1770An angry mob “disguised as Indians and Negroes” attacked customs official Jesse Saville.People and Communities, Economy and Industry, Maritime & Fishing Industry, African American History

On the evening of March 23, nine men, angry about Saville’s role as an informant on illegal shipping activities, dragged him from his bed in Annisquam and paraded him around the city in a cart. They later tarred him. In 1772, the colonial government sought to punish the mob for assaulting the customs agent but the only person tried was an enslaved man named George, who was stationed on the gallows in Salem with a halter around his neck for an hour before being publicly whipped and imprisoned for two years. Although a scapegoat, he refused to divulge the names of the other men.

Garland, Joseph E. Guns off Gloucester. 1st ed, Essex County Newspapers, 1975. Essex Gazette. March 27, 1770.
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