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Still, it was not until September in the same year that a regular prospectus was offered, for 1 yet fea ed the want of matter, as well as the severe labor that I was sensible would become necessary to obtain it, if to be obtained at all. This prospectus contained these para

graphs: “Believing, as we do, that the simplicity of the truth, as held forth by those who devised and executed the severance of this country from the power of a despot, has been widely departed from, no effort on our part shall be wanting to encourage a spirit to seek after and hold on to the principles which appear essential to the preservation of the rights and liberties of the people of the United States; under an assurance that vigilance is the condition on which freedom is granted to us. But we enter upon the undertaking before us with considerable diffidence—fearful of the want of a just discrimination, and also of time for research and reflection to do justice to the weighty concern. It seemed however, to be imposed on us as a duty, and we will earecute the task as well as we can. “The materials, though the stock is pretty large, are not yet sufficient for the extensive work contemplated. The editor of the Registsa has, for several years, been a collector of scraps and rare things—several gentlemen have liberally contributed articles which they would not have parted with except on an occasion like this; and others have promised us liberty to overhaul their neglected stores of old papers: but much useful matter must be in the hands of those with whom we have not yet communicated on the subject; and every patriot is invited to give his aid to this collection, designed to * record the feelings of “the times that tried men's souls.” Letters may be sent to the editor at his cost for postage, and originals will be carefully returned, if requested. When copies from manuscripts are presented, it might be well to permit us to state the source from whence they were derivd, if necessary.” The terms were also set forth—it was promised that the volume should contain between four and five hundred pages, and cost, in sheets, the sum of three dollars. A view to pecuniary profit was disavowed—it had nothing to do with the origin or progress of the work, and if a reasonable allowance for money and time expended is afforded by its sale, it will be as much as ever has been expected. I had no sooner fairly committed myself than 1 regretted it—the patriots of the revolution did not make speeches to be unattended to by their brethren in congress and fill up the columns of newspapers". They only spoke when they had something to say, and preferred acting to talking—very unlike the legislators of the present time. I plainly saw that great difficulties would oppose themselves to the fulfilment of my promise - I feared that more was expected of me than any man could do—for the facts that were manifest to my mind could not be appreciated by all: my pride, (an honest one, I trust), was alarmed—but, in obedience to a fixed rule that I have adopted for my own conduct, I resolved to meet the difficulty presented and conquer it by perseverance—if I could. To give some idea of the loss. of books and papers that have been looked into to effect this compilation, I think that I do not exaggerate when I say that they were sufficient to load a cart, and hours on hours have been spent in the service without the least profit. Perhaps, I was unlucky or unwise that my attention was not directed to the proper sources; it may be so—but of this I am satisfied, that very few of the “soul-stirring” speeches of the revolutionary period remain to warm the hearts of a grateful posterity: they were pronounced to be }. not published. With this brief narrative, I submit the work to the liberality of my countrymen, American republicans—in the firm belief that, if I have not accomplished as that was hoped for by some, it will appear that others are agreeably disappointed; and I am satisfied that good will result from the publication of this collection: it will rescue from oblivion unany things that were hastening to it, and lay the foundation, perhaps, of a more extensive and much more perfect work, which I shall always keep in my view. In explanation it is necessary further to observe, that the leading object of this volume was to shew the feelings that prevailed in the revolution, not to give a history of events; hence, all matters of the latter class have been rejected, except as immediately necessary to shew the effects of feeling. The volume, also, might have been more acceptable if a greater degree of order had been observed as to dates, &c.; but it was almost impossible to approach regularity, in this respect, as well from the nature of things as from the occasional attention, only, that I was able to give to the work—but any inconvenience on this account is obviated by the copious index, or table of contents. prefixed . Two articles have been, unfortunately, inserted twice---but, as they are of an excellent quality, I shall not be sorry for it, if the error causes them to be twice read. Many notices of proceedings, &c. are given only to indicate the general conduct of the people on such occasions as they have reference to.

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*The earl of Dartmouth asked an American in London, (whose name we cannot call to mind at present), of how many members the congress consisted? the reply was “fifty-two.” “Why that is the number of cards in a pack,” said his lordship—“how many knaves are there?” “Not one,” returned the republican—“please to recollect that kno------ r-, ---" "

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Adams, John-letters to him from J. Palmer,

J. Trumbull, R. Cranch, S. Cooper, &c. 322,

323; his letter to the editor, enclosing a

copy of #. Hawley’s “broken hints’ 324;

to gov. Bullock, July 1, 1776, 327, to Mr.

Chase, same date, ibid, to Mrs. Adams, July 3,

1776. 328,329; respecting com. Tucker 413;
Mr A when an ambassador, found as a Pri.
vate among the marines, 414
Adams, Samuel, 477
Address of the provincial congress of Massachu-
setts to the inhabitants of Great Britain, 205;
to the independent sons of Massachusetts,
432—see the several states, &c.
America, estimate of the military force of, 211
American and French soldiers, their comforts, 345
Andre, major, his affair with Arnold, 302
Arms of the United States, a description of, 486
Army of the revolution—statements of its force,
condition, pay, &c. & 211, 433, voluntary
contributions to support it, 486
Arnold, at New London, 330; his character, 331;
his letter to gen. Washington after his trea-
son, 391; procession with his effigy, 391

Asaph, St. the bishop of his speech, 160

Asgill, the case of 317; letters ef his mother, 318

Austin, Jonathan W. his oration at Boston, 1778, 31

Bandole, M. l'abbe, his thanksgiving address on
the capture of Cornwallis, 268
Barlow's oration, 384
Barney, capt. his fight with the General Monk,
361; further particulars, 414
Barry, capt. mentioned, 415
Boston, the town of-notice of many interesting
things that occurred therein, 464, 468, 470,
471, 479 to 486 and 489; battle between the
rope-makers and soldiers, 480; Whig club,
484; massacre of the 5th of March, with re-
flections, 481; persons proscribed at, 374

*Boston orations”—in commemoration of the 5th

of March, 1770, when a number of ciuzens

were killed by a party of British troops, viz.

by James Lovell, Joseph Warren, (two),

Benj. Church, Jno. Hancock, Peter Thatcher,

Bojamin Hitchborn, Jonathan W. Austin,

William Tudor, Jonathan Mason, Thomas

Dawes, jun. Geo. Richards Minot, and Thos.

Welsh, l to 59

Botta, Mr. extracts from his history 490
Brackenridge's eulogium on those who had fillen
in defence of their country, delivered 1779, 119

Brandt, col. his incursion, 1779, 367
Bullock, gov. a speech delivered by him 1.59
Bunker's hill, incidents of the battle at, 471

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Church, Benjamin, his oration at Boston, 1773, 8

Churches, destruction of 361

Clarke, gen. George Rogers, an instance of his
astonishing firmness 380

Confederation, Drayton's speech on the articles of

and his project of a new bond of union, 98, 104

Congress–Virginia delegates to 201; meeting of

297; address to the inhabitants of the United

States, 1779,407; held at New-York, in 1763,
451; manifesto of, 1778 475

Connecticut—gov. Trumbull's reply to W. Tryon

210; his letter to gov, Gage, 437; revolu-

tionary pensioners of, highly interesting, 363,
364; election sermon 476
Conscience, Livingston's remarks on liberty of, 306
Contributions, (voluntary), to furnish supplies
for the army 486
Cornwallis—address of the abbe Bandole on his
capture, 268; a letter from gen. Washington,
as to the plans laid to capture him, 272; ex-
tract from Wraxall’s memoirs respecting his
surrender, 277; further particulars 345, 362

Court martial on a spy 369

Cropper, gen, notice of his services and death 416

Cunninghain, the infamous capt. his confession 274


Dartmouth, the earl of a letter addressed to 144,

Davis, col. his journal kept at Yorktown 465

Dawes, Thomas, his oration at Boston, 1781, 47

Declaration of rights, the draught of Geo. Mason,

of Va. 123; of independence in Mecklenburg,

N. C. 1775, 132, 135

Delaware: petition to establish a militia, 1775,

257; letter from Dr. Tilton to Dr. Elmer on

the state of things, 1775,257; correspondence

of the same, respecting toryism in Sussex co.

258, 259; letter of Z. G. to the committee at

Dover, 257; proceedings of the committee

respecting certain tea, 258; of the same, with

the satisfaction tendered to them, on account

of a disaffected article published, 260; arrest

of a member of the legislature, by the light

infantry company of Dover, and proceedings

thereon, 261; correspondence of Caesar and

Thomas Rodney, &c. 338–345

Delaware river, passage of 351
Drayton, Wm. Henry, charges delivered by him
in 1776, 72, 81, 92; his speech in the general
assembly, 1778, 98; his project, 104, his ad-
dress to lord Howe and gen. Howe 115

Drayton's memoirs, an extract from 467

Dickinson, John, a letter from him, 1779, 343;

his speech in congress 49S

Dunmore, lord, his letter to gen. Howe, 1775, 138;

his wicked proclamation, 1775 373


Effingham, lord, resigns his command in the

British army, &c. 4

Ellery, William, one of the signers of the decla.

ration of independence 415

Estaing, the count de-his declaration in the

name of the king, to the ancient French in

America 408

Eulogium, by judge Brackenridge, (1779) on

those who had fallen in the contest with

Great Britain 119

Exports, resolves in Virginia respecting 19t.

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|Ledyard, col. and others—of their fate, &c. at
New London 330

Lee, gen, his correspondence with gen, Burgoyne,
206; letter to the same, 425; the oath exact-
ed by him in Rhode-Island 427

Lee, Richard Henry, his speech in congress 490

0| Lee, captain Ezra, desperate valor of 469

Letter from a lady to a British officer 305; from
Philadelphia, 1774, to a member of parlia-
ment, 418; another from Massachusetts to a
friend in London, ibid, another from Phila.
delphia, 1775,420; from Charleston, 1775, 423

Lexington, the battle of, mentioned in a letter
from a lady, 305; some curious particulars
of the affair, 326; receipt of the news 470

Livingston, gov. of New-Jersey, his able and spi-
rited reply to gen Robertson, 268; his speech
to the legislature, 1777,270; his remarks on

the liberty of conscience 306
Livingston, Dr. extract from one of his sermons 362
Lovel, James, his oration at Boston, 1771, 1.
Loyalists—see "Tories.” w
MacFingal, an extract from 273

Manufactures, &c. recommended, 181, 182, 184,
198,202, 369, 445; humorous article about 321
“Marine Turtle” 469
Marion, gen, his hardy escape from the enemy
377; anecdotes and adventures 488
Martin, gov. of N. Carolina, his proclamation, 134
Maryland—a letter from addressed to the earl
of Dartmouth, 144; various proceedings re-
specting the importation of British goods,
1769, 167; do. in relation to the Boston port
bill, 172, 173; patriotic recommendations
for a meeting of deputies respecting manufac- -
tures and home industry, 181; case of James
Christie, 222; address to count Utochambeau,
398; address of the general assembly to the
people, 1780 411
Mason, Jonathan, his oration at Boston, 1780 41
George, of Va.-many interesting parti-
culars of, with a copy of his draught of a de-
claration of rights, and extracts from several
of his letters * 123
Massachusetts—gen. Gage's proclamation, 1775,
136; proclamation of the general court, Jan.
1776, 142; address of the legislature to gen.
Washington and his reply, 143; Boston in-
structions, 156; Malden do. 156; proceedings
at Harvard college, 158; proceedings about
the Boston port bill, 172, 173, 174, 179, 180,
191; recommendations respecting manufac- -
tures and home industry, 182; parliamentary
proceedings respecting the civil government
of the colony, 1774, 194; address of the pro-
vincial congress to the inhabitants of Great
Britain, £05, gov. Hutchinson's speech to the
legislature, 1773, 279; answer of the house of
representatives, 287; address to the people
by the same, 253; resolutions adopted May
28, 1773, 294; letter to the speakers of the
assemblies of other colonies, 295; proceed-
ings in respect to certain letters, 295; ex-
tract from the governor's message and reply,
Jan. 1774, 296; message to gov. Gage, same
year, 297; address of the provincial congress.
Dec. 1774, 298; refusal of a jury to be in-
pannelled, 319; Hutchinson's divide et imperor
420; recruiting service, 423; address to the
inhabitants of, 432; address of the provincial
congress to the people of Great Britain, 1775.
434, gov. Gage deposed, 435; proclama-

tion for a public thanksgiving, 436; test act,
(1776) 435
Mawhood, a British col. his proposition and the
reply to it 463
Memento to Americans, 1776 427
Minot, George Richards, his oration at Boston,
1782 52
Military force of America 211
Montague, admiral, and a collier 485
*Mohawk Indians,” who destroyed the tea at
Boston 326
Morton, Perez, his oration on the re-interment


of the remains of Warren 59
New-Hampshire—patriotic proceedings, and ad-
dress to the people, 1775 184

New Jersey—vote of censure on gov. Franklin,
and an address to the people, 1776, 154; gov.
Livingston’s correspondence with gen. Ro-
bertson, 268; speech of the same to the le-
gislature, 1777, 270; money in the public
treasury appropriated, 420; instructions to
the delegates in 1777, 461; cols. Mawhood
and Hand 463
New-London, the attack upon and savage murders
at, by Arnold, &c. 330
New-York—John Jay's charge, (1777) 62; ad-
dress from the legislature to their constitu-
ents, 1781, 128; proceedings on the Boston
port bill, 174; association of the sons of li-
berty, 1773, 188; letter from the committee
to the mayor, &c. of London, 439; names of
the committee, 441; address of the provin-
cial congress to gen. Washington, (1775),
and reply, 441; address of the mechanics to
the delegates in the colonial congress, 441;
resolve respecting the resignation of commis-
sions, 444; about civil suits of law, 444; pro-
ceedings for the encouragement of domestic
manufactures, 445; on the request of the
Baptists for the liberty of preaching to the
troops. 446; address to gen. Washington and
gov. Clinton, on the evacuation of the city by
the British, and replies 477
North-Carolina—declaration of independence in
Mecklenburg county, 1775, 132; royal pro-
clamation of gov. Martin, 1780, 134; address
of the provincial congress to the inhabitants
of the British empire, 248; reply of the same

to gov. Martin's speech 447
Old men's company Ao 420

Orations—see “Boston Orations’—also “Eulogi-
ums and speeches.' Perez Morton's on the
re-interment of the remains of Warren 59;
David Ramsay’s, at Charleston, 1778–64;
Barlow's 384

Parliament, British-bishop of St. Asaph's
speech 160; lord Chatham's as to the sove-
reignty of G. B. over the colonies 189; gov.
Johnston's on the Boston port bill 191—of
sundry persons (see ‘speeches’); on the ci-
vil government of Massachusetts 194 to 198;
examination of gov. Penn, in the house of
lords 249; speech of John Wilkes 345; of
capt. Harvey 347
Payson, the rev. Mr. in battle! 419
Pemberton, James, and others—their remon-
strance 255
Pendleton, judge—his charge to grand jurors in
S. C. 1787
Penn, Mr. his examination in the house of lords,
1775 249

Pennsylvania—Brackenridge's eulogium 119,
proceedings at Philadelphia about certain
teas imported 170; address of a convention
of county committees, 1774, 175; proceed-
ings on the Boston port bill 179; speech de-
livered at Carpenter’s Hall 202; declaration
of the deputies, June 24, 1776, 252; remon-
strance of James Pemberton and others, con-
fined in the free mason's lodge, Sept. 4, 1777,
255; transactions in the neighborhood of
Philadelphia 333 to 335; address of the de-
puties of the colony to the people, June,
1776–379; ordinance defining treason 417:
Old men's company 420; act respecting per-
sons scrupulous of bearing arms, ib. on the
monopoly of salt 431
Pensioners, revolutionary, anecdotes of 363, 364;
female 4.17
Petition of the Americans residing in London 332
Philadelphia—original details of events while
the British occupied this city 333; glorious
act of gratitude of a sheriff 363; ancient
state of things at 471
Prisoners, the treatment of at New York, by Cun-

ningham - 274
Privateers 376,432
Prizes 432

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tion of the churches during the war, &c. 361; extract from one delivered by presi. dent Stiles 473 Slaves, resolves respecting the importation of 198 Smith, rev. Dr. his sermon 215 Soldier's daughter, narrative of a 471 South Carolina—Dr. Ramsay’s oration 64; judge Drayton's charge 72; others by the same 81.92; presentments by a grand jury in 1776 79; other presentments 91 97; judge Drayton's speech in the general assembly, 1778, 98; an act to prevent sedition and punish in surgents, &c. 150; governor Rutledge's speech, 1776, and reply of the legislature 152; resolves 154; thanks to Messrs. Middleton and Rutledge 157; escape of Mr. Hunter 371; judge Pendleton’s charge 404; address to the gov. lord William Campbell 449; resolves against the town of Poole and about absentees 450; association of the members of the provincial congress 450; reception of stamps 467 Speech—of judge Drayton on the articles of confederation, 1778, 98; of gov. Rutledge to the legislature and reply of the same 152; of gov. Bullock to the provincial congress of Georgia, 1776, 159; of the bishop of St. As ph, in the house of lords, 1774, 160; of lord Chatham, 1774, 189; of gov. Johnston, same year, 191; ditto of Mr. Fuller, sir George Sackville, Mr. Ellis, gen. Conway, lord North, sir George Young, gov. Johnston, Mr. Harris, sir Edward Ashley, Mr. Ward, gov. Pownal, Mr. Rigby, Mr. Fox, sir Gilbert Elliott and sir Richard Sutton, in parliament, on the civil government of Massachusetts 194; delivered at Carpenter's Hall, Philadelphia, 1775,202, of the earl of Chatham, on removing the troops from Boston (1775) 211, of John Wilkes, 1775, 345; of capt. Harvey 347; fragment of one delivered in congress, spirited 423; of a farmer to his neighbors 428; another fragment of a speech 431; of R. H. Lee and John Dickinson, in congress, from “Botta's revolution”

490 to 495 Spy, executed, by order of gen. Sullivan 369 Stamp-act-congress, the proceedings of, at length 451 Stoney Point—Wayne's orders previous to the capture of 275 Strong measures recommended, 1778 370 Sullivan, gen. extract from his orderly book 369 Synod of New York and Philadelphia 421

T. Tarring and feathering—a Yankee trick, &c. 273; case of Malcom and an instance of its practice by the British , 482 Tea—proceedings respecting the importation of 170, 198; destroyed at Boston 326; anecdote about its use 380; song made on its destruction 470; some particulars of the affair 485 Thatcher, Peter, his oration at Boston, 1776, 23 Thompson, Charles—his introduction as secretary to congress 470 Ticonderoga, capture of, returns, &c. 373 Tilton, Dr. see Delaware: his letter from Williamsburg, Dec. 1781 345 Tories, declaration and address to the British king, 1781 Treason, law declaratory of it 417 Trumbull, gov. his correspondence with W. Tryon 210, with gen. Gage 437

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V. Virginia—interesting facts of George Masonhis declaration of rights, and sundry letters 123; Dunmore's letter to Howe 138; proceedings in the convention thereon 139; copy of the oath extorted by Dunmore 141; proceedings at Norfolk on the Boston port bill 180; do. at Williamsburg, Fredericksburg, Hanover, &c. on the removal of certain arms and munitions of war, 1775, 186; association respecting the import of British goods, slaves, teas, &c. and recommending manufactures 198; instructions to the dele. gates to congress 201; d.o. to the delegates of Cumberland county 211; further instructions to the delegates in congress—respecting a bill of rights—toasts drank and the Union flag unfurled, May 15, 1776, 251; debate on Henry's motion to pu, the colony in a state of defence, 1775 307; the people called to arms. 1779, 381; the test of 1776, 446; instructions to Messrs. Lewis and Boyer 446

Warren, Dr. Joseph—his oration at Boston 1772, 4; another, in 1775, 17; notice thereof 468; oration on the re-interment of his remains 59; eulogium upon him 349” Washington—his proclamation on taking possession of Boston, 1776, with the address of the assembly and his reply 143; the honors of Harvard college conferred on him 158; his correspondence with gen. Gage on the usage of prisoners 266; his letter explaining the plans laid respecting Cornwallis 273; Miss Seward’s lines upon 303; correspondence with gen. Lacey 333; interesting letters to C. Rodney, respecting exchanges, want of clothing, violations of parole, and want of food 335, 337, 338; to congress shewing his embarrassments. June, 1780, 337; acceptance of the command of the army 350; his letter to congress, 1776, 350; general orders, 1783, 353; circular to the states, 1783 354, resignation of his command 359; first speech to congress under the constitution 359; his orders to gen. Sullivan, on passing use Delaware 361, in want of a pen knife 369; address to the inhabitants of Canada 423, his proclamation on the bombardment of New York 434; addressed at New York 477 Wayne, gen. is orders previous to the attack on Stoney Point 275 weight of several greatmen in the revolution 376 Welsh, Thomas, his oration at Boston, 1783 55 Woman, sentinents of an American, 1780 389 Wraxall’s memoirs, an extract from respecting the surrender of Cornwallis 27?

Yankee doodle—the occasion on which the air

was first played in the United States 37.2

Yorktown, interesting particulars of affairs at 345, 362; additional 371; extracts from a journal kept at the siege of 48

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