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HICKEY, Thomas, conspirator, died in New York city, 27 June, 1776. When General Howe set out from Halifax to attack New York city in June, 1776, Governor Tryon, with the aid of bribes, arranged a conspiracy to blow up the magazine and murder the American generals, or at least to abduct Washington and deliver him to the British. Among 500 persons that were seduced were two of Washington's guard. One of these was Hickey, who was immediately arrested, with a dozen others. He was convicted by the unanimous decision of a court-martial, and hanged in the presence of twenty thousand spectators near the Bowery lane. This was the first military execution in New York.
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