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BENSON 7. LOSSING, The Ridge, Dover Plains, New York.
PAGE The Old Catamount Tavern, at Bennington,
Vermont, . Persecution of an Early Friend or Quaker, - 4 The first Tristram Coffyn, of Nantucket, . 8 Moravians among the Indians, . . . I The Wedding Slipper of the May Flower, - 12 Caricature as a weapon, . .
· 14 Doctor Hawks,
. 16 Books published by Subscription,
• 19 The Clergy of Maryland to the Bishop of Lon. don, 1783,
. . . . 23
Broadside relative to the Slave Trade, • . 24
vania, - .
Entered according to act of Congress in the vear 1871 by Chase of Town in the office of the librarian
of Congress at Washington.
45 39.com ll.s 1.13
THE OLD CATAMOUNT TAVERN AT BENNINGTON, VERMONT.'
On the 30th of March 1871 the old cook room as occasion required. The two “ Catamount Tavern" House, which had chimneys are now standing (Autumn of long been the most notable relic of early 1871) exhibiting their spacious fire places, times in the Center Village of Bennington, with heavy iron cranes in those of the Vermont, was burnt to the ground. It lower story and basement. On the marhad been unoccupied for a short time and ble mantle of one of the fire places the the origin of the fire is unknown. The words “ Council room” appear, cut there house, which was in a tolerable state of in early times. On the top of the high preservation, had been built over a hun- sign post was placed the stuffed skin of a dred years, having been erected by Captain Catamount, from which came the name of Stephen Fay, a year or two prior to 1770. the house, though in its early days it was, It was a wooden building about 44 feet by in accordance with the custom of the time, 34, two stories high, having two high chim- more generally spoken of as “Landlord neys with high fire places in each story, Fay's." besides which there was a very large fire- During the period of the early settlement place in the cellar or basement, part of of the state, the house was a great resort which was used as a wash room, and a for travellers and emigrants, and it was al
so widely known as the Head Quarters of
1 The Illustrations for this paper, are from photographs furnished by the author, ex-Governor Hiland Hall, of North Bennington, Vermont, and a pen-and-ink sketch by his granddaughter.-EDITOR. )
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1871, by Chase & Town, in the Office of the Librarian of Congress at Washington.
Ethan Allen for several years from 1770, ried (15 miles] to the Green Mountain when he first came to the “ New Hampshire (Landlord Fay's] tavern, at Bennington, Grants," as Vermont was then called. where the committee heard his defence, The settlers held their lands under grants and then ordered him to be tied in an from New Hampshire, to which the terri- armed chair and hoisted up to the sign tory was supposed to belong, but in 1764 (a catamount's skin stuffed, sitting upon the the king, by an order in council, placed sign post, 25 feet from the ground, with large them under the jurisdiction of New York. teeth, looking and grinning towards New Whereupon the governor of that province York) and there to hang two hours, in declared their titles to be .void, and re- sight of the people, as a punishment merigranted their lands to speculators, who re- ted by his enmity to the rights and liberty covered judgments in the New York courts of the inhabitants of the New Hampshire against the settlers, and sent their sheriffs Grants. The judgment was executed, to and posses to execute them, who were re- the no small merriment of a large consisted by the occupants and forcibly pre- course of people. The Doctor was let vented from obtaining possession. This down and dismissed by the committee, controversy raged for years, and the settlers with an admonition to go and sin no more. appointed committees of safety before This mild and exemplary disgrace had a whom offenders against the integrity of salutary effect on the Doctor and many their titles, styled “Yorkers,'' were brought others.". Dr. Adams, on Burgoyne's invafor trial. On conviction they were vari- sion, became a violent tory, and fled to Caously punished, sometimes by banishment nada, from which he never returned. from the territory, and sometimes by whip- When Sir Wm. Tryon, governor of New ping on the naked back, a mode of pun- York in 1771, issued a proclamation offerishment for crime then in common use ing a reward of 20 pounds each for the throughout the country. The latter pun- apprehension of Ethan Allen, Remember ishment, in allusion to the Great Seal of Baker and Robert Cochran for their riotous the Governor of New Hampshire affixed to opposition to the New York government, their charter titles, and to the instrument they retaliated by publishing over their with which it was commonly inflicted, the names a counter proclamation offering a settlers humorously called “the application reward of 15 pounds for James Duane and of the beech seal.""
10 pounds for John Kemp, their two Another mode of punishment was devis- leading land-claiming antagonists, styling ed for one offender residing within their them those common disturbers of the own limits. One Doctor Samuel Adams of public peace," the rewards so payable on Arlington, who had held his lands under a their being brought to “Landlord Fay's at New Hampshire charter, suddenly became Bennington."'? Colonel Ethan Allen was an open advocate of the New York title, advising his neighbors to purchase it. Ira Allen's National and Political History of Vermont
p. 47. The same in Vermont Historical Collections, Volume This tended to weaken the opposition to New York by producing division among
e lee Hiland Hall's History of Vermont, page 134. the settlers, and he was repeatedly warned
The following is a copy of the Proclamation: to desist from such discourse. But he per
£ 25 REWARD sisted in his offensive language, and arm
Whereas James Duane and John Kemp of New York,
have by their menaces and threats greatly disturbed the pubing himself with pistols and other weapons, lic peace and repose of the honest peasants of Bennington,
and the settlements to the northward, which peasants are now threatened death to any one who should
and ever have been in the peace of God and the King, and molest him. What followed is related in are patriotic and liege subjects of George III. Any person
that will apprehend those common disturbers, viz. James the language of a contemporary: “ The Duane and John Kemp, and bring them to Landlord Fay's at Doctor was soon taken by surprise, and car
Bennington shall have £ 15 reward for James Duane and £ 10
1 Slade's Vermont State Papers, page 36.
Feb 5. 1772.