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with the butt of his
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the Stonington Yankee.
The advantages which accrue to a people
from a developemcnt of patriot courage, devo
tedness or individual prowess, are many and
obvious to every intelligent mind; and the
morrl influence exercised by them on the rising
generation, is worthy the consideration, of ev
ery patriot and statesman. The little story
which follows, speaks not of titled noblemen,
or renowned generals, skilled in the arts and
tactics of war, whose manœuvres have turned
the fate of some great battle. Yet it tells of
those not the less worthy-—those who posses
sed souls as brave and noble as ever breathed
under ermined robes or glittering mail.
The honors paid to patriotism are consider
ed beauties for future sacrifice; and the youth
country, when incited by a generous
enthusiasm, to future defence of our held, our
firesides, and our 4 star-spangled banner.' will
remember, that although they cannot always
act the general, the duke, or the prince, they
can all imitate the brave American soldiez.
On the 6th Sept 1781 . a day memorable in
the annals of the revolution, and one whose
consequences will long be felt bv the inhabi
tants of the south east part of Connecticut, a
youth engaged in the field, suddenly stopped—
stood an instant in breathless anxiety, listening
—then threw down his implements of husban
dry. and, with an earnest and hurried step,
moved to his father's house.
He had been several minutes busy in prepa
ring. before being noticed bv his progenitor,
who being deeply alive to the feelings which)
had called his offspring from the field, thus-ad-j
dressed him. 4 Don't stop to shave, my son—.paid
it will make vou too late to render anv assist
ance.—Take vour gun and hurrv on, or the
fort will be taken before vou can arrive.' The!
young man threw dawn fils ra/.oi> and seizing
his musket, commenced putting it in order for
the work of death.
The regular and con'inued peals of cannon i
as thev bellowed from forts Trumbull andj
j t j
Griswold, loudly spoke the alarm of war.
was the signa! for rallying the yeomanry of the
surrounding country, to defend their rights and
Iiherties; hut more particularly at this time to
repel a threatened attack on \'ew London', bv
a hod' of British troops under the command: v
of the infamous Benedict Arnold.
Alarm, at this period, had been so frequent-!
ly sounded, and the people were so harassed
by repeated and useless tramps, that they were
literally worn out, and consequently, but very
few heeded the call at this time "
Our youth however, hastily prepared him
self, and with a firm and fearless step, hurried
towards Groton heights. It was the voice of
his country that called, and he could not delay
•when she asked assistance. Young, ardent,
and full of enthusiasm, he soon travelled the
twelve miles, and joined his brother in the fort,
just hefnre the gates were closed.
The first hurst of fraternal alTcction. on the
recognition of beloved kindred in such an hour,
being past and after a hearty shake hv the hand
—side hv side thev commenced the dreadful
strife—united in their exertions for their coun
trv, as thev were in feeling and sentiment for
her cause
I shall "not here attemnt an account of the
gallant though unfortunate affair:—* Are not
these things written in the chronicles of time,'
as long as our country shall stand? As long
as heroic deeds of valor arc appreciated, it will
be known as the spot where husband, father
and son. fearlessly braved the storm of war.
The deeds of I.ed'ard and his associates can
The name nf Grntnn
not be easily forgotten.
Heights shall be the watchword for every pa
triotic American, although their fathers Yield
ed to the strong power of the foe. It was the
altar of freedom which smokes with her dear
est sacrifice.
It was a dreadful assault—and
soon perceiving that the odds were fearfully
against the garrison, and seeing his brother
'(endeavoring to save the life of as brave a
as ever lived* 1 ) fall beneath the sword of a
yuthless enemy, fought with the strength of a
Having spent his last shot effectually, he was
•Capi, Amon Ptanton.
seen with the butt of his gun resolutely beating
down three bayonets, with which the assailants
menaced his breast. While thus engaged, the
butt broke: not disheartened, however,he con
turned bravely to defend himself with the bar
rel, which he still held in his hands, until
ther of the enemy, coming up on one side, ran
htmthrough the body.
1 he barrel of his broken gun fell useless at
his ieet—and the beautiful, the generous, the
noble youth breathed out his last while pinned
to the wall of fort Griswold by a British bay
onet. W'eep. O weep! sons and daughters of
America! for this day made man) an orphan
and widow. The bravest and noblest cham
pions here bled! and it saw the end of many
of C»°d s noblest workmanship. ^
I here is a moral sublimity in the unbendingjbeings
firmness with which the virtuous man struggles
with the storm that lays his hope in the dust,
It is easy tobe resigned to suffering before the
thunder has burst upon our heads; but to wres
tie with the destroyer—to see link after link
broken from the chain of our earthly stay—to'Iean
stand on the dark shores of life with resigna
tion and calmness, amid a Providence so awful
and heart-rending as now greeted the father is
to practice that lesson, 'Thy will be done.'
i'wo days had passed since the dreadful con
flict, when an intimate acquaintance called to
see the patriarch, and offer him consolation.
He calmly took the hand of his friend and lea
ding him to another apartment, with a tearless
eye, pointed to a table, on which lay two cof
fins—they bore the names and ages of his two
sons.—To look on death thus, in those we love,
is more than mortal—his lip quivered as he
broke the silence, and his voice trembled a lit
he said, 'They have left us ; there are
only their mangled bodies ; but I bow to an arm
stronger than Britain's. Tiny have gone, but
they died like American soldiers, and although
not tiie less glorious."
The patriot stood in calm and dignified com
posure, by the side of that 'narrow house'
which was forever to hide his dear children
from his sight* i like a rooted tree in Lebanon; 1
unsubdued by the blow, he seemed nerved for
the solemn duty. The clods of the valley rat
tled on their coffins. It was an hour of trial ;
and although he stood up firm, dignified, as if
he spurned affliction's blast, yet his faltering
voice, as he once spoke, proclaimed that his
soul was stricken, and that his unbending spirit
was wrestling with the strong feelings of na
•• ,
Years passed since the last sad duties were
to their unconscious relics; and the two
brothers, who in their youth so devotedly of
fered up their lives on the altar of their belo
ved country, side by side, as they fought, it
one g™ve have mouldered to their kindm.
* Jj eir dust, like their blood on the plat
jiorm of Fort Griswold, has commingled to
gather—and one common stone, which marks
tne .P lacc thc "' deposit in Stomngton, is m
j scribed with the names of Enocu & Daniel
... . ,
" sfe/sus Beast. A nobleman, in the early
P ar . t uf ol Louis XV. having a very
v . IC,ous hor f which none of the grooms would
|ride, several of them having been thrown, and
one killed, asked leave of lus majesty to have
him turned loose into menagerie, against one
th< ; lar g es t bons. I he king readily con
sented. and the animal was conduc ted there,
S ' u> " af ' er ths a '-. r,v1 ' 1 of ,he horse, the door
of thc d ' n was drawn up. and the lion, with
great state and ma,esty, walked slowly to the
moutl ' uf '*• wh « n * se ein g his antagonist, he
a , et U P 11 tmmendou. roar The horse imme
amtely started and fell hack; h.s ears were
erected his mane was raised, his eyes were
sparkling and something like a general con
vulsion seemed to agitate his whole trame.
After the first emotions of fear had subsided,
''' e hor se retired to a corner of the menagerie,
where, having directed his heels towards the
U , on , a |' d h , avln S r , ear , e<1 , h ' s htad over his left
shoulder, he watched with extreme eagerness
motions of his enemy. 1 he lion, who
presently quitted the den, sidled about for
™ ore than a , ' ,im,t L c - as if meditating the mode
attack—when having sufficiently prepared
"'"l®" ' or tlc c °mbat, he made a sudden
s P r . , l n g at , . ,he , hor8e * which defended itself by
striking his adversary a most violent blow on
;'he chest. 1 he lion instantly retreated, groaned
j "? d "cmed for several minutes inclined to
: R lve U P . th , e contest-when, recovering from
pumiul effects ot the blow, he ivturned
again to the charge with unabated violence.
T he mode of preparation for this second attack
was thc same as the first; he sidled from one
side of the menagerie to the-other for a con
siderable time, seeking a favourable opportu
nity to seize his prey ; during all which time
the horse still preserved the same posture, and
still kept his head erect and turned ovrr his
shoulder. The lion at length gave a second
spring with all the strength and velocity he
could e- ercise, when the horse caught him
with his hoof on the under jaw, which he frac
tured. Having sustained a second and more
severe repulse than the former, the lion re
treated to his den as well as he was able.
apparently in the greatest agony, moaning all
the way in the most lamentable manner. The
horse was soon obliged to be shot, as no one
ever dared approach the ground where he was
kept. From this story we gather two things
ano-namely.'that it is not always a proof of
cowardice "to turn tail" when opposed to an
enemy; and that in the days of Louis XV. as
in the present, animals who had a distaste to
be backed and ridden, were called "vicious,"
and deemed unworthy of life,
The true key of the universe is love. That
levels all inequalities, * makes low the mous,
jtain and exalts the valley,' and brings human
of every age and every station into a
state of brotherhood. ' The lion and lamb lie
down together; the leopard dwells with the
kid. and a little child shall lead them.' What
unprejudiced man can look abroad-in the World
and not see this? The splendid sun, the ceru
sky, the majestic trees, the green earth,
jthe thousand colors that enamel the mead, the
silver stream, in beauty composed and serene,
living in the endless flow of its waters, all talk
of what softens the heart, and inspire kindness
and affection in our dispositions and feelings,
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Sussex County Election Returns, 1831.
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Americau Republican
Joshua Hurton,
Kemlul M. Lewis,
Thomas Davis,
Shepard P. Houston,
Jehu Hcimett,
George Frame,
George Hearn,
James Harratt, -
John Gibbons,
Coroners ,
Daniel Short.
Jacob S Hurton,
Levy Court Commissioners.
Beniah Watson C C. H.
Spencer Phdlips. D. H.
Thomas Robinson, of Win, i. n.
Stephen Collins,
Samuel KatclifT, •
James Fisher, •
William Nicholls,
Thomas Adams,
James C. Lynch,
Dr. Joseph Maull, •
William Dunning,
Edward Dingle, -
William t) Waples,
Henry F. Rodney,
159 221 104 105 87 100 145 92 130 88 1231
159 221 104 105 87 99 145 92 131 87 1230
159 221 104 104 87 100 145 92 130 86 1228
158 226 104 103 87 luO 145 92 129 80 1218
159 220 104 102 87 100 138 81 130 88 1209
159 219 103 98 87 100 145 92 131 87 1221
159 220 103 103 87 100 145 92 130 87 1226
159 220 104 104 87 100 45 92 130 87 228
157 221 101 94 87 99 145 92 128 8 3 1 207
159 207111 100 86 100 144 93 111 45 1156
159 220 102 105 87 100 149 93 156 130 1301
144 220 103 104 87 100 145 93 128 88 1212
159 221 104 103 86 99 143 93 130 88 1226
157 220 104 104 87 100 136 93 129 88 1 218
159 221 104 104 87 100 144 92 130 88 1229
145 221 99 103 85 100 144 88 131 89 1205
157 218 86 75 86 99 144 88 131 89 1273
157 221 88 77 85 99 145 88 131 89 1180
157 221 100 106 87 100 144 88 131 89 1223
157 221 84 71 85 99 144 88 131 88 1168
158 218 101 106 86 100 144 89 130 87 1219
157 220 99 108 85 99 135 72 130 88 1193
156 220 86 61 84 1 111 5 8 122 68 967
156 218 99 100 86 99 129 88 127 89 1191
157 220100 105 84 10u 143 86 130 91 1216
Peler Robinson,
John Carey,
Zadock Aydelott.
Jesse Green, • •
Spencer Phillips,
George Frame, -
Simon K Wilson,
Henry Bacon,
\' illlam N Polk, •
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53 64 89 10194 140 49 34 23 54 701
53 66 74 63 94 139 64 61 21 69 704
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53 65 77
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65 94 141 45 34 21 55 650 •
98 94 141 46 34 21 54 685
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Has not Cod made man the crown of hi9 works
and stamped all his limbs with majesty and
grace; and shall we treat with harshness and
with indignity what God has chosen for his li
ving temple' No: the man that is austere to
his brother mortal, is the true practical atheist,
The true system for governing the world, for
fashioning the tender spirits of youth, for
smoothing the pillow ol age, is Love. The
one thing which most exalé and illustrates
man is disinterested affection,
so truly what we are capable of being, as when
we are ready to sacrifice ourselves for others,
and immolate our solf-love
ncficence. There i
We are never
the altar of be
no joy like the joy of a
generous sentiment, to go about doing good.
l*o make it our meat and d.ink 10 promote the
happiness of others, and diffuse confidence and
love to every one within the reach of our influ
Accomodation —A medical gentleman, in an
advertisement, informed the public that he had
• emoved from his old station, to a place
the church yard, for the better reception of his
Good humour and mental charms
much superior to mere personal beauty,
mind is superior to matter.
are a9

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