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Captain John Higginson and Captain Stephen Sewall for
the County of Essex, be two distinct Committees, to hear
the Petitions and consider the circumstances of all such
Souldiers and Seamen Sent forth by order of this Governm'
as have been wounded Sick or Maimed in their Ma"^^ Ser-
vice in the present Warr with the ffrench and Indians and
what is meet to be allowed unto Each of said persons by the
publick, And to make Report of their doings herein unto
this Court or to the Gov"" and Council. The said Committees
respectively to make known the place and time of their
Meetino; for that end.

Voted in y*' affirmatiue by y® Deputies

11" ffeb^y, 1690/. Dudley Bradstreet g ord""/

Consent'' to by the Gov"" and assistants

Is* Addington Sec'"-Y

Doc. Vol. v. 12


Petition of Silvanus Davis.

To the Honourable Gouerno'' and Councill of the matthathu-
sets Collany in Boston : The petetion of Silvanus Davis
Hvmbly Sheweth —

That whare as your petesino*" preferd a petetion to your
Honour's Barring Date Desember 1"" 1690: humbly Craving
your Honou'"s Considerration what to allow your Svpplicant
for his time that hee have sarved the Country in theire maj-
estys Sarvis : then your Honou''s was pleesed to allow your
Supplicant for his present nessesety for his Relefe £ 30"
Now = your supplicant humbly Craves that your Honours
woold Consider his mene Condetion & to order him what
more your Honou''s see meete to alow him for his severall
Sarvisses that thare by hee may bee Capable to take soora
imploy to Get an Honnest Liuelyhood = & your petetino""
as in Duty Bownd shall Ever pray
ffeb'-20''': 1697^:

Jan. 27. 16^
The Testemonyes of William & iVLuy Denison of Milton
Concerning Abraham Collinse his Deserting his child.

William Denison aged Sixtie years or thereabout and
Mary Denison aged tiftie four years or thereabout Testifyeth
and saith that on the twentie fifth day of June last past or
about that time that one Abraham Collinse was at our hous
and John Kinsley and his wife came to our hous and Deliu-
ered his child to him and desired vs both to take notice that
thay did then Deliuer said Child to him but said Collinse
seemed to take little Notice of it and after a short time said
Collinse Rose vp & went out into the high way and the said
Kinsleys wife took up said Child and went in to the high
way and cndcuoured to put him in to his amies but he shaked


hir off & the child & so he Ran away and left s'' Child in the
highway this we can testify vpon oath if called therevnto.

William Denison
Mary Denison/

To the Constable of Milton/

You are req'^'^ in their Ma"" Names to warne the Select-
men of your Towne or some one of them to appeare at the
Adjouinm' of the County Court for Suffolk held at Boston
on 27"^ instant at one of the clock to give a reason why
they do not afford maintenance to an infant child of Abra-
ham Collins's an Easterne man, who (as it is said) left his
child in the High way in yo"" Towne, and is now at the charge
of Jn° Kinsley of your towne, and you are likewise to
Signify to s'' John Kinsley to appeare at same time makeing
returne of your doings herein under yo"" hand at or before
the time.
Dated in Boston ffebruary 24'^ 169Vi

Annoqi) 31^ et Regina Guilielmi

et Maria, Anglia &c Tertio

// g Curiam Joseph Webb Cler./

I haue Sumoned Cap*" Thomas Vose one of the Select
men of Milton And John Kinsley to attend the Court accord-
ing to the Teannour of this within written warrant this
26 Phebry 1690,

g John Man Constable./

Order, in answer to the petition of Lieut James Weems.

Court at Whitehall y« 26 of Feb'-y 1690
By y« L"' of their Maj"«' Most Hono^'"^ Privy Councill.

The humble Petition of Lieu' James Weems beino" this
day read at y' Board praying y' y^ Agents of N. E. who are


now in towne & two of them Principal Members of y*
Gour"' y' promised to pay y*^ Petitione'' & his Company who
had y" Coiuand of their Maj"*^' Frontier Garrison of Peme-
quid may be Ordered to satisfy y^ Petition"" his Pay & Dis-
bursem'' in y* service amounting to 172" 6:2*^ It was Or-
dered by their L^'pp' y' a coppy of y'^ s^ Petitio be delivered
to y^ s*^ Agents who are to Returne their Answers in writing
to this Board on Thursday next whervpon such further Or-
der will be given as shall be fitt.

John Nicholas/
Copia vera Exam**
P Ri Hopkins/

Petition of Lieut. James Weems.

To y" Queens Most Excellent Ma"" & to y« R' Hon'"^ y« L<"

of her Maj"*^^ Most Hon"' Privy Counciil
the humble Petio of L' Ja : Weems

Sheweth That yo"" Petition"" was L* to one of yo*" Ma"«*
Companies of ffoot in N. E. under y* Govrn* of S"" E. An-
dros & had a Coiuand of y"" Ma"*^^ ffrontier Garrison of Pem-
aquid where was leaft 30 of y'^ souldiers belonging to y®
standing forces & two new raysed Companies sufficient for
y** defence of y*^ place — that y*^ people of Boston w" they
assumed y' Govcrm* drew off y® s'^ two Companies & leaft y^
Petition"" only with 30 of y"" Ma^''^^ souldiers, notwithstanding
ye g^.t (j-inger they were dayly threatned by y® ffr. & Indians,

That yo"" Pef vpon y" News of y"" M. happy accessio to y"
Crown caused iiTiediately Proclamatio y'" of to be made &
continued y* CoiTiand of y" s'' Garrison for y^ Maj"*^^ service
and fro time to time advised y® Governm* of N. E. of y*
state of affaires y"" & y"^ y"" Maj""^ Interest & Subjects w*^ in
all likel^diood be lost without a supply of men w*"'" they
promised to send with other necessaries, &, also desired s**


Pef to continue his care of y* Garrison for w"** y^' promised
to pay him & his Comp*^ as y^ K. had formerly p*^ y'" In
expectatio of w''*' y'' Pef stayd y"" 4. m" but had no Rclieflf
sent him And at length was vigorously assaulted by a gr*
number of Ind : & ftr.. & all his men killed to 7 himselfe
blowne vp & disrobd loosing all he had in y" world to y®
vallue of 200" & after Capitulatio came to Boston w*" instead
of being payd or rewarded for his service he was wholly
slighted & y^ small remnant of his men were forced to beg
in y^ streets for Relief.

And for as much as y® Agents of N. E. are now here two
of whom were Principal members of y' Gouernm' who prom-
ised to pay y^ Pef & Companie as afores^ & haue sufficient
Effects of y' Governm*' in their hands yo'' Pef being now in
y"^ Maj'^ service & wanting his Pay for y* further equipping
of him for y' purpose In a most humble manner prays y*^ y""
sacred Maj''* Avill be graciously pleased to grant yo"" Order
to y^ s*^ Agents for y® paying of yo"" Pef his Pay & Dis-
bursm'^ amounting in all to y* suilie of 172" : 6' : 10'^

Vera Copia Exam*^ And yo"" Petif &c./

g Hi : Hopkins/

Answer of the Agents of Massachusetts to the Petition of

James Weems.

To the R' Hou'^'« the Lords of theire Ma*^ most Hon'^'^ Privy

The Answer of the Agents of the Governor Council, and
Representatives of the Colony of the Massachusetts Bay in
New England on the Peticon of Leift James Weems./

These Respond'^ with all humility doe lay before your
Lopp* That the Authority to them given by the said Gover-
nor, Council, and representatives is onely to bee humble


Suitors to theire Ma*^ for the obteyneing a Grant of theire
former franchises, and Priviledges, and to use theire lawfull
endeavours to Justify the proceedings of the said Colony in
rehition to the late Revolution. And therefore in case the
matters alleadged in the said Petition or any of them were
admitted to bee truely represented to your Lop% (as these
Respondents are well assured they are not yet these Re-
spond'^ doe humbly apprehend that they cannot Justify the
payment of any money to the Pef

All which is humbly Submitted
to yo*^ Lopp^

Answer of the Agents.

To the R* Hon"!^ the Lords of their Ma"«^ most Hon"'^ Privy

The Answer of the Agents of the Govern'" Councill and
Representatives of the Colony of the Massachusetts Bay in
New England (as far forth as they are any waies Concerned)
to the Peticon of Lift* James Weemes.

These Respondents with all humility doe lay before Yo'
LordP^ that they are only Imployed and Entrusted by and on
the behalfe of y** said Govern"" Councill and Representatives
and for noe other part of New England And that the Au-
thority and Trust that they have Received is only to be
humble Suitors to their Maj"®' for the obteyning a Grant and
Restitution of their former ffranchises and Privilesres and to
Use their lawfull Endeavors To Justifie the proceedings of
the said Colony in Relacon to the late Revolution there And
these Respond'' S"" Henry Ashurst and Increase Mather doe
Say that Neither of them was in New England dureing the
transactions in the Petiticon menconed and Know nothing


And the other Respond^ Elisha Cooke and Thomas Oakes
doe not Know that the Fort of PeSiaquid was soe distressed
or taken by reason of such defect or in such manner of the
Peticon setts forth and doe Apprehend that the Governra' of
said Colony cann make it appeare that the Pef hath not
truely Represented matters in his Peticon And none of these
Respond^' Know that the 172": 06^; 10'*: in the Peticon
menconed or any part thereof is due or unpaid to the Pef
And if anything be due and unpaid to him They humbly
Conceive that had he Stayd upon the place or shall make
applicacon to that Governm* that he might or will receive
his Due : however these Respond'' Denye that they were or
anywies Entrusted or had or have any Authority from or
Effects of the said Government in their hands or power to
pay the Pef^ his Demands or any part thereof: And humbly
hope they Cannot be thought lyable or Shall be any waies
Compelled to pay the Same.

March 18*" 1690 Hen. A ( )


Letter from Grov. Bradstreet

Right Hono'''*

May it please your Lords^p
We haue dispatched this Express with the duplicates of
our Addresses and letters about Six weeks sence by the
hands of our Agents (who we hope are safely arrived) and
farther to lay before their Majesties the present state and
condition of their Colony's and plantations in these parts,
being annoyed and infested with both ffrench and Indian
Enemys, the first (tho formerly more Secret in the animat-
ing and supplying the Indians against Majesties Subjects)
have of late openly appeared and joyned to their Assistance
in the Actual assaulting and desolating some more remote
Villages and Plantations of the English, as Schenectady


upon Hudsons River about Twenty Miles above Albany,
and Salmon fiills a Plantation upon a branch of Piscataqua
River (altho the losse of both must principally be attributed
to their own deadly Security and treachery of the Enemy
(The Enemy having killed and captivated at both places 150
thereabouts men women and Children. We have not been
wanting on our part to doe our utmost to Intend the safety
and preservaton of the whole of their Maj'*''^ Interest and
had men in Garrison at both places sufficient with their own
Inhabitants to have repelled the force of the Enemy. We
are certainly informed by Examination of some ffrench Pris-
oners lately brought in that the ffrench from Canada have
five or six hundred joyned with the Indians in severall par-
tys towards this Country Eastward and Westward which
hath necessitated our consideration of the most effectual
means to resist and repell the further Attack of that Violant
and restlesse Enemy ; And together with the enforcing of
our ffrontiers, exciting of the Maqua's and other Indians in-
gaged with us to Alarme and molest the Enemy by Land)
have resolved upon an Expedition against them by Sea to
Port Royal and other places adjacent, where they have taken
severall of our fishing Vessells : and are setting forward the
same under the condut of S"^ William Phips. It being the
general opinion of the whole Countrey that there is no ex-
pectation of the putting an Issue to the Indian Warr ; nor
will their Majesties Subjects here ever live in Peace ; but by
the dislodging and removal of those ill neighbours the ffrench ;
their Increase and Strengthening themselves in these parts
being judged utterly inconsistent with the interest of the
Crowne of England. God succeeding this present Attempt
it will greatly encourage to an Attack upon Canada ; if his
Ma*y be pleased to countenance the same, and to afford some
Assistance of Shipping with a Speedy Supply of Amunition
of which we are in great Want, and can hardly spare suffi-
cient to furnish the present Expedition.


We have been humbly bold to supplicate his Majesty to
Order a sui)ply of Arras and Amunition for us. And that
this small Vessel cheifly sent on that Occasion may be per-
mitted speedily to returne that we may not be unprovided
for our Necessary defence and to resist the Assault of the
Enemy —
Right Hono^'^

We humbl}^ pray the Hon'" and advantage of your LordsfP*
favourable Representation of the premises on our behalfe
unto his Majesty, and your Lordspp^ assistance and further-
ance of our Agents ; whome we have directed to wait upon
his Majesty on occasion of this and other our Publick Af-
faires : Praying for your Lord pp' Prosperity
Boston 20 March 1690. We subscribe

R' Hon"'"
Y"" Lordspps sincerly devoted and
most humble Ser'''*

S. Bradstreet Gov"" in the name
of the Council 1/

Letter to Gov^ H. Sloughter of New York.

JjQ^oble gr

I was glad by the Receipt of yo" of the 20"" Instant to
understand you were safely arrived, And am heartily greived
to hear of the Mischief hapning at New Yorke just before.
Not doubting but such Measures have been since taken by
yo"" prudent Conduct, as have ere this disposed the Afi'aires
of that Citty in a perfect Settlement.

Rendring you thanks for the kind expression of your In-
tentions to maintaine a good Understanding at all times, and
joint defence in the present War with the ffreuch to which
shall willingly contribute my utmost. I have nothing at


present worthy yo"" Remarke ; It having pleased God for
severall months now past to give us quiet from the Annoy-
ance of the Enemy both ifrench and Indians ; the Indians
some time since soUicited a Peace and seem still desirous of
the same, a Truce was agreed upon until the first of May
next and possibly there may be a Consent to enlarge the
time thereof, but they are so perfidious a People, and have
so basely began a Warr, and barbarously murthered the
English, that it will be hard for them to ofier such Terms of
peace as may be just and bono*"'® to accept of, besides
Confidence to be reposed in their promises that it is neces-
sary notwithstanding to make suitable provision for our
defence ag' any Invasion by the ffrench ; which I shall stren-
uously Intend.

I shall take care to Answer yo'' desire in the stay of the
Ships bound for London, during the time proposed. And as
any thing shall Occur for their Maj"®^ service shall give
advice thereof.

Boston. March 30'^ 1691 S^ Yo^ humble Servant./

Letter^ Sam' Wheelwright, John Littlefield & Joseph
Storer to the Gouernor' and Council.

To y" hon^"^ Govern^ & Councill Wells Aprill : 7"^ 91. )>.
The unexpected comeing in of y® Indians, (w"^** was this
day ;) is y^ occasion of these Lines ; judging it meet y' your
Hon" should be acquainted with it. their number was 6 ; 5
men & one youth ; their pouder was spent, y"" fore they
came in so soon, they say they haue not been near nor seen
any Indians since they were in last, they say y' tenn dayes
hence they will be in againe, expecting to speak with Cap*
Conuerse ; & after y' time, to haue y® next treaty at Casco,
with trading, haueing (as they say;) much Moose, Beauer,
Dear Skinns ; &c : viz ; y*" Kennebeck Indians, their speach


& carriage y® same as formerly, but we are not without our
fears, y'fore humbly crave yo'' Hon" to be mindfull of us,
desireing y' Cap' Conuerse may be with us within y^ tenn
dayes. Sam" Wheelwright

John Littlefeild
Joseph Storer/

^^ Letter to Gov. NichoUon of Virginia."

Hono*'i« S*"

I have yo""' of the 11"' of March Ult. before me wherein
you are pleased to Remarke unto me the Hon"" done you by
their sacred Maj"'^^ in appointing you their Maj"^* L' Gov"" of
Yi^.ga jjj,(j ^i^g desires of your being informed of the state
of this Country with reference to the Comon Enemy ffrench
and Indians ; As I am studious at all times in all things to
approve my duty and Loyalty unto their Maj"*"^ so likewise
to maintaine a good Intelligence and correspondence with
their Maj"®' Governm"'^ of the Neighbouring Colonys and
Plantations in whatsoev"" may conduce unto their Maj"®^ ser-
vice ; The unhappy disappointm"* of our last Summers enter-
prize ag' the iirench of Canada, and the loss of men sustained
therein (far more by sickness than by the Sword) has laid us
under no small disadvantages ; In w'^'' the Providence of God
by a long continuance of contrary winds and tempestuous
weather is more to be taken notice of; than any prepara-
tions or strength of the Enemy in frustrating of that de-
sio-ne : An account of that affair is long since transmitted to
England to be laid before their Maj""^ and S"" William Phips
(who had the cheif comand of those ftbrces) is in person
gone home to Attend their Maj"*"' with a particular Narrative

Since Octol/ last we have not been alarm'd by any motion
of the Enemy ; but thro Gods Goodness have been free from


their Molestations all this winter ; not understanding that
either the ffrench or Canada Indians have come over' on this
side the Lake ; The Eastern Indians have held a Truce these
several! months, and earnestly sollicite they may be at peace ;
their former treacherys make the English more jealous of
them ; and Scouts are constantly abroad on the head of the
ffrontiers to be observant of their motions ; what will be
further done w**^ rehition unto them is yet undetermined ;
what troubles y® ensuing Summer may ordaine is alone with
God ; our present sollicitude is to make due provision for
our owne security ; and to repulse the Assaults of the
Enemy ; I suppose no further advance will be made to the
Attack of Canada for the p"' unless his Maj'^ shall please to
give special Order and direction thereabout.

I am glad to hear that their Maj^^^ Territory under your
Governm"' is in peace, and pray there may be a continuance
thereof; And that all their Maj"'^* Colonys in America may
have a happy settlem"*' & lasting tranquillity ; there are sev-
erall Ships in this port laden for London, and I suppose will
saile w*''in 14 dayes at the longest ; what shall occur to me
that may be conducing to y'' Maj"*^^ service, or concerne the
Security of yo' parts ; I shall take care to transmit y*^ speedy
intelligence thereof unto yo"" self And am S"" yo"" humble

Commissioners to meet with the Eastern Indian Sachems.

Thomas Danforth Esq^ W°' Stoughton Esq, Major Barthol-
omew Gedney, Major Robert Pike, Major W™ Vaughan,
and Major Charles flVost are desired to undertake a journey
to Wells, as Commission" from this Governm' to meet with
the Eastern Indian Sachems there accordino^ to Aii^reem'
upon the first of May next, relating to the lengthning out
the time of the Truce, or concluding a peace, as the said


Commission" shall thinke advisable upon their discourse
with the Indians and receiveing such Overtures as they shall

And that a Commission and Instructions he accordingly
given ; any three of the said Gent" to act in this affayre
April 15'" 1691./. Past in the affirmative by the

Gov"" and Assistants

Is^ Addington Secry/
Consented to by y" Deputies

Dudley Bradstreet g ordy

News from New England

Some perticulers w'^" are come to hand from N ; England
y® Auther of w'^'^ is a person in greatt Esteem & of greatt
repute in s*^ place/

Thatt this people of God is now in Such distress & dan-
ger as itt never saw before, & y' there Councells are clogd
w^'" Such delays & Slownes ; as terrifies us in our moste ra-
tionall Exspectations/

The last Evening filled us, w"' New Alarms of an Attack
from New France, upon this poore land, w'^'' was before in-
volued in Calamitys w*^" astonished us/

We are precipitated into such distress & danger, as we
haue never seen before nothing Soe Exquisite hath hitherto
befaln us.

God is now come forth ag' us w"' an ax, a French Ax, ac-
companied w*'' Indian Ilatchetts, & our very roote is like to
receiue y® Stroake thereof; even soe att this time there is a
voice, Comcing almoste from every side of us, there is a
voice from y" East, a voice from y^ North & one from y^
West, w'^'' says this voice butt this, they are goeing to be
cutt down for ever, this is y® voice of y® Combinations, w'^''
our Adversarys haue made ag* us, this is y^ voice of Strange


distractions & divissions, w*^*' the quarrelsome among our
selues, doe infest us w"^ all, & this is y® voice of all our
fears ; every thing looks black.

Now tis a dismall uncertainty & ambiguity ; y* we Se our
selues placed in, breifly Such is our case y' Something must
be done outt of hand, & indeed our all is att Stake, we are
besett w**" a thousand perplexitys & Eutanglem^y

We haue ben giving our litle Scratches to one another,
while we haue ben managing y® debates, thatt y^ unsetlem*
of our Goverm* hath furnished us w'^ all, butt whatt shall
they turn into Gangeres.

Are we nott now languishing und*" y® fuUfilm*^ of y* word
we haue had wrath a Mong us, all our affiiires haue ben en-
flamed by wrath one Ag' another/

Nor can any thing be More ill boding to us & our all then
y" Cursed Murmurings w'^'' the Almighty God hears in our
Streets from day to day ; instead of praying to God for the
direction of our Go verm' att this Extraordinary time, we
Spend our time in Fretting & raileing att them ; Nothing
they doe can pleas./

End:) 1691 News from JSf England

Extract of the Paris Gazete touching S^ W"^ Phips
Expedition to N: England.

De Paris, le 3 Fevrier 1691.
Le Comte de Frontenac, Governeur de la Nouvelle France,
etant alld du cote do Montreal, ou les Francois avoient rem-
port<i plusieurs avantages sur Ids Anglois, aprit qu' ils dtoient
entrez dans la riviere au nombre de 34, voiles, a dessein d'
attaquer Quebec, ou il se rendit le 15. Octobre. Le Cheve-


lier Guillaume Phips, Comandant des Anglois, envoya le
lendemain Soniraer le Comte de Frontenac, de rendre la ville
au Roy Guillaume, il luy repondit qu' il ne connoissoit point
le Roy Guillaume, mais que le Prince d' Orange etoit un
usurpateur, qu' il ne s^avoit point d' autre Roy d' Angleterre
que Jacques ii. Que quand il seroit d' humeur a receivoir les
conditions que le Chevalier Phips luy ofFroit, les Officiers n'
y consentiroient pas, & ne luy conseilleroient pas de se fier
h un naitre, qui avoit manqu^ a la fid(5lit<3 qu' il devoit a son
Roy legitime : enfin qu' il luy repondroit par la bouche de
son Canon, Le 17. Octobre les Anglois 1' attaquerent Ayant
mis deux mille hommes a terre. Tout les railices des habita-
tions de la c8te avoient pris les arraes ; & a pein les Anglois
avoient fait demy quart de lieiie qu' ils se virent attaquez
par] plusieurs petits detachraens, qui leur tuerent beaucoup
de raonde, Quatre de leurs plus gros vaisseaux s'approche-
rent de la ville dont le canon de mata presque ^ntierement
leur Amiral, & en maltraita se fortement les trois autres,
qu' ils furent Obligez de se retirer pour se ra double. Deux
jours apr^s, ils s'approcherent de la ville, pr^s de la petite
riviere, Conime a dessein de la passer, Le Comte de Fronte-
nac fit, sortir toutes les troupes regimes, pour leur en dis-
puter le passage, toujours avec beaucoup de perte de leur
part. On escarmoucha assez long temp, & ils se retierent
a leur premier Camp, ou ^tant toujours harcelez par les
troupes & les milices, ils se rembarquerent avec pr(^cipitation
le 22. profitant d' une nuit Obscure, ils ont perdu plus de
cinq cens hommes dans cette Expedition, dont on donnera
detail au public. —

End:) 3 Feb: 1690 Extract of the Paris Gazette touch-
ing S^ William Phips Expedition to JVew England./

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