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BIOGRAPHY OF MAJOR THOMPSON MAXWELL

BY KEY. E. H. PILCHER

. ' On the instant a shout was heard at the porch; the war-whoop resounded, a body of men, forty or fifty in number, disguised as Indians, passed by the door; and encouraged by Samuel Adams, Hancock, and others, repaired to Griffin's wharf, posted guards to prevent the intrusion of spies, took possession of three tea ships, and in about three hours, three hundred and forty chests of tea, being the whole quantity that had been imported, were emptied in the bay, without the least injury to other property. 'All things were conducted with great order, decency, and perfect submission to the government. ' The people around, as they looked on, were so still, that the noise of the breaking open, of the tea-chests was plainly heard. A delay of a few hours would have placed the tea under the protection of the admiral at the castle. After the work was done, the town became as still and calm as if it had been holy time. The men from the country that very night carried back the great news to their villages. "
Mr. Maxwell was in twenty-three battles of the revolution. In the war of 1812, he was promoted to the rank of major in the regular army of the United States, and served faithfully during the war. The major was a very quiet, unobtrusive man, but fearless, courageous, and well suited to an enterprise' of the kind to which Mr. Hancock called him. His last years were spent in quiet retirement in this county. He died in the faith and peace of the gospel of Christ, and his dust sleeps in a country grave-yard, and his grave is unmarked by any monument or even' a stone bearing his name. His very name has been forgotten by the people where he lived and died so many years ago. Such is human life and greatness. There is no other public or even private record of his life and death, than that which I have given.

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