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Affidavit of Caleb Scott


I, Caleb Scott, of lawful age, testify and declare, that being lately on a journey through Connecticut, attending upon Mr˙ Storer, of Boston, who was in company with Mr˙ Francis Green, we put up at Mr˙ Carey' s Tavern, at Windham, on Monday evening, the fourth day of July current; that soon after a man inquired of me whether Mr˙ Green, who was at that time there, was not one of those that signed for the Governour of Boston. I referred him to Mr˙ Green himself for an answer. That between nine and ten o' clock that evening, a great number of persons assembled in a tumultuous manner round Mr˙ Carey' s Tavern, often demanding Mr˙ Green; that a number kept a little distance on a plat of grass before the Tavern, and after about an hour or two many of them pressed suddenly into the house in a boisterous manner, and went into the room to Mr˙ Green, demanding if his name was Francis Green; he answered in the affirmative, and demanded one of their names, who told him, but I cannot recollect it. Some one of them told him thereupon, that they would now give him leave to tarry there till six o' clock next morning, but if he was not then gone to beware of the consequences, or words to that purpose; they then dispersed, it being about eleven o' clock. The next morning at six o' clock, the Meeting House bell was rung, and a cannon, placed before the Tavern door, was fired, and the people again surrounded the house, and I heard several of them say, "It is full time he was gone." Many of them went into the Tavern, and up stairs into Mr˙ Green' s bed-chamber, and demanded his immediate departure from that town, in opposition to Mr˙ Carey' s orders, who forbade them behaving in such a mobbish manner in his house. I, the deponent, remaining below, heard many loud words pass between Mr˙ Green and some of those who went up, but could not distinguish what was said; at length they came down and remained in and about the house until Mr˙


Green' s departure. Further, as I returned to Windham after Mr˙ Green had left the town, I was there informed that an express was sent from thence to Norwich to excite the people there to mob Mr˙ Green; and the same afternoon Mr˙ Storer and myself having overtaken Mr˙ Green at Lebanon, we proceeded; and arriving the next morning at Lothrop' s Tavern, at Norwich, stopped there. Mr˙ Storer and Mr˙ Green went from thence to Mr˙ Huntington' s house. While I was taking care of the horses I perceived a man run into the Meeting House, and heard the bell ring, and soon after saw several men appear on the plain; one of whom fired a gun, upon which a number of people assembled and proceeded in a body to Mr˙ Gales' s shop, where they all held up their hands in a swearing posture; and, I understood, took some oath. From thence they all went to Lothrop' s Tavern and inquired for Mr˙ Green; being informed he was at Mr˙ Huntington' s house, they went there, and remained some time about the house, but after some short time part of them returned, and as they passed me some of them said, "Let us go and fetch the cart;" and soon after the rest came also.

In a few minutes Mr˙ Storer and Mr˙ Green came from Mr˙ Huntington' s house and went into the Tavern, where breakfast was ordered; immediately a number came with a single horse cart, and asked where Mr˙ Green was? others answered, he' s in the Tavern. They then called out, "The time is up, out with him, fetch him out," or in other words to the same effect. The next thing I perceived was that the people burst into the Tavern with great violence, and entered the room where Mr˙ Green was, where they remained a minute or two, then came out in a body bringing Mr˙ Green with them, and keeping close about him, went between the cart and his carriage, at the same time I heard the people say, "Into the cart with him, into the cart with him;' ' then I perceived the people to close in and surround Mr˙ Green, and some appearance of a bustle, but being at a little distance, and the crowd very thick, I could not well see what was going on, but heard one among them say, "If he will go in his own carriage let him," or to that purpose; they then cleared the way a little and obliged Mr˙ Green to get into his curricle; some of them struck the carriage, the horses set off, they beat the drum, the crowd shouted and huzzad, and, following Mr˙ Green, they pelted him for a considerable distance through the town with much rage and violence. CALEB SCOTT.

Suffolk, ss.

Caleb Scott, before named, personally appearing, maketh solemn oath to the truth of the foregoing Deposition by him subscribed; taken at the special request of Mr˙ Francis Green, in perpetuam rei memoriam,
Boston, July 20, 1774.

Before us,
Justices of the Peace and of the Quorum.