434 | [Narrative of New London Sons of Liberty]

    [c.19 Jan. 1766]

    On the 31st day of Decemr 1765, two persons came to New London & went to a Tavern there: they said they came from New York; one of them called himself Hughes1 & said he was brother to Mr Hughes of Philadelphia,2 appointed Distributor of Stamps there, the other called himself Mott.3 They sent for 6 or 7 Inhabitants of New London who were known to be most violent against the Stamp Act, & produced to them a letter from one Sears of New York a noted Captain of the Mob there, recommending them & their business to the people of Connecticut.4 They said they were sent by the People of New York to inform the People of Connecticut, that it was expected Troops would be sent from England to enforce their Submission to the Stamp Act; that it was necessary for them to unite in opposition to the English Forces upon this occasion; that most probably New York would be attacked first, & therefore Connecticut ought to march in defence of New York; that they were therefore sent to learn what Number of Men from Connecticut might be depended upon to assist the People of New York to support themselves against the English Forces. They added that They were to go from thence to Norwich & from thence to Windham, at both which places they were to make the same Enquiry; & they said that two other Persons were gone to Boston on the same Business. This Company spent the Evening at the Tavern, & some Resolutions were formed & reduced to writing: but the Substance of these has not been as yet discovered. These two persons set out the next day in very bad Weather to Norwich[,]5 from whence they returned to New London the third day without going to Windham: From which it was conjectured that they had not met with encouragement at Norwich & therefore they did not go to Windham: but this is no more than conjecture.

    AMs, RC      CO 5/755, ff 451-453.