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BLODGET'S PLAN



OF THE



BATTLE ON THE SHORES OF LAKE GEORGE,

8 September, 1755.
REMARKS

MADE BEFORE

THE MASSACHUSETTS HISTORICAL SOCIETY,
March 13, 1890.



BY



SAMUEL ABBOTT GREEN, M.D.






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BLODGET'S PLAN



BATTLE ON THE SHORES OF LAKE GEORGE,

8 September, 1755.
REMARKS

MADE BEFORE

THE MASSACHUSETTS HISTORICAL SOCIETY,
March 13, 1890.



BY



SAMUEL ABBOTT GREEN, M.D.



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BLODGETS PLAN



BATTLE ON THE SHORES OF LAKE GEOBGE.



At a meeting of the Massachusetts Historical
Society, on Thursday, March 13, 1890, Dr. Samuel
A. Green called attention to an early engraving, of
which a fac-simile of the exact size is herewith given,
and said : —



During the summer of 1883 a bound volume of " The
Boston Gazette, or Country Journal," running from April 14,
1755, to December 29 of the same year, came into the posses-
sion of the Historical Society. The file had once belonged to
the Rev. Dr. Abiel Holmes, for many years the Corresponding-
Secretary of the Society, and bears some of his handwriting ;
and it was given to the library by his son John Holmes, Esq.
In the copy of the newspaper for September 15, there is a
reference to the battle between the French and the English
on the shores of Lake George, where General Johnson de-
feated and captured Baron Dieskau. Attached by wafers to
this particular number was a rare engraving of the battle,
showing the engagement of the troops on each side, and giv-
ing a plan of the English encampment, with the position of



the various regiments. The original drawing was made by
Samuel Blodget, — present at the time as a sutler, — which
was without doubt fairly accurate. It was engraved on cop-
per by Thomas Johnston, a native of Boston, and at that period
an artist of some local repute. Subjected to the tests of a
modern standard, the work would be harshly criticised, but,
making due allowance for the improved methods in the art of
engraving during the last century and a half, it is on the whole
creditable. An advertisement in the Gazette, December 22,
in this file, gives the date of the publication, and other inter-
esting facts connected with the Plan, as follows : —

THIS DAY PUBLISH'D,

And Sold by Samuel Blodget, at the South End of Boston, near
the Sign of the Lamb, and opposite to Capt. Smith's. A prospective
PLAN of 2 of the Engagements the English had with the French at
Lake- George, on the 8th of September 1755 ; exhibiting to the Eye a
very lively as well as just Representation of them ; together with Part
of the Lake, the Camp, the Situation of each Regiment, with the Disad-
vantages attending them : The Appearance of the Canadians, Indians
and Regulars, as they made their Approach to the Brest-work ; the
Form of the Land and the Enemy ; together with the Advantage they
had in their Ambuscade against Col. Williams. As also a Plan of
Hudson's- River from New- York to Albany ; with such Marks as will
be of great Service to Navigation : Likewise the River and Waggon
Road from Albany to Lake- George ; together with a Plan and Situation
of each of the Forts that have been lately built. All which is carefully
and neatly struck off from a large Copper Plate.

N B. There will be Sold with each Plan a printed Pamphlet with
Explanatory Notes, containing a full, tho' short History of that impor-
tant Affair from the Beginning to the End of it.

ijg^ The above Map, together with the Pamphlets, may be had of
the Printers hereof.

According to this advertisement the Plan or Map was pub-
lished in connection with a pamphlet, of which, fortunately,



there is a copy in the Historical Library, though lacking the
Map. A comparison between these two publications shows
beyond all doubt that they belong together and explain each
other, as figures in the one refer to corresponding numbers
in the other. The Map, probably, was folded and fastened
between the first and second leaves, as there are marks of
stitches at this place in the copy. The pamphlet is bound
up with others, once owned by the Rev. Dr. Jeremy Bel-
knap and given to the Society by his daughter, on March 11,
1858. It is a quarto in form, containing five pages of de-
scriptive matter, besides a page of " Advertisement," and
is entitled : " A Prospective-Plan of the Battle near Lake
Greorge, on the Eighth Day of September, 1755. With an
Explanation thereof ; Containing a full, tho' short, History of
that important Affair. By Samuel Blodget, Occasionally at the
Camp, when the Battle was fought. Boston ; New-England.
Printed by Richard Draper, for the Author. MDCCLV."

Samuel Blodget, the author of the Plan, was a trader in
Boston. He has an advertisement in the Gazette, Dec. 10,
1759, by which it appears that he kept a shop in Marl-
borough Street, where he sold English goods, sugars, hats,
etc. He gives notice that " Officers and Soldiers who have
lately been discharged, may be supplied at the lowest Price,
till their Muster-Rolls are made up," showing that he still
had certain relations with the army. A sketch of Mr.
Blodget is given in Potter's " History of Manchester, N. H."
(pages 525-537), from which it appears that he was born
at Woburn, on April 1, 1721, and died at Derryfield, now
Manchester, on Sept. 1, 1806. At one time he was a Jus-
tice of the Inferior Court of Common Pleas for the County
of Hillsborough, and at a later period the projector of Blod-
get's canal around the Amoskeag Falls. See also Chase's
" History of Haverhill" (pages 621, 622) for another account
of Mr. Blodget.



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Thomas Johnston, the engraver of the Plan, died in Boston,
on May 8, 1767. He was an artist of respectability, and had
practised as an heraldic painter. "The Boston Evening-
Post," May 11, 1767, has the following notice of his death : —

Last Friday Morning died here Mr. Thomas Johnston, Japanner,
Painter and Engraver, after a short illness, having heen seized with an
Apoplectic Fit a few Days before.

In the list of ante-Revolntionary publications given in
the second volume of Thomas's " Histoiy of Printing " (second
edition), it is said, on page 523, that Blodget's " Plan is rarely
met with." According to Sabin's " Dictionary of Books re-
lating to America" (vol. ii. pp. 231, 232), an edition of the
pamphlet was brought out in London, during the year 1756,
by T. Jefferys.




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