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BIOGRAPHY OF MAJOR THOMPSON MAXWELL

BY KEY. E. H. PILCHER

BIOGRAPHY OF MAJOR THOMPSON MAXWELL. BY KEY. E. H. PILCHER,

Major Maxwell resided in Wayne county for a good many years. He had married the mother of Rev. Joseph Hickox, and had resided on the range, about sixteen miles from Detroit. He was a very good and devoted Christian man, and a member of a Christian church for many years. Born and reared in New England, he was originally a Congregationalist, but had united with the Methodist Episcopal church, some years before his death. It was in 1830 I became acquainted with him, and was interested in him, as being one of a class of men then becoming very scarce, and now extinct or fossilized; that is a revolutionary soldier, and inquired somewhat into his history. He died sometime in the summer of 1831, and I attended his funeral. He was in the ninety-seventh year of his age, having been born in the early part of 1734. He was looked upon in the neighborhood with a good deal of veneration, from the fact that he was a revolutionary, and from the further fact that he was one of the forty or fifty men selected by John Hancock to dress in Indian costume and to throw the tea overboard in Boston harbor, in 1773. It may be well to recite the circumstances of that case here. They were in substance these: The British Government, George III being king, had laid a heavy and oppressive tax on teas brought into the colonies of this country, against which the people had protested to no purpose. The people had determined in the principal towns, that no tea should be used, and had appointed committees to see to it that no tea was landed. In all the towns, 'New York, Philadelphia, and Charleston, the committees had induced the assignees of teas on behalf of the East India company, which had secured the monopoly of the trade, to resign, so that the cargoes could not be landed.

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