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S History I 16 February, 2012 New York Burning Dear diary, I recently learned of an intriguing story. In 1741 there was an alleged conspiracy that a group of slaves in New York banded together and plotted to murder their masters and burn the city. The account is given by Daniel Horsmanden gives the account of the plot of the negro slaves, but how much of that is gust his prejudice influence of the story? I have decided to do an in depth study of the event in New York, 1741.
Dear diary, Today, while browsing through the New York weekly journal archives, I found my first bits of information on the setting of the story. The entries from January and February tell of the extreme conditions of that particular winter in New York. The bay was coated in ice so thick that it carried a boat full of passengers away, and imprisoned many others in it's cold grip. Other accounts tell of servants and slaves effected by the cold. One man's slave's feet were frozen, and so his female servant had to put on men's clothes and boots to help fetch fire wood. While another man's female slave lost all hope in the cold and left her young baby out in the snow until it died. Rumors drifted up from South Carolina that the slaves there had revolted and burned the city to the ground, but it was later confirmed that it was only a rumor. Owners were wary of their slaves revolting. Was it the cold, that drove the slaves to the point of plotting, or something more?(1)
was set ablaze. which may have led to several diseases. the plot thickens. and the snows so deep. I was reading back through Horsmanden's account. I have found many interesting things about the theater in broad way. Horsmanden's life. Ice. (2-6) Dear diary. The mansion inside the fort. Dear diary. (17) Dear diary. I think I shall call the first chapter in the book I am writing about the event. and could not break himself of the habit. The play that was playing that winter was quite a mirror image of mr. and certainly let to his late marriage and lack of children. The flames were already so high by the time the alarms were . the winter of 1741 was so bitterly cold. that all in New York suffered. despite the bitterness of the weather. It appears that the plot was originally schemed to kill the rich in the city to give their wealth to the poor. as well as letters from a man name Clark to the lords of trade. and the plume of smoke was not noticed until one o'clock.McCoy 2 Dear diary. The show was about poor men pretending to be rich to marry rich women to save them from their woes. as they say. which was at that time playing a show. This was contrived of course by the poor because of the enormous gaps between the classes. I have found Letters between Horsmanden and Byrd describing their lives together in England. An Irish prostitute and a slave both testify to this. It appears Horsmanen was a frequent user of cheep prostitutes. Both accounts tell of the burning of Fort James. What part does he have to play in this story? (7) Dear diary. A number of books on the time period have shed a little light on the story.
I get lost in the volumes of old documents. people started to get suspicions. I can not help but find many little. . Perhaps the news of these uprisings of the past gave the Negros the courage and boldness to attempt an uprising. but interesting stories and events going on throughout New York at the time of the burnings. On March 23. but after three Wednesdays and three fires. I have found that I spend all my time in the Library these past few weeks. While looking through the numerous records in the Library. a group of slaves gathered weapons and set fire to a building and killed any whites they saw fleeing. Dear diary. and people had to make the best of what happened.(ch 2: 13) Dear diary. (Ch 2: 21) Dear diary.McCoy 3 sounded that there was no time to bring fire engines to try to put it out. I found entries and papers listing fires all throughout the city. They were captured the next day by soldiers sent to find them. I am seeing connections between uprisings earlier in the 1700s.2: 3) Dear diary. (ch. and all thought to be started be negro slaves. It was at first thought to be an accident. The fire at the fort was only the beginning. The second chapter of my book shall be entitled Fire. trying to find all the pieces to this fascinating story. But Certainly It made the white people of new york increasingly suspicious and afraid of the slaves. though that was not easy if you were one of the slaves. I suppose life had to go on. as I conduct my research on the main event.
He saw the opportunity in the slave plot case to make a name for himself and further his career by choosing a political side. He is quite pompous. every moment I find new leads makes the pain worthwhile. The New York Gazette certainly covered the story. and guess how they might have sounded. and the MCC. supplied by the SCJ. even if they were guilty of the crime. Harvard Law school was so generous as to let me use a painting of Mr. . my eyes ache from the long hours pouring over manuscripts. (ch 3: 16) Dear diary.McCoy 4 Dear diary. himself. The use of “media” as a tool for persuasion begins to appear in this case. Dear diary. but more importantly. (ch 3: 1) Dear diary. Horsemanden. I love it when I can find portraits of the subjects I am studying. journals. The trial seems to me to be unfair and advantageously set against the slaves from the beginning. he had the power to sway the people of new york any way he wanted. and the courthouse in my research. is one of the judges presiding over the plot case. I learned a great deal about the construction of the jail. even though he can not afford it. Horsmanden was a clever man. letters and books. He made the investigation so that it would be led by the supreme court judges. but my resolve is strong. it brings the story to life when I can Imagine exactly wheat the person looked like. (ch 3: 39) Dear diary. Horsmanden. and acted. for what good news paper would not want to write about a plot to murder and burn? Because the author of the Gazette could publish his opinion.
The chapter discussing this shall be called Water. I am moving on from Paper until I can find more information on the events. I find the idea barbaric and quite disgusting. Dear diary. (Ch 6: 2) . evidence piled um against Comfort was not entirely his fault. all the slaves in the city went to his well to pump water for their masters. But I must not lose my focus on the primary subject. or has gone missing over time. but I suppose it would deter crime to see such ghastly horrors. but it has all been destroyed. He could not prove his innocence because of the well he created that had the best water in the city. The accounts of the bodies of Hughson and Caesar are rather grotesque. Dear diary. I have concluded in my research thus far. I must continue on to where the information continues and hope that my best guesses are close to the actual events. Dear diary. Dear diary. I can not help but write of them. Thus the possibility of the slaves congregating to scheme there is entirely probable. Because of that fact. that the information not as well known is in fact much more interesting to me. I must try to contain my frustration at the lack of information that exists about the court proceedings. The third chapter I have decided to entitle Stone.McCoy 5 Dear Diary. They were executed on a small island. every letter and journal. People gathered to observe the bodies which had apparently switched colors. How I long to know the events that transpired in the courthouse. and left to rot. I have looked through every newspaper.
The source. The court found over ten slaves guilty and executed ll of them. I think I shall call this chapter Blood. Will was taken to the island and hung by the corpses of Hughson and Caesar. (Ch 7: 2) Dear diary. was Mary Burton. to the pleasure of Horsmanden. because people can now know the story in it's truest possible form. Othello would be the last to be executed. The frustration when information is missing. the traveling to find different sources. I conclude this section by saying that every moment of my research has payed off.Jill Lepore . A plot to put down the possibility of an uprising by creating a plot of uprising. I have included in my book a list of all the materials I used in my research. who had been pressured by both sides to lie. (ch 6: 8) Dear diary. One of them. The last chapter: Ink. The whole plot was a fabrication from the beginning. The endless hours in the Library.McCoy 6 Dear diary. burning several and hanging the rest. It fascinates me to no end. . all worth it to me.