Yorkers and their supporters were not tolerated. As tensions increased in 1774 and 1775 they were intimidated, taunted, and humiliated.
Even Dr. Samuel Adams, a wealthy owner of New Hampshire Grants, wasn’t spared. He was first warned not to speak sympathetically of the Yorkers’ cause or against the violence committed by the Green Mountain Boys. When he didn’t stop, he was dragged to the Catamount Tavern and put on trial. His sentence was to be tied to a chair and hung from the tavern’s signpost, where he was ridiculed for several hours.
His treatment seems mild compared to Benjamin Hough, a Yorker who was jailed for a week, then tied to a tree, whipped 200 times, and finally banished from the Grants.
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