delaware. Microform supplement
Tilton, James, 1745-1822
Timoleon, biographical history of Dionysius, 1788, pp. 358-410
Ro* *aadfable & not with deGgn to'forward their mei. re, but, ifdbieto annihilate tLeir asthorty. to the committee of Kent county, fome 6f t6red ad alledged, that having made the only pradicable op. pofitioi,in was timse now we thould fuboit 6 & irrefiftable power of Great Britain. One'Clal, beh6 had been bold and infolent in urging this ddaritte in the committee, was relied upon by the people or Dover, and put into the pillory; where he was pcit- cd with eggs, and dilgraced as a traitor. Thik man .ain ' jice of the peace, and of forie concuence m the uninformed diftria where he lived, in s.&y days fourd mzeans of arming Come hundreds of de- loecd followera, and marched them *18 ot '20 mile*, to be avenged of Dover. A coripany of light horfe, which from various piques and preju- dices, at this time indufirioufly excited, had affocia- ted under oficers perfcaly dil'iffeaed, affembled on the road above the townrcady to a~t in concert *ith Clark and his affociates from below. The infantry, bowever, commanded by a nwn of fpirit and ad- 4rcfs, at the fhorteft notice put themfclves in a fuit- able poflure to give their afailints a warm reception. Clarl underflanding iis, thought proper to halt a- Lout a mile from thetown, untillhis herd of dupes,by the mediation of a couple of clergymen, were per- fuaded to return home. As to the heroiclight horfl, dilappointed of their hopes, in effding a complete forplife, they affcedd the mofi aukwarl ignorance of what they wrere about, and every one firaggldd his own way. In this manner was difconcertcd a plan laid by the trries, at once to be avenged of Do-' vcr, and, if polfible, to quell that zealous (pirit of ihdependcure,in Tie lighrinfantrvofthetown,which from thence irrPdated throuigh-ut the county. . , . Thms ( st ) Thithefris influtefion int Dela*rate, IYIPe. ed in the county '4f Kent. But this als food fol- lowed by a more ferious oft in Suiest. luftead of colleaiugfrom a fingle diflria, the tories flocked to- gether f:om the 1rhol county. Inftead of hundreds, facir niubers were reported by t'ofauds. And to qdeT tlirm, it 'as thought necediary to require aid of Ungrers. Two batallions udder the command of Col. Miles, and the Dela warere giment command- ed by 'ol. Haflet, were fent down to Lewes for this pitrpofe. The houfe of reprceenta'tives alfo commif- fioned three of their own body to enquire into this affair. In this enquiry the commiffioners had full evidence that the leaders of the infurrclion had held'correfpondence with the enemies thips, then in the bay ; that they had taken advantage of the ge- neral difaffition of the people of this county, to col. le& them under various pretexts; that they ex- peaed to have been joined by a detachment from the Roebuck, but in this tHey were difappointed; that many of the maft zealous torics had rode and latoured whole nights in their fccret machinations, to accomplifh this grand infurrecion; and that the ignorant multitude had been flamped with bittLr pre- judices againft thc prevailing meafures of the conti- nent. All this ap-eared from letzers and tranfai- ons. re id and c!eclcrcd upon oath, before the com- rniffloqers. M^.iany of the deludLd wrtches, terri- fied with the unufual :ppezrance ofihe military force now'w their ( ounrv, conf:ff- their guilt, and fup. plicating pardoii for thcir pal offer.rc, promiled the mdil fidthful fubmiflion in futurc, to all the regula- tions'of Congrcfs. Others, rf whom it was proven that they had gone c:i herard the thips of war, and 14i!cited!
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