Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Control Of Vermont

The Hero of Ticonderoga or Ethan Allen and his Green Mountain Boys, by John de Morgan, excerpts below:

It was a cold, bleak and freezing day, was that second day of the year 1764, in the good town of Bennington.  The first day of the year had been celebrated in a devout fashion by nearly all the inhabitants of the district.

...the ringing of the crier's bell caused every man and woman and child to leave the hot dinner and hurry to the door to hear the news.  All public and important events were announced in that manner, and it would not do to miss an announcement.

"Oyez! Oyez! Oyez!"  Three times the phrase had to be repeated. Faithful would not have done his duty if he had only repeated it twice.

...the people learned that he had received a proclamation from Gov. Tryon, of the Colony of New York, in which he claimed all the territory west of the Connecticut River, and ordering him to send a list of all persons holding land under grants from the Colony of New Hampshire.  The country west of the Connecticut, now known as Vermont, was then only known as "New Hampshire grants."

Gov. Wentworth, of New Hampshire, issued a counter proclamation, in which he said that King Charles had never given the land to New York.

The governor of New York appealed to King George, and he decided in favor of New York, and so, at the end of six years, the battle of titles stood just where it did when Ethan Allen tore up the proclamation.

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