History of Canaan - Chapter XVII

Robert B. Clark (dead in his bed)
Salmon P. Cobb (an old witch too mean to live or die)
Daniel Campbell
James Pattee (a drunkard)
John Fales Jr (an idiot)
Wesley P. Burpee (an awful death from cancer)
Benj. W. Porter (drowned)
Bartlett Hoit (killed by God after having stolen money sent him)
   to keep his wife’s father from starving or thrown on the town.)

March Barber (old foolish jealous and insane)

   The words inclosed in the parentheses after each name are on the town records but were put there by someone afterwards.

   Voted that the measures adopted by the town for removing said building, be commenced by the 10th day of August at 7 a. m. and be continued from day to day, without intermission, so as to satisfy the calls of nature, until the moving of said building be compleated.

   Voted unanimously that the following Preamble and Resolutions be sent to the editor of the Christian Register and Boston Observer, with a request that he would give them an insertion in his paper:

   Whereas a report of the managers of the Mass. Antislavery Soc. has been published in the Christian Register and Boston Observer bearing date July 11th 1835, containing statements, that the inhabitants of Canaan, N. H., are generally in favor of the colored school in said town. Therefore resolved that the publication in that paper relating to said school is without foundation in truth and a libel upon the publick as more than four fifths of the inhabitants of this town in the estimation of this meeting are decidedly opposed to said school and are determined to take effectual measures to remove it.

   Resolved that a copy of these proceedings be sent to the N. H. Patriot and State Gazette and be signed by the Selectmen and Town Clerk. With the request that all the papers in New England insert them once.

   The meeting then dissolved and the noisy crowd left the village uttering threats and imprecations. But the chiefs in this “legal” conspiracy, it is said, held a private conference in the hall that lasted until morning. Wherein they discussed the responsibilities they were assuming, and some of the more cautious desired that they might receive counsel from some eminent lawyer. They accordingly consulted Josiah Quincy of Rumney, but his views conformed so greatly to their own, that they suspected there might be more sympathy than law in his opinion. They then consulted Ichabod Bartlett, who it was known was