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his then being on a mission to arrange peace with the coast Indians. In the Boston Gazette of June 1st, 1761, appears the following:

Last Friday sen'night died here, after a few days Illness, in the Sixty-second year of his Age, EBENEZER STORER, Esq: Merchant; who for a Number of Years was an Overseer of the Poor of this Town, and one of His Majesty's Justices of the Peace. In the commercial World, where his Dealings were large, his Reputation was unsullied; and as a Magistrate he discharged his Trust with Prudence, and inflexible Integrity. His Humanity and public affection appeared in the Care and Tenderness with which he dispersed (sic) the Alms of the Town, as well as of the Church which he served as Deacon, adding to them his own Bounties, and in the Chearfulness with which he aided every public-spirited Design. So that the Death of this Gentleman, amiable in every relation, is not only very sensibly felt by his Family and Friends, but justly esteemed a public Loss. He maintained thro' a long Course of Years the character of a devout Christian and that Piety which he exemplified in his Life, supported him under the severe Pains of his last sickness and SMOOTH'D THE BED OF DEATH.

It may have a certain interest to trace how these letters have come down. From the Ebenezer to whom they were addressed they came into the possession of his grand nephew Ebenezer, Treasurer of Harvard College for many years, and from him to that of his daughter Mary Storer (Mrs. Seth Johnson) who gave them to her niece Mrs. Martha Wilson Murray (Mrs. David Murray) of New Brunswick, N. J., who after holding them for some fifty years very kindly turned them over to me with a number of other Storer relics. According to some of these other heirlooms bygone Storers would seem to have had romantic passages in their lives that are wanting in these more prosaic days. Charles Storer, a son of the Ebenezer of Harvard, according to legend had in Paris certain love affairs with a lady named Amélie and also with another named Marie. Be this as it may, I have here a miniature of Charles Storer, a handsome youth with a rather merry eye, and also miniatures of two ladies of pleasing features and also a ring in which hair of two different shades is entwined, with the initials A-M over all and engraved within "Recorde de l'Amitié 1789." Surely quite complete.


In presenting a letter from William Almy on the Stamp Act riot in Newport, with a song that accompanied it, Mr. EDWARD GRAY said: This song, with a letter from Newport, was published in the Boston Evening Post on September 2, 1765.

On October 28, 1765, John Powell wrote Christopher Champlin from London: "I wrote you by Captain Bruce advising of my safe arrival here, since which received yours by the Bristol ship, that brought over Dr. Moffat and Mr. Howard. The latter is under Inoculation. I saw him yesterday is well. But a little too low spirited.'

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The Almy letter refers also to Dr. Elisha Story's father. This was William Story, and both Lorenzo Sabine (Loyalists of the American Revolution, п. 337) and Stark (The Loyalists of Massachusetts, 503) include him among the Loyalists. This error seems worth correcting.

William Story was born at Boston, April 25, 1720, the son of Elisha Story and Sarah (Cooper) Renouf. He was a notary public and register of Probate, and, in 1759, was appointed Deputy Registrar of the Court of Vice Admiralty at Boston. On August 26, 1765, his house, in the lower part of which was his office, which contained the records of the court of Vice Admiralty, was attacked by the mob, along with those of Lieutenant-Governor Hutchinson and Benjamin Hallowell, Jr., and his private papers, the records of the Admiralty court, and some furniture were destroyed. This occurrence probably accounts for the mistake made by both Sabine and Stark.

Story resigned his office, and removed to Ipswich, the home of his second wife. During the Revolution, he was clerk to the Navy Board at Boston. He died at Marblehead, November 24, 1799.

A comparison of the handwriting of William Story, former deputy registrar of the Court of Vice Admiralty, on his petition of October 29, 1766, to the General Court for compen

1 Commerce of Rhode Island, 1. 130.

sation for loss suffered during the riot,' with that of William Story, clerk to the Navy Board,2 shows that the same person held both these positions.

NEWPORT Aug't 29th 1765. Thursday

MY WORTHY FRIEND, - In my Last I Promis'd to give you the Particulars of Our Transactions here, Concerning the Stamp Affair, Which I now shall Endeavour to do. In the First Place I'll Just Inform you Concerning Mr. Martin Howard Jun'r and Doct'r Moffatt, who was hung in Efigy with the Stamp Master. Mr. Howard and the Doctor you must know have made themselves very Busy with their Pen (By all accounts) In Writing Against the Colonies and in Favour of the Stamp Act etc.

In the Morning of the 27th Inst. between five and six a Mob Assembled and Erected a Gallows near the Town House and then Dispers'd, and about Ten A Clock Reassembled and took the Effigys of the Above Men and the Stamp Master and Carted them up Thames Street, then up King Street to the said Gallows where they was hung up by the Neck and Suspended near 15 feet in the Air, And on the Breast of the Stamp Master, was this Inscription THE STAMP MAN, and holding in his Right hand the Stamp Act, And upon the Breast of the Doct'r was wrote, THAT INFAMOUS, MISCREATED, LEERING JACOBITE DOCT'R MURFY. In his Right hand was a folded Letter with this Direction To that Mawgazeene of Knowledge Doct'r Muffy in Rhode Island, And on the Same Arm was Wrote, If I had but Rec'd this Letter from the Earl of Bute But One Week sooner. And upon a strip of paper hanging out of his Mouth was wrote It is too late Martinius to Retract, for we are all Aground.

And upon Mr. Howard's Breast was wrote, THAT FAWNING, INSIDIOUS, INFAMOUS MISCREANT AND PARACIDE MARTINIUS SCRIBLERIUS, and upon his Right Arm was wrote, THE ONLY FILIAL PEN. Upon his left Arm was wrote, CURS'D AMBITION AND YOUR CURSED CLAN HAS RUIN'D ME and upon the Same Arm a little Below was this, WHAT THO' I BOAST OF INDEPENDANCE POSTERITY WILL CURSE MY MEMORY. And upon one of the Posts of the Gallows was wrote, We have an Heriditary Indefeasible Right to a Halter, Besides we Encourag'd the Growth of Hemp you know. And Underneath that, was a New Song (made upon the Occasion) which I have here 1 Mass. Archives, XLIV. 604.

2 In the Huntington Papers, in the custody of the Massachusetts Historical Society, there are several letters in his handwriting, and one signed by him as clerk.

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