Chapter 10. Plainfield, NH 1779-1797 - Recollections of An Old Soldier - the Life of Captain David Perry (1741-1826)

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Revolutionary soldier by A. Chappel

(Chapter Ten Inclusive.)  

Chapter X
Plainfield 1779-1797.
Selectman and Militia Service. 
Rank: Captain. 
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Is there is history extant giving account of the principal events of the whole war, I will confine myself merely to an account of my domestic concerns.  Nothing material with regard to them took place, until the month of March, in the year 1779, when I left Connecticut, and moved into Plainfield,• New Hampshire.•                                                                            


I lived in that town eighteen years. The inhabitants of this part of the country were not much distressed after I moved here; for Burgoyne was taken,• and that pretty much stopped the enemy's progress to the northward, except a party that came and burnt• Royalton (that being a frontier town in those days,) and went off again without much opposition.


Vermont• was not at that time recognized as a state. New-York harassed them on one side, and New-Hampshire on the other. Finally, what was formerly called the N. HampshireGrants• that is, three tier of towns on the east side of Connecticut River, joined with Vermont, in order to help her obtain her state privileges.  They at last agreed to give N. York thirty thousand dollars to relinquish their claim, and by that means Vermont obtained of Congress an admission into the union, on an equal footing with the original states.


In 1783,• peace• was declared• between Great Britain and the United States, and the army was disbanded and returned home to their friends, without anything• for their toils and sacrifices, but the consciousness of having "fought a good fight," and having won an invaluable inheritance for their posterity. The states laid heavy taxes, in order to defray their individual expenses in carrying on the war, which were burthensome to the people. But they finally paid into the state treasuries enough to redeem the paper they had issued, to pay the soldiers their bounty, which is more than could be said of the National Government, until after the poor soldiers had disposed of their hard-earnings for a tenth or twentieth part of its nominal value.  


In 1785, I took a Captain's commission in the N. H. militia, signed by Meshick Ware,• President; (for at that time there was no governor) and served eight years. I also served nine years as Selectman of Plainfield.

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