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HEWLETT, Richard, soldier, born in Hempstead, New York, about 1712; died near Gagetown, New Brunswick, in 1789. He was a captain in the French war of 1757-'9, and participated in the capture of Fort Frontenac. During the Revolution he was an active loyalist, and received from the " Asia," a British man-of-war, a great quantity of firearms and cannon, secreting them on his premises. So obnoxious was his course to the colonists that General Henry Lee issued an order that "Richard Hewlett should have no conditions offered him, but must be secured without ceremony." When De Lancey's corps was raised, he was appointed lieutenant-colonel of the 3d battalion, and in 1777 commanded the garrison of 260 men at Setauket, L. I., when it was attacked by General Parsons, who demanded its surrender. Hewlett asked his soldiers whether he must submit, and, receiving the response "No," exclaimed:" I will stick to you then as long as there's a man left." After a cannonade of three hours, the patriots retreated. Hewlett received mention in the general orders that were issued after the affair. He also commanded the 130 Tories who came from the west end of Long Island, and pillaged the citizens of Southhold, Oyster Pond, in 1778. At the close of the war he was retired on half pay, removed to St. Johns, N. B., and became a grantee of the town, and its mayor.--His son, Thomas, was a captain in the New York loyal volunteers, and was killed 1780 at Hanging Rock, North Carolina, while looking out of a block-house "to see what the rebels were about."
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