Maine Historical Society.

Documentary history of the state of Maine .. (Volume 5) online

. (page 11 of 40)
Online LibraryMaine Historical SocietyDocumentary history of the state of Maine .. (Volume 5) → online text (page 11 of 40)
Font size
QR-code for this ebook

separate Board the Rose Frigat lately arrived from New
Inserted. I England dated at Falmouth 8 July 1600./

End:) For/ S^ Edmund Andros/ at The Lord Craven's
in Drewery Lane/ / London. 8^^ July 1690 From
New England./

One hundred English Soldiers, & Friend Indians to be


Ordered that One hundred English Souldiers with what
number of freind Indians can bee procured bee forthwith
raysed for the Strengthning of the Forces in the Eastern
parts, to enable them to make out a body against the comon

IS'* July 1690/

past in the affirmative by y" deputies

Neb. Jewet g Ord"^
Consented to by the Gov"" and Magistrates

Is'' Addington Sec''Y

The One hundred Soldiers to he detached hy their
respective proportions.

Ordered that y^ Major Generall forthwith grant out his
warrants to the Majors of the severall Regiments of Militia
hereafter mentioned for detaching their respective propor-
tions of Souldiers well appointed with armes and amunition
for their Ma"^^ Service, as followeth to make up One hun-
dred men Ordered for the strengthning of the Forces East-
ward (that is to say) Midd'' lower Regiment Seventeen,
Upper Regiment Twelve, Boston Regiment Sixteen, Suf-
folke South Regiment Twenty, Essex South Regiment ffif-


teen Middle Eegiment fBfteen, North Regiment ffive, to
Randezvouz upon Tuesday next the two and twentyeth of
this instant where Each Major shall appoint who is forth-
with to send away his number under some suitable person
unto Newbury and deliver them to Cap"^ Stephen Greeulefe
jun' to be by him conducted or sent unto Piscataqua to be
disposed of by Major Pike Coinauder in Chiefe for the fill-
ing up the severall Company^ there under his Comand not to
be posted in Garrisons.

Past in the affirmative by the Gov"" and Magistrates
17 : July, 1690. Is'' Addington Sec'^

Voted & Consented to by y*" deputies

Neh. Jewet g Ord""/

Order for better strengtlining of the Eastern parts.

For the better Strengthning of the Eastern parts and
Enabling them to make out a moveing body against the

Its Ordered that One hundred Souldiers (over and above
those lately Ordered there) be forthwith provided by de-
tachm* out of the several Regiments of Militia of this
Colony, the North Regiments of Essex and Midd^ excepted
to be sent up thither.

And the Majo"" General to give out his warrants accordingly
pr'' Aug" 1690. Past in the afiirmative

by the Magistrates

//Is'* Addington Sec'y
past by y® Deputies

N. Jewet g order/

Friend Indians to he sent out against the Common Enemy.

Ordered that Lieu' Thomas Swift take Speedy care to
provide Sixty or more of the Friend Indians well furnish'*


with Armes & Amunition to be sent out under a Suitable
CoiTiander ag' the comon Enemy.

Past in the Affirmative by the Magistrates

//Is" Addington Sec'V
Consented to by the Deputies.

Neh : Jewet g ord'/

Ensign Daniel Warner released.

Ensigne Daniell Warner who was sent out to y® East
vnder Cap* Steeuen Greenliffe, his Family being sick this
six weeks desires y* he may be released, y* the Company
being in Garisons his Leiv* w*'^ other superior officers may
take the Care till another be sene needful to be Comis-

past in y® Affirmative (That he be Re-
leased &c) by y*" deputies.

Consent"^ to by the Magistrates.
August pr" 1690./

g order Neh. Jewet/

Is" Addington Sec'*'/

There appearing to be need of some more Souldiers to be
sent to the Eastern parts for enabling them to pursue the
Enemy to their Head-Quarters, It is Ordered that a Letter
be forthwith writ to the Governour and Council of Ply-
mouth for their speedy Assistance with one Hundred Men
furnished with Arms Ammunition and Provisions for two
Moneths time.

Past in the Affirmative by the Magistrates
pr" Aug° 1690. // Is" Addington Sec^

Consented too by y® Deputies

Neh. Jewet p Order/


Letter from Robert Pike

Portsmouth Sept 27, 1690.
may it please your honors

All du Respects fimised may you please to vnderstand
that on thursday night Last our ffleett and Army arived in
this River and yesterday vp at the bank whear the soldiers
went ashore and I supose our poor Captivs of whom I saw
only too objects of great corapasion (being arived wee held
a Councill about w* was next to be don pticulerly whether to
make another trip Estward in psuance of w* was begun it
was generaly concleuded to be very advisibel and our Com-
anders very willing but vpon examinasion of our ability to
pform it we found our selvs by Divin pvidence hedged in
within the Co[ntrary] Imposibility : first because our Indians
posit [ivel}'] will not go againe till, tliay haue ben at hdm
[and besides] ) the small pox haue Carryd away some &
[besides] divers more of them haue ben w**^ the sick so as we
[find them all] infected & not so capibl of being kept any
[longer in] thayer places : & thay being drawn of we [be-
ing small in] number will not be Left to attempt such
[things] because so many of our Soldeers ar almost [use-
less at pre [sent] theres no pspect of any such thing [but
it would haue [been very seasonabl to haue ben a while vis-
[ited] but not to go forwards till we see w* efects our mo-
sions aired [y made will] du and consequently to dismiss the
fleett at [the Bank orders] from your honers (to the Con-
trary) which doubtless [has been] considered what shall be
don with the Army for the resolve of w*^*" wee wayt your
honers pleasure. as also w* sctlment to be made for

the futtur security of the frontier Townes

Itt is the senc of all men present in Council that to Let
any of those Towns bo lost will be intolerably prejudisiall
to the whole Country & dishoneribly reflecting all the woid


21y that to keep them from being Lost will of nescsaty
be to aftbrd them som farther asistanc from the Country till
we see what the Lord will do for vs and them, it is now dis-
corst of ranging our own fronturs to see w* Lurking eniuys
may be mett with all vpon the confines therof and as we
then find shall Inform your honers with humble presentage
on of our then sent of things w^'' in our general Aprehen-
sion is that som strength of men may be Left for the safty
of the places vnder Carfull Condacts & yet not so many
Comision officer to be Constantly there because of saving
charg and pticulerly as to "VVells we hear that thayr Capt is
minded to leaue w'^*' will be very gratefull to the peopl
pvided thay may haue Left Andrews in his room vnder
whose Conduct (thay sa}^) thay"" so very happy & quiet de-
siring nothing more then that he may go off with honer w°''
may be best accomplisht by thayr silenc : as to a farther ac-
compt of our lat expedison refer your honers to the rela-
sions of the Conducter thereof who will sudanly wayt vpon
you not hauing at present to ad but that I am
your honers most humbl servant

Rob* Pike

I receued M'' Adingtons by Maj' Vahan

I supose the Indians takn by our Army w"^'^ ar in number
eight will Com downe to your hon""^ in Capt Alden it is sayd
that plimoth men ar in expectasion of som part in the cap-
tivs by gmise what is of that natur your honers will vnder-
stand from maj"" Church who speakes fayrely viz that they
shalbe Left for redemsion of Captives if that may be don
with them w' ever els be don if they are not so disposed of.

They ar Halliinses Squo. 2 of his children & 2 of her

Hakins is sayd to be Sagemor of pigwoket.

2 of the children of worambo sajjamer of Amiscogin.

child of on of Saco.


May it please your honers by these as also by the [Gentle]
men now com to you will vnderstand that [on receive] ing
your honers Letter on Lords day morning signifying your
pleaser that an Asay shook! [be] mad to the head quarters
before the Army was gone we in psuanc therof met on
Munday following and I declared your pleasurs with w*^**
all wear redy to comply that it came presently to a streiious
indever of accomplishing maj'' Church conceiving that he by
pshasson or compulsion hee shoold make his Indians stay
and the people ofred thayr psonal servic & pul thayr cloths
from thayr backs to suply som of Solders that did want
rather then the design shoold fayle when all came to thear
it was re- appearing 200 the Comanders wear willing to go
solved vpon ^^jj-j^ thosc that coold be had so we went to furnish
the vessells for the design ther was not gvision for the same
but wear forst to give off all at ons & dismist the vessells &
the Army to thayr quarters till your honers plesur be farther
known concerning it shall in the mean time randg the fron-
turs I am forst to break of that the sloop may be gon who
stays for this Lettr maj"" Church & Capt Convers ar now
coming to wayt vpon your honers to whose relasson humbly
refer your honers till my next wayt vpon w'^^ will be forth
with god assisting who am your honers most humbl servtt

R P/

Cap* Floyd to take Gieorge Hastings on hoard his sloop.

To m"" frances Lyford cap' or Comand"" of y" sloop.

You ar in thayr ma*-^'" names required to take abord your
sloop George Hastings who was on of cap' floyds solders
and Run away from him from portmoth to the great Hand
vpon the tenth day of agust Last & from thenc abord the
privatcre at the He of Shols vvth home he remaned till the
29 of Sept last and then arived hear & was aprehended &


kep in hold till now. The sam safly to carry to boston & de-
liver to oiither with this order to the jjovern'' or some other
of the niagists or to their order to be by them Receded with
as thay shall direct.

Dated at portsnioth October y'' 4 : 1090 p me

Robt Pike Asst
Com in chff/

Co7nplaint of Capt Floyd.

the testymony of John ffloyd fifty fore yeers or there
abouts testifieth and sayeth that I being abord the sloop
pellecan John Lambert being Comander at the grayt Island
Just sailing for the Est ward aganst the Enymy the last
Expetion I wanted too of my soldars that was a shore at the
s** Island namly Mathv Loftos and wilyame Edmonds So I
sent the bote a shore for them boot fovnd only the s*^ loftas
the othar came nott boot the s'' loftos when Kam abord 1
askt him whi he ded sarve me so he told me he woold sarve
me woors before he had dvn with me for sayd he I care nott
for yov nor for none and sayd that he hopt that he shoold
wash his hands In my blood and In thoas that ded geve me
my powar with a many other base woord he had Also brok
the barrel of his goon and be caas Iskt him whi he had dvn
so he had Rathar brak his goon then too Kel ani of the En-
imy as i cald them boot Rathar Kel me or any that ded send
me or him ovt : then I told him that he shoold gooe a shore
and thare shoold be a coors taken with him for thoes woords
wich he had spok and so I tvrned him ashore thes wa the 10
day Sept go as witnes my hand

John floyd Capt/

October the : 4 : 90
Sworn at Portsmoth October y^ fifth 1690 before me

Robt. Pike Asset/


Declaration of Silvanus Davis.

The Declaration of Silvanus Davis Inhabitant of the Towne
of fiallmouth in the prouince of Maine in New England Con-
cerning the Cruell Trechory & Barbarous manigment of a
war against the English in the Esteren parts of new eng-
land by the Cruell Indians being as i dout not and as the
sarcomstances will apere set vpon ; theire Bloody desinge
by the french and theire abeattors

Haveing the Liberty of Walking the Towne of quabaqe
& having oppertunity of Conversing with the Gentlmen of
the place many was the Ought Reags & Insulting of the In-
dians vpon the English whilst S' Edinond Androus was
Gouno"" : At north Yarmoth & othr pleaces at the Estward
the In dians Kild sundry Cattell : C( ni in to houses & threat
ned to knoke the peopele on the head and at seureall times
Gave ought Reporte that they wold make war vpon the
English & that thay was animated soe to doe by the freance
the Indians behaving them selvfes soe Insulting Gave Juste
Cause of grat suspetion, in order for the finding ought the
truth & to Indevour the preventing a war one Captt Black-
man a Justice of Peace with soom of the naiborhood of Saco
Riuer seased sevreall Indians that had bin Bloodey murder-
ous Roo^es in the first Indian wars Beini^ the Chefe Rin^e
Leadors & most fitt & Capeble to doe mischif : Said Cap"
Blackman seassed to the number of betwixt 16 & 20 in or-
der for theire examination & to Brinoe in the Rest to a
treaty. Said Blackman soone sent the said Indians with a
gard to fallmouth in Cascoe bay theare to bee secured vntell
orders Coold Com from Boston Concarning them & in the
mene Time the said Indians was well provided with prove-
tions & sutable nessereys. The Rest of the Indians Robd
the English & Took som English preisnors whare vpon post
was sent to Boston S"" Edmund Androus l)eing at New Yorke
the Gentlemen of Boston sent to fallmoth som souldiers for
the Defence of the Country & all soe the worshipfull m""


Stolen with others to treate with the Indians in order for the
setling a peace & Getting in of our English Capttifs as soone
as the s'' Gentlemen arrived at the Estward thay sent away
one of the Indian prisoners to the Rest of the Indians to
sumon them to Bring in the English thay had taken & all
soe that thaire seachems shovld Com in to treat with the
English in order that Juste satisftiction shold bee made on
Both sides : the Gentellmen waishted the Returen of the
Indian mesenger & when he Returned hee Brought answer
that thay woold meete our English at a place Caled moquai-
to & thare thay wold bring in the English Captifs & treate
with the English All though the place apwinted by the
Indians for the meetins^ was som Leags distance from fall-
moth yet our English Gentlemen did Condesend to it in
hopes of Geting in our Captifs & put a stope to farther
Trobles thay dispacht away to the place & Carried the
Indian prisoners withem & staid at the place appoyinted
expectting the Coming of the Indians that had promised a
meetting but thay like false perfideous Roges did not apper
with ought doubte thay had bin Counceld what to doe by
the freanch & theire abetters as the Indians did declare after
wards : & that Thay ware nere the place & soe our English
that was to treat with them : but woold not show them selfs :
but did en devou'^ to take an opertunity to distroy our Eng-
lish that was to treate them : such hath bin & was thaire
Treachory our Gentlemen staid days to waite theire Coming
but seeing thay did not appeer at the place apoyented thay
Returned to fallmoth & Brought the Indian prisnors expect-
ting that the other Indians woold have sent downe som
Reson whie thay did not apere at the place apoyented &
to make soom excuse for them selfs but in sted of any Com-
ployence thay fell vpon North Yarmoth & theare Kild seu-
reall of our English whare vpon the Esteren parts was
Ordred to Get into garisons & to be vpon theire Gard vntill
farder orders from S"" Edmund Androus & that the Indian


prisoners shook! be sent to Boston which was don with Greate
Care not one of them hurt & Care tooke Dayly for them for
provetions when thay arived at Boston the Gentlemen theare
Can Give an accompt of theire vsage but S'' Edmund An-
drous Returning from new yorke hee set them all at Liberty
not soe much as taking Care to Redeme those of our English
for them that was in their hands i had kept one at fallmoth
a priseno'' to bee a gide in to the woods for our English to
tinde ought the bants of our Heathen enemj'^s : But S'' Ed-
nmnd Androus sends an Express to mee that vpon my vt-
most perell I shoold set the said Indian at Liberty & take
Care that all the Arems that was taken from him & all the
Rest of those Cap" Blackman had seesed shoold bee deliured
vp to them with ought any orders to Receve the Like of
ours from them, which was very straing at a gouno^ shoold
hee soe Carless of Ms maj'^^^ subjects & Intrest.

The names of those Indians that was in Custody that S''
Edmund androus Relesed was

Hope hood "I all being Cruell mordrous Rogs in
the Rigors the first Indian wars & soe proued
the Dowys '^all along in this last war, being
& others J often passing throw the Country
vnto the freanch, the Indians dayly making destructtion
v[)on our English, S'' Edmund Androus Raised forsses and
marched throw the Cowntry to the Estward in his march
hee did Rebuche the officers because thay did Get to Geather
into Garisons to defend them selfs how hee raaneged his a
faiers & what meshures hee did take with his instruments to
iinpovrish this country & with other nations to Bringe vs to
our wooden shooes i leave to the Information of those that
tooke a moie perticuler accompt but it pleased God vpon
the happy chainge in England the harts of Gods people was
stvred vp to adventure for the Like chainge amongst vs : &
Arested the Instruments of our missorys takeing the Gouo""-
mcut into theire hands & accordingly did Indevor to theire


power for the defence of the Country against the Common
enemy the Heathen & french whoe Joyned with in Cruell
Barberous manar During our Towns Destroying their maj-
estys subjects with fier & sord & all cruelty Imaginable my
selfe heving Comand of a garrison in fallmoth for the de-
fence of the same a party of french from Canida Joyned
with : a : Company of Indians to the number of betwixt 4
or 500 french & Indians set vpon our forte the 16"* of May
1690 about daing began our fight the 20'^ about 3 Clok after
noone wee ware takn. They fought vs 5 days & 4 nights in
which time thay kild and woonded the Greatest parte of our
men Burned all the howses & att last wee ware forst to have
a perly with : them in order for a surender wee not know-
ing that there was Any french amongst them wee set vp a
flag of truse in order for a parly wee Demand if thare was
any french amongst them & if thay wold Giue vs quarter
thay Answred thay ware french men & that thay woold Giue
vs Good quarter — vpon this Answer wee sent ought to
them againe to know from whence thay Came & if thay
woold Giue vs Good quarter Both for our men wiming &
Children. Both wonded & sound & that wee shoold have
liberty to march to the next English towne & have a gard
for o'' defence. The Chefe of the Indians that Came against
vs was thoes Indians that wee had in hould that S'' Androus
ordred to bee clered & S"" Castene & Madakewando : with
their Ester forses — & safty vuto the next English towne
then wee wold surrender & all soe that the Command of the
french shoold hould vp his hand & sware by the Greate &
ever Living God that the seurell Artecules shuld bee per-
formed all which hee did solomly sware to perforem but as
soone as thay had vs in theire Coustady thay Broke theire
Articcuels sufred our wiming & Children and our men to bee
mad Capttifs in the Hands of the Heathn to bee Cruelley
murdred & Destroyed many of them & espetishal our wonded
men, only the french kept my self & 3 or 4 more & Carried
Doc. Vol. v. 10


vs ouer Land for Canada I did desire the french that seeing:
thay woold make vs Captifs that thay wold Carey vs all for
Canada or keepe vs to Geathr & that I might have the Lib-
erty to send to Boston to the Gouno"^ & Councell in order
that Care might be taken for our Ransom but thay wold not
Heere to any such terems but Tould mee that wee ware all
Rebells and allso Boston aganst our King in that wee had
proclamed Will & Mary King & Queue : & that thay waer
vssarpers to the Crowne & that thay did fight for King
James as Being vnder the procettion of the french Kinge.
The Chefe of the Indians that Came against vs was thoes
Indians that wee had in hould that S"" Androus Ordred to
bee Clered & Sr Castene & Madakewando with their Ester
forses — abought 24 Days wee ware marching throw the
Country for queacke in Kanada by Land & wauter Carring
our Conacs with vs.

The french that tooke vs Came from Canada in febery
Last past Desingnd for the Destructtion of ffallmoth by
order from the Gouno'' there the earle of frentonach the
Comanders name was monsir Burnif his Left* name Monsier
Corte te : march who was at the taking of Senecttade thay
Brought seurall Indians with them from Canada & mad vp
the Rest of there forses as thay marchd throw ^the woods i
had a very hard travell throw the woods for Canada but i
must say thay was kinde to mee in my travells throw the
Country our provetions was very shorte Indian Corn &
acorens Hunger mad it very Good & God Gave it strentgth
to norrish.

I arrived at quabaque the H"" of June 1690 where i was
civilly treated by the Gentery & was soone Carried to the
forte before the Gouno'^ the Earle of ffrontonack he Receved
me sevely and discorsed mee viz.

hee tould mee that ou"^ English at New Yorke was the
Cause of the war in this Country betwixt the french & Eng-
glish, for the Gour' of new Yorke had Hired the New Yorke


Indians to Com over Land tooke & kild theire peopele &
Destroj'd theire Country & thay ware willing to pass it by
Reather then to make a war with the P^nglish but still thay
did Contenew & hh-^d the Indians to Baeren seurell of theire
peopell that thay had Taken which was a most Cruell thinge
for one Christian to doe to an other and that thay woold doe
noe such Crueil practtis i Towld him that New yorke & Bos-
ton was tow distincte Gouourments and that the Gounou"" of
New York must Giue a perteculer accompt to our King for
his acttions and our Gounou"" of Boston must giue a perticu-
ler acc^p* to our King for his Acttions each for him selfe he
said wee ware one nation i tould him it was true but tow
distinct Gouerments all soe i tould him that the Last Indian
war wee had a frindly Conuerse with the french & for ought
i know it might have bin soe still had not thay Joynd with
the Indians & Com over to our Country destroying our Towns
& peopell & that the Gouno*" of Boston had only Raised
forses to defend theire majestys subjects &. Intrest aganst the
Heathn was and had not moued ouirht of oure B but

beeing forst theare vnto by theire Joyning with the Indians
for the destruction of our Country.

Hee said wee ware all Rebells against our King in pro-
claming the prince of Orring to bee our King & hee was but
an Vserper & that King James was our King & the Kinge of
france was his procettor in breefe thay tould me if the Gon-
erment had not bin Chainged & that S' Ednmnd Androus
had Contenued go"" whee shoold have had noe wars betwixt
vs : but wee shoold have bin all as one people —

which i doe beleve there was a papist desinge against the
prodestant Intrest in New England as in other parts of the

I Tould him : that the Condetion was with vs viz wee
ware only vpon our Gard in our owe towns : for the defence
of our wifs & Child : our Countery & that Littell Estate that
God had Given vs aganst a heathen Barbarous enemy & that


thay had Joynd with them & i said thay ware Like Robbers
that meets with honest men vpon the High way who fight to
save thaire mony & when thay are not able to Defend them
selfs any Longer thay Bag for quarter & ghidly deliuer their
purse to preserue theire Lifes which is promised but as soone
as the purse is delinerd the Robbers Cut the poor mens
throts is our Condetion for wee war promised Good quarter
& a gard to Conduct vs to or English but now wee are mad
Capttifl's slafs & prisnors in the Hands of the Heathen.

I thoucfht I had to doe with Christians That woold have
bin Carfull of there Ingagements & not to violate & Brake
theire Oaths — whare vpon the Gouno"" shaked his head & as
i was towld was very Angrey with Burnife.

The gouno"" Bed mee bee Corrago for i shoold be vsd well
i thankd and tould him i did not valie for my selfe but did
greeve for the Rest of the Captifs that was in the hands of
the Indians he said he wold take Care that all that was takn
with mee shoold be got ought of the hands of the Indians
for thay did Loocke vpon vs vnder an other surcomstance

Online LibraryMaine Historical SocietyDocumentary history of the state of Maine .. (Volume 5) → online text (page 11 of 40)