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ORDER OF THE COURT OF CONFISCATION.
NORWICH, May 1, 1778.
By the Governor and Council of the State of Vermont.
THE Court appointed to confiscate and make sale of the estates of suck persons as are gone, and have been to the enemy, having attended to that business, and advised all persons concerned to appear and shew cause, if any they had, why the estates hereafter named, should not be confiscated to the use of this State ;-and whereas no reasons do appear, and on the contrary, evidences appearing which clearly set forth their criminality :Therefore,
In consequence of the depositions, and also, by our own knowledge of many circumstances concurring therewith, whereby it appears to this court that the estates of ought to be, and they hereby are, confiscated to the use of this State ;-and we do accordingly appoint, and authorise Ensign Hosford, and Samuel Smith, commissioners to make sale of said estates, (except so much as is hereafter excepted) and audit the accounts which may be brought against the several estates, under the direction of the judge of probate of the district.in which said estates lie; who is hereby directed to make return, both of the money received and accounts exhibited, to the Council of said State, under oath of office; and to administer the oath of office to the said commissioners; and either of said commissioners are hereby empowered to administer oaths to any person who shall offer said accounts for settlement; and also to give deeds in behalf of this State, to the purchasers of said forfeited estates. The estates to be excepted, are, first, the hundred acre lot on which now lives; and, secondly, the hundred acre lot now in the possession of the wife of
And the judge of probate, together with the said commissioners, are hereby authorised to grant relief to any person or persons, suffering on account of the above forfeitures, as they, in their wisdom, shall see fit. By order of Court,
PAUL SPOONER, Clerk.
WRIT OF SEIZIN.
STATE OF VERMONT-Bennington ss., Arlington, June 9, 1780. To the Sheriff of the County of Bennington:
Agreable to a resolution of the Court of Confiscation, you are here by commanded to dispossess the persons who are in possession of the farm formerly the property of the Reverend -, who has joined
the enemy, and whose estate has been confiscated to the use of this State; which farm lies in Pownal, and was sold by John Burnham, Jun. com
Here follow the names of sixteen persons, which we have omitted, for the reason suggested in note, page 355,
missioner for sale of lands, to Daniel Story; and you are, if need be, to take to your assistance the posse commitatus, to put said Story in possession of said farm. Of this writ and your doings hereon make due return. Given under my hand, per order of the Court.
M. LYON, Clerk of the Court of Confiscation.
On the foregoing writ, appears the following endorsement.
Bennington, June 21, 1780. Then personally served the within writ by dispossessing Withrel Wittum and Mallaca Wittum, and put Daniel Story in possession, according as the within writ directs, and left a trew attested coppy with the said Wittums.
BENJAMIN FAY, Sheriff.
ETHAN ALLEN'S COMPLAINT.*
BENNINGTON COUNTY, SS.-Arlington, 9th of January, 1779. To the Honorable the Court of Confiscation, comes Col. Ethan Allen, in the name of the freemen of this State, and complaint makes that Levi Allen, late of Salisbury, in Connecticut, is of Torey principles, and holds in fee, sundry tracts and parcells of land in this State. The said Levi has been detected in endeavouring to supply the enemy on Long Island, and in attempting to circulate counterfeit continential currency, and is guilty of holding treasonable corrispondence with the enemy, under cover of doing favours to me, when a prisoner at New-York, and Long Island ;— and in talking, and useing influence in favour of the enemy, associateing with inimical persons to this country, and with them monopolizing the necessaries of life, in endeavoring to lessen the credit of the continential currency, and in particular, hath exerted himself in the most falacious manner, to injure the property and character of some of the most zealous friends to the independency of the United States, and of this State likewise; all which inimical conduct is against the peace and dignity of the freemen of this State: I therefore pray the Honorable Court to take the matter under their consideration, and make confiscation of the estate of said Levi before mentioned, according to the laws and customs of this State in such case made and provided.
A literal copy of the original, in the hand writing of Ethan Allen. + Levi Allen was a brother of the complainant!
LIST OF GOVERNORS OF VERMONT,
FROM THE YEAR 1778, TO THE YEAR 1822.
Names of Governors.
Expiration of Service. October, 1789,
LIST OF JUDGES OF THE SUPREME COURT,
FROM THE YEAR 1778 TO THE YEAR 1822.
Elected October, 1778.
MOSES ROBINSON, John Shepardson, John Fassett, jun. Thomas Chandler, John Throop. October, 1779. MOSES ROBINSON, John Shepardson, John Fassett, jun. John Throop, Paul Spooner. October, 1780. MOSES ROBINSON, Paul Spooner, John Fassett, jun. Increase Moseley, John Throop. October, 1781. ELISHA PAYNE, Moses Robinson, John Fassett, jun. Bezaleel Woodward, Joseph Caldwell.
October, 1782 MOSES ROBINSON, Paul Spooner, Jonas Fay, John Fassett, Peter Olcutt.
October, 1785. MOSES ROBINSON, Paul Spooner, Nathaniel Niles, John Fassett, Thomas Porter,
October, 1786. MOSES ROBINSON, Paul Spooner, Nathaniel Niles, Nathaniel Chipman, Luke Knowlton. October, 1787. MOSES ROBINSON, Nathaniel Niles, Paul Spooner. October, 1788. MOSES ROBINSON, Paul Spooner, Stephen R. Bradley. Oct. 1789 & 1790. NATHANIEL CHIPMAN, Noah Smith,
Oct. 1791, 92, & 93.
Oct. 1794 & 95.
From the foregoing, it appears that forty-five elections of a Supreme Court in Vermont, have placed upon the bench forty different individuals! Of these,
Royal Tyler has received
Moses Robinson and Theophilus Herrington, each,
Nathaniel Niles, Samuel Knight, David Fay and
John Throop, Peter Olcutt, Thomas Porter and Elijah
John Shepardson, Stephen Jacob, Jonas Galusha,
Of the forty-four elections of a supreme court which have taken place since the lapse of the first year, twenty-five have resulted in a change of some of its members; and the longest period that the court has remained without such change, has been four years!
LIST OF SENATORS,
IN THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES,
FROM THE STATE OF VERMONT.
JONA. ROBINSON, for six years,
ISAAC TICHENOR, Moses Robinson, resigned,
JONA. ROBINSON, I. Smith, resigned,
Elected October, 1791
STEPHEN R. BRADLEY,
E. Paine, resigned,
STEPHEN R. BRADLEY, for six years,
JAMES FISK, D. Chace, resigned,
STEPHEN R. BRADLEY, S for the unexpired term of
WM. A. PALMER, of J. Fisk, resigned,
S for the unexpired term
WM. A. PALMER, for six years,
The dates in the 2d and 3d columns indicate the commencement and close of the ressions in which the veral members commenced and closed their services.