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Proceedings of the Council of Maryland, 1732:1753
Volume 28, Page 62   View pdf image (33K)
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62 Proceedings of the Council of Maryland, 1733/4.

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house of Thomas Cresap of Baltimore County on Tuesday the
Twenty Ninth day of January Last and that about two hours
within Night a Considerable number of People being at least
Twenty in Number as he verily beleives came in a Violent
manner & required the Doors to be opened and the said
Cresap to Surrender himselfe to them, one of them Swearing
he was Sheriff of Lancaster County And others saying that
they were to be Supported in their proceedings by one Em-
merson a Lawyer in Pensylvania and that they were then
fifty Men & if they were not Enough they would have five hun-
dred there next Morning to take the said Cresap. That the said
Cresap declared his house was his Castle and he would Defend
it, upon which some of the said persons Swore they would over-
sett the house of the said Cresap and others that they would
burn it. That some of them Endeavoured to force open the
Door and enter into the said house with the said Cresap this
Deponent and others that were in the house Endeavoured to
prevent. That severall of the said persons forced the Door off
the hinges and were forceably and Violently coming into
the house upon which the said Cresap Discharged a Gun
Amongst them and beleives wounded one of them That one
of The said persons came forceably into the house and
Assaulted the said Cresap. That some of them Seized this
Deponent but upon his Asking them what they Intended to
do and telling them that he was a Stranger they let him go.
That one William Linvillt; was amongst the said Persons
Armed with a Gun and Another of them had a Pistol which he
snaped at the said Cresap or one of the People that were in
the house with him who stood close together which Pistol or
Another was Dropt and taken up near the said Cresaps Door
that one or more of the said Persons several times said and
Swore they would hang the said Cresap and burn his house &
all that were in it. This Deponent thinks that the said Linville
was painted after the manner the Indians Paint themselves.
That the said Persons Continued at the house of the said
Cresap above an hour, And that they continued to Threaten
the said Cresap while they Stayed. That this Deponent was
at the house of one James Pattison of Conestogoe in the
Christmas Holydays and speaking of his Intention to Settle in
Maryland and some People there to Discourage this Deponent
therefrom and to Insinuate the Danger of his so Settling as
this Deponent understood Declared that there were Disci-
plined men Enough in Donegal to beat all Maryland and
further saith not.
William Smith

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