PROFESSOR, PREACHER, PATRIOT, PHYSICIAN
LEWESTOWN ON DELAWARE
It is 1778, three years into the American Revolution, Sussex county Delaware was in the midst of control by Tories, those loyal to the British Crown, and Wilson, the pastor of the Lewes Presbyterian Church on Kings Way, also a local prominent physician, a Whig Party Member who was a leader of the Tea Tax boycott, has rallied the residents of Lewes and the coastal region, with the help of Henry fisher, and William Perry, to the Patriot's cause. In July 1778 Wilson made it known to Colonial leaders of Philadelphia of two drastic courses of action. The first plan was to divide the State of Delaware between Pennsylvania and Maryland, and, if that did not happen, to ban all Tories from holding public offices in the state for a long period of time.
Wilson also presented a clandestine effort to identify Tory office holders in Delaware by using already arrested Tories to ferret them out. He advocated to pardon some Tory or two on condition they become a true witness against the rest. On of those who was suggested was James Cooper from Sussex. It is not know if Wilson advice was followed, but the Tories in Sussex began to wane.
Source: Michael Morgan Collection, Delaware Diary, Delaware Coast News.