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iff passed without him, relying upon the promise
he had made to appear at Court the next day.
This circumstance excited their suspicions ; they
came immediately into the street, seized Williams
at his lodgings, and, placing him in the midst of
them, repaired to a tavern in Ash Swamp. When
he arrived there, two bundles of black birch rods
wefe produced, from which it appeared that a place
had been concerted to compel him to run the guant-
let, with the view, probably, of inducing him, by



tflnnals of Keene. 67

ench borsh treatment, again to leave the country.
B it by this time, a large number of considerate
citizens had assembled and arrived at the tavern.
A proposition was made, that the whole subject
shoultl be referred to a committee. A committee
was a|)pointed ; tneir report was too favorable to ,
Williams, to suit the majority, and was rejected.
A lotlier committee was appointed, who reported
that he should leave the town the next day, and
leave the state the next week. This report was
agreed to ; but the minority, still dissatisfied, pri-
vately sent out messengers, to collect more of their
fj lends This being communicated to those who
were disposed to protect Williams, tliey advised
him to retire immediately. An attempt was made
to prevent him from mounting a horse, which had
been offered him by a friend. A conflict ensued,
in which the horse was overthrown, and several
persons were knocked down with clubs. He at
length, however, mounted, with the assistance of
his friends, and rode through the crowd, which con-
tinued to oppose him.

The next da}^ he repaired to Charlestown, and
presented himself to the Court, which, thereupon,
passed the. following order : " that Elijah Williams,
Esq. now in the keeping of Isaac Griswold, by vir-
tue of a mittimus from Thomas Baker, Esq., contin-
ue in the custody of the said Isaac, until he shall
have transacted the business upon which he came
into this part of the country, and then be p*^rmit-
ted to leave this State, upon his good behaviour,
without further molestation.'* After settling his af-
fairs, Williams repaired to Nova-Scotia. Shortly
after, in consequence of ill health, he returned to
Deerfield, his native town, died, and was buried by
the side of his ancestors.



6^ *Snnals of Keene,

1T86.

At a meetins^, held January 12, the town chose a
conuiuitee to take an account of all the services
done bv the t( wi during tb.e late war, that the same
niay be sent to the couMnittee of claims in said
State.

1788.

January 7th, the town chose the Rev. Aaron
Kail a delegate to sit in convention, to be held at
Exeter." for the lull and free investig;a<ion, discus-
si( i^, and decision upon, the proceedinajs of the
Federal ( onventiort," which framed the constiiu-
tion of tile United S tes. After a short sesMon,
tl e Exeter conveniion, on the 2:)d of February,
adjouriied to the "list of Jujse.

February 8th, the town " voted, that they will
rot. at present, shew their minds whether the) will
acc< pt or refuse the new constitution."

March , the town vote*! to accept the report of
the con.mittee on the claims of those that servt d
in the late war, and were not allowed in the lust
a- eraiLte, so tar as that each one shall have two
thirds ot the sums set to the several names iri said
report ; and they aNo voted to i^ise. the sum of
one hundred and six pounds, to pay the amount of
tiiis and a former a^eraiie. The names and sums,
mentioited in this report, are on the recoid, and
are as follows :





£


s.


d.


Simeon Clark


2


2


4,


Jo) athan Poi>d


2


2


4,


Maj. Davis Howlet


2


2


4,


Thos. Field


2


2


4,


Adin Holbnok


2


2


4,


Capt. Stephen Griswold


2


2


4,


Joshua Osfjood


1


12


0,


J( rathan Duinel


1


1


2,


Gideon Eiiis


1


i


:^,



£


s.


d.


i


1


2,


2


10


2,





i7


2,


4


14


0,


1


4


0,


2


1


2,


1


8


iO,


1


i6


«,


2


2


4



Jnnals of Keene, 69

Timothy Ellis, 3d.
Lieutenant Wright
Ahratiam WJieeler
Boyal Blake
Capt. Richardson
Benj. Willis
1 aac Esty
JMaj. Josiah Willard
Samuel Hale

17)0.
Th<" number of inhabitants this year was 1314.

After this period, but few, if any, events have
occurred, which would be interesting or instructive.
The adoption ol the National and State constitu-
tions, and the regular administration of the laws,
have calmed the agitations which once were too
common, and compelled the restless and disconten-
ted to engage in the quiet occupations of produc-
tive industry. Society has improved, the town has
prospered, and now presents one of the fairest evi-
dences of the benisn effects of a regular govern-
ment and of free institutions.



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