The History of New York State
Book XI, Chapter II
Part XII

Editor, Dr. James Sullivan

Online Edition by Holice, Deb & Pam



January 6

The name "Sons of Liberty" first used by Colonel Barre, in British Parliament in opposition to Stamp Act.

March 22

Stamp Act received royal assent.

April 11

news of Stamp Act reached America.

June 10

New York "Gazette" suspended on account of opposition to the Stamp Act.

August 30

James McEvers resigned as distributor of stamps.

August 31

General Gage wrote Colden that the public papers were "crammed with treason" and that the people were "encouraged to revolt."

September 6

Fort George put in a state of defense.

October 7

Stamp Act Congress met in New York City

October 22

Ship "Edward" brought first stamps to metropolis.,

October 31

People in mourning over Stamp Act. People cried "Liberty" and broke lamps and windows. Sons of Liberty chose a committee of correspondence. Merchants agreed to boycott British goods.

November 1

Stamp Act became operative. New York is a state of rebellion. No effort to enforce Stamp Act.

December 11

Assembly protested to king and parliament against "internal taxes and duties."



January 7

Sons of Liberty resolved to "go to the last extremity" in resisting the Stamp Act.

March 18

King assented to repeal of Stamp Act.

April 26

Bells rung in New York City to celebrate repeal of Stamp Act.

May 20

A second celebration on receipt of more positive news of the rescinding of the Stamp Act.

May 21

First Liberty Pole erected in New York city and banquet held in honor of the Stamp Act.

June 30

Assembly resolved to erect a statue of George III and to Pitt.

August 11

First blood of Revolution shed in conflict between Sons of Liberty and English soldiers.

December 5

Assembly, refusing to vote supplies for troops, was prorogued.



June 29

King assented to Townshend Act placing a duty on glass, lead, paints paper and tea.

July 2

King signed bill restraining Assembly from passing any act until his troops were supplied.

October 5

Governor Moore reported that Assembly had voted supplies for soldiers.

December 18

Governor Moore proclaimed Sons of Liberty guilty of sedition.



January 31

Baron de Kalb arrived in New York City.

February 6

Legislature appropriated £1,000 for statue to George III and £500 for one to Pitt.

August 27

Non-importation agreement of merchants

September 5

Tradesmen and merchants agreed not to purchase imported goods.

November 8

Assembly protested against new taxes

November 14

Popular demonstration in New York City

December 31

Assembly asserted its constitutional rights in a series of resolutions.



January 2

Governor Moore dissolved Assembly because of its resolves "repugnant to Great Britain."

February 18

"The Friends of Liberty" celebrated the repeal of the Stamp Act.

March 13

Committee appointed to "inspect all European importations."

April 6

Colonel Morris given permission to introduce a bill in the Assembly to exempt all Protestants from taxes for the Established Church in southern New York.

April 10

Assembly thanked merchants for observing the non-importation agreement. Cordwainers and Sons of Liberty agreed not to eat lamb in order to encourage wool growing.

May 13

Committee of merchants appealed to :the ladies in particular" not to buy imported articles.

June 19

Alexander Robertson was forced to apologize for bringing boycotted goods into New York for sale.

July 7

Sons of Liberty of New York City published their constitution.

July 13

Violators of non-importation agreement advertised in press.

July 22

Simeon Cooley, "publicly acknowledged his crimes" and implored pardon in the Fields for violating the non-importation agreement.

September 19

Thomas Richardson at a scaffold near the Liberty Pole begged public pardon for selling forbidden goods.

November 30

Assembly voted to exempt all Protestants from paying taxes to support churches to which they did not belong. Not passed by Council.

December 18

Public meeting in Fields protested against voting public money for British troops

December 20

Governor Colden offered £500 reward for name of author of seditious broadsides.

December 22

Assembly voted for elections by ballot.



January 5

Colden signed bills granting £2,000 for support of the troops

January 13

British soldiers attempted to cut down Liberty Pole and attacked Montague;s house.

January 17

Liberty Pole cut down by soldiers. Three thousand citizens meet to discuss the billeting Act and to boycott the soldiers.

January 19

"Battle of Golden Hull: in which soldiers and civilians were wounded--called the :"First battle of the Revolution"

January 22

Mayor Hicks ordered soldiers to stay in barracks unless accompanied by officers.

February 2

Common Council of New York City voted for public sessions.

February 6

Sons of Liberty erected their Fifth Liberty Pole

February 7

Alexander NcDougall put in jail for printing seditious handbills.

February 14

"Forty-five gentlemen . . .real enemies of internal taxation" dined with Captain McDougall

March 14

McDougall pardoned and released from jail

March 19

Anniversary of repeal of Stamp Act celebrated

March 24

Soldiers tried to destroy Liberty Pole bur failed

May 17

Subscribers to non-importation agreement called to meet

May 30

Public meeting in city hall resolved to uphold non-importation agreement although other colonies were violating it

June 11

Division of opinion over non-importation

July 5

Proposed to limit non-importation

July 7

A "great majority" voted to resume importation from Great Britain, except tea, until other colonies ratified. Orders sent to England for goods.

July 25

Sons of Liberty asked counties to oppose breaking the non-importation compact

August 16

Equestrian statue of George III erected in Bowling green.

September 7

Statue of Pitt erected in Wall Street.

December 13

McDougall called before Assembly and sent to jail for issuing an objectionable broadside.

December 17

Edmund Burke appointed agent of New York



March 18

Anniversary of repeal of Stamp Act celebrated

July 9

Governor Tryon assumed government of province.



January 1

Complaint about over-taxation of New York City

January 16

Assembly voted that future members must be actual residents of the districts in which they were elected.

March 18

Anniversary of repeal of Stamp Act celebrated in New York City and on Long Island

March 24

New Militia Act

April 25

Postal service extended to Quebec

June 4

King's birthday observed with "great solemnity."

June 24

Stage coach started from New York to Boston



April 22

Rivington's New York "Gazette" began but soon aroused criticism for its Tory tendencies.

June 4

King's birthday celebrated with much pomp

July 7

Franklin suggested a general congress

October 15

Public meeting at the Coffee House thanked Captains of London ships for refusing to carry tea to New York

October 25

news reached New York that tea would be sent to colonies

November 3

Governor Tryon regretted to report "the ferment in the mind of many" over the report about tea

November 4

Effigy of one Kelly displayed fro encouraging shipments of tea to America

November 27

Committee appointed to ascertain what would be done with tea. "The Mohawks" threatened any merchants who received the tea with an "unwelcome visit."

November 29

Sons of Liberty took lead in opposing taxes by means of tea

December 1

Council decided to store tea in fort and barracks, but "Liberty Boys" determined not to permit its landing.

December 4

Tea agents refused to receive it

December 15

Governor Tryon decided not to use force

December 16

Boston Tea Party--known in New York on December 23

December 17

Meeting in City hall appointed a committee of correspondence of fifteen members and voted that tea should not be landed.



January 3

Governor Tryon wrote that tea could be safely landed at New York only under the "point of the bayonet and muzzle of the cannon."

January 20

Assembly named a committee of correspondence.

March 5

John Hancock proposed a general Congress

March 17

Tea ships expected daily

March 18

Repeal of Stamp Act again celebrated by a large company

March 24

Committee of correspondence promised cooperation with Boston in effectual measures and in appointing post riders.

March 31

King approved the Boston Port bill

April 7

Lieutenant-Governor Colden resumed government of New York

April 19

Broadside announced arrival of tea ships

April 22

Mohawks dump tea in harbor--this was New York's Tea Party

April 23

Another tea ship arrived from London

May 12

Copy of Boston Port Bill arrived at New York

May 15

Committee of correspondence first public body to suggest a Continental Congress. Letter of Sears and McDougall

May 16

A new committee of correspondence of fifty-one members appointed in a meeting at the exchange. Isaac Low named chairman. People approved committee three days later.

May 17

Paul Reveres reached New York en route to Trinity Church

May 17

Last public commencement of King's college in Trinity Church

May 17

Town of Providence, Rhode Island, urged a general Congress

May 18

"Surely Great Britain can never mean to drive us to. . . . .an eternal separation" wrote John Thurman, Jr.

May 19

Gouverneur Morris feared "the dominion of a riotous mob" and asked "all men to seed for reunion with the parent state."

May 23

Committee of Fifty-One sent letter to Boston by Paul Revere and asked for "a congress of the colonies."

May 30

Boston replied that "a general congress" was "indispensable."

May 30

New York committee asked counties to appoint committees of correspondence

June 1

Boston Port bill became effective

June 11

Governor Tryon's famous report on province made

June 15

Mob carried effigies of Lord North and others through streets and burned them before Coffee House.

June 23

Holt discarded the King's arms as headpiece of his paper and substituted a snake cut into pieces with the motto, "Unite or Die."

June 24

Committee of correspondence of Assembly approved of "a general congress, but had no authority to act.

June 27

Committee of Fifty-One discussed "the most eligible mode of appointing deputies" to the general congress

June 29

Committee of Fifty-One voted to nominate five deputies to Congress to be approved by the committee of mechanics and by freeholders and freemen. Controversy over deputies for several days.

July 4

Public gathering in the Fields denounced Boston Port Bill; urged non-importation until the bill was repealed; instructed delegates to Congress to favor non-importation agreement; and ordered a subscription for the Boston poor.

July 11

Sir William Johnson, died at Johnstown.

July 28

Philip Livingston, Isaac Low, John Jay, John Alsop and James Duane were "unanimously elected delegates to Congress" from New York City.

August 20

Massachusetts delegates to Congress welcomed to New York City

September 1

New York deputies set out for Philadelphia cheered by the people.

September 5

First Continental Congress net at Philadelphia. John Jay and James Duane put on committee to prepare a declaration of rights and grievances. Congress drew up an association prohibiting imports from Great Britain after December 1, 1774.

September 7

Merchants resolved to prevent "engrossers" and profiteers from enhancing prices and threatened to boycott any such person.

September 8

William Smith, wrote in his dairy that the first bloodshed :would light up a civil war."

September 14

John Thurman said every American could handle a rifle.

October 20

Eight New York delegates at Philadelphia sign the association

November 14

Distillers resolved to use no molasses or syrups from British West India Islands.

November 15

Committee of Sixty proposed to enforce the association

November 22

Committee of Sixty elected to succeed committee of Fifty-One

December 27

"The Mohawks" warned Andrew Elliott, collector of the port, not to send out of the province fire arms recently imported.



The History of New York State, Lewis Historical Publishing Company, Inc., 1927

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