Saturday, May 26, 1764
Philadelphia, April 5. Since our last we received what follows from
"The Distresses of the back Inhabitants are greater than can well be
conceived. Two hundred Miles of an extended Frontier are so exposed to the
Incursions of Indians, that no Man can go to Sleep within 10 or 15 Miles of the
Borders, without being in Danger of having his House burnt and himself and
Family scalped, or led into Captivity before the next Morning. No Man can tell
where the Indians will strike the next Blow when they have begun their Murders
and Devastations. On the 20th of last Month five Persons were made Prisoners.
Seven Houses were burnt down on the 21st and a great Number of Horses, Cows,
Sheep and Hogs were killed. About twelve Indians carried off the Captives and
seven or eight tarried behind, and did considerable Damage. The Captains Pipe
and Brady, with their Companies, did all that lay in their Power to protect the
Inhabitants; and Lieut. Chambers and Ensign Asky pursued the Indians to rescue
the Prisoners but without Success. These fresh Troubles greatly discourage the
poor People, who intend to return early in the Spring to their deserted
Cork, May 21. Thursday his Majesty's Cutter, Good will, Capt. Laws, arrived
at Cove from Waterford, and Yesterday sailed for Kinsale.
This Morning a Division of the Royal Scotch arrived in Town from Clonmell.
Saturday morning was married at Carrigrohan Church, Nicholas Dunscombe,
Esq; to the most amiable Miss Molly Parker, only Daughter of Thomas Parker, of
Carrigrohan, Esq; with a Fortune of 10,000l.
Saturday died, at his House on Barrick-hill, Mr. Andrew Johnson, an eminent
Dyer and Cloathier.
On Thursday came on the Election of a Sheriff, in the Room of John Hunt,
Esq; who has resigned. Previous to this the Back-Lane-Club held their usual
Meeting and determined to return four of their Members, which they accordingly
did. The four at the Head of the following Poll-paper were their Returns. The
Number of the Club may be guessed at, by the Number that polled for each Member.
It is easy to see how they stick to their secret Compact. But they must be blind
to their own Interest, as well as averse to their Duty to the Public, if they do
not now see that by their dividing the Interest of the Commons they make that of
the Aldermen prevail. It is pretty clear, that not one of the Free Commons, nor
one of the Board of Aldermen can now vote for one of that illicit Association;
for that the Aldermaen by a little Art, may easily carry their Point. If Mr.
Hart had had one Vote left, and Mr. French one Vote more, the latter, instead of
the former had been returned by the Commons, and probably, elected by the Board,
who no doubt were better pleased to have a Brother's Son to elect. It is easy to
see, when the Sons of Aldermen are made Sheriffs, who will next be Aldermen, and
how little Chance a Free and Independent Citizen has to be called to the Purple,
Confederate Powers of Back-Lane, All hail! for thus depressing the Commons and
promising the Ends of the Board!
Mr. Hart was unanimously elected Sheriff by the Board, out of the four
having the Majority of Voices on this Poll Paper, which were Nathaniel Trumble,
Weaver, Thomas Emerson, Weaver, Thomas Green, Brewer and Henry Hart, Merchant.
The Poll of the Commons.
Thomas Green, Brewer 40 Richard Dunn 4
Tho. Emerson, Weaver 42 Joseph Verschoyle 1
Wm. Dunn, Chandler 37 Robert Patrick, Ditto 1
Anth. King, Brazier 31 Robert Bentley, Ditto 1
Nath. Trumble, Weav. 44 George Thwaites, Brewer 7
Richard French, Dreg. 38 Theo Medicot, Woolen-
Henry Williams, Brewer 24 draper 4
Henry Hart, Mer. 15 David Ribton, Druggist 1
Ro. Calderwood, Goldf 19 James Jones, Merchant 2
Wm. Alexander, Mer 4 John Darragh, Mer 1
Thomas Blood, Mer 15 Mark Kirkpatrick, Goldf 1
Edward Strezzle, Ditto 7 Richard Anderson, Miller 1
Wm. Hurst, Ditto 21 Pat Boyd, Mer 1
Tho. Hawkshaw, Ditto 2 Wm. Rutlidge, Ditto 1
John Tucker, Ditto 4 Pet. Willson, Bookseller 1
From the following, among some other Circumstances that have lately
transpired, there is Reason to hope the Back-lane Club is near expiring. In some
late Meetings of that anticonstitutional Association, a sensible and free Member
or two justly objected to the declared Rules of the Club, which were, that the
Conduct of every Member, in every Assembly of the Common Council, is to be
positively determined by the Majority of the Club, in their previous Meeting.
Those that were free enough to oppose these clandestine and illicit Courses were
ordered to withdraw; whereupon, we hear that several others have withdrawn
themselves, with intent to prove themselves Free Agents, a Character at which
the steady Members of the Club cannot pretend to aspire.
Another Circumstance which tends to the Dissolution of this and such like
Associations is that most of the Aldermen and Commons have agreed in a
Resolution never to give any Person a Vote that solicits for an Election into
the Office of Sheriff.
The Governors of St. Patrick's Hospital acknowledge the Receipt of Five
Hundred Pounds, Sterl. by the Hands of George Spaight, and Henry Ellen Esquires.
Executors of the Will of the late Henry Gill, of Carrickfergus, Esq; being a
Legacy left by the said Mr. Gill, for the erecting of a Ward in said Hospital,
for the Reception of twelve Patients for ever, to be called Gill's Ward.
The Governors of the Workhouse of the City of Dublin, acknowledge the
Receipt of the Sum of twenty five Pound, being a Benefaction from the Right Rev.
the Lord Bishop of Clogher, to be applied toward the building of a Chapel.
Died. Sunday last, the Rev. Dr. Peter Sterne, Minister of the Parish of
Chapelizod. -- In New-street, Mr. Wm. Brett, belonging to the Choir of both our
Cathedrals.-- At his House in Newtown-Castle-Byrne, Topham Mitchel, Esq; his
Horse having the Evening before, stumbled with him and pitched him on his Head.
The Right Hon. the Lord Mayor inspected the Markets, and seized a Quantity
of unsalable Provisions, which were given to the Poor; His Lordship likewise
seized a measly Pig, which he caused to be burned on Ormond-quay.
To the CLERGY, GENTLEMEN, and FREEHOLDERS, of the County of WICKLOW,
WHEREAS it has been industriously reported, that I do not intend to continue
a Candidate for the County of WICKLOW, I take this Opportunity of assureing my
Friends, (whose Kindness I shall ever acknowledge,) that I have received such
Encouragement, as enables me upon very good Foundations, to declare my steady
Resolutions of continuing a Candidate for that County.
Saunders-Grove, 24 May, 1764.
Cathy Joynt Labath
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