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paroles —

SoufFrez mon pere que Je vous aille interompre un moment
pour Vous raconter mes peines. Car a qui un enfant peut
il decharger son ceur qu h son pere, vous savez qui est
arriv^ a mon frer^ I'lroquois qui prie (c'est ainsi quils mo-
ment les Iroquois nos allies et qui se sont fait baptiser) II a
pris pour Ennemis mes parents et quelques uns meme de
Ceux qui avoient peu de temps auparavant accompagnd les
francois que vous aviez envoy^ contre I'anglois il les tient
encore comme esclaves Voila ce qui fait ma peine, Je luy
vient dire que regardant cet accident comme une pure me-
prise Je nen avois point a la verite I'esprit mal fait mais que
Jesperois que sen apercevant il desannonceroit sa meprise et
me rendroit mes parents mon p^re ce collier que Ion vous
presente est pour vous prier de fortifier ma parole par votre
voix ou plutot tirer de Votre Ceur plein de sagesse des
paroles plus efficaces que les mcmes pour le porter a nos
rendre nos parents qui viendront icy demeurer avec nous si
vous le trouvez bon, J'apprehende que si on refuse de nous
les rendre Mon frere qui est a lacadie ne seressent de eel la et
n'en ayt I'esprit mal fait au lieu que Je suis sur qu'il m'ecou-
tera quelques mecliantes pensdes queccla luy ayt donnd sy
on ne nous les rend.


Voicy aussi le Collier quils addressent aux Iroquois

Mon frere I'lroquois qui prie car enfin c'cst le nom dont
nous t'appellous depuis que la priere et lobeessunce a Onnon-
tio notre pere conmiun nous ont heureusenicnt renuis, Je
vais te trouver par ce collier pour te dire que ceux que tu
garde encore comrae esclaves sont mes parents et pour te
prier de mes les rendre, ne crois point que J'aye I'esprit inal
fait de ce qui leur est arriv^ c'est aussy que la guerre est
faite Ton se tue souvent sans se connoitre les uns les autres
ce sont des nialheurs qui accompagnent la guerre et que Ton
ne peut eviter mais tu aurois lesprit nial fait si apres pri^
pour Envoier tes allies mes parents, apres les avoir menes
dans ton village comme esclaves tu t'opiniatrois a les garder
lorsque tu connois ta m(^prise Je mesure ton esprit sur le
mien sy ce qui t'es arriv^ metoit arrive et que Jeusse prls
pour Ennemis tes parents. Je ne ra'apperceverois pas plus-
tot de ma meprise que Je leur donnerois la libertd, et te les
rendrois ni croy point mon frere que Je te tronipe lorsque
Je te dis quils sont mes parents les francois peuvent bien
rendre temoignage Comme quelques uns de ceux que tu as
tu^s ou pris les ont accom[)agnez aussy bien que nous lors-
que nous avous ete contre langlois et cela fort peu de terns
avant que ce malheur arriva, Je ne te dis rien de la perte
que tu as faite d'un de tes braves (c'est le grand agnier)
quoique Je la ressente extremement Je suis occup^ a le pleu-
rer avec deux de mes braves que J'ay aussy perdus dans
cette triste rencontre, Mon frere I'lroquois qui prie pluvront
les braves morts sans que leur mort nous renverse I'esprit,
et separe nos coeurs que la priere et I'aimtie vuissent depuis
sy longtemps

Sur ces paroles les Iroquois du Sault ont renvoyd les
principaux choses et quelques femmes, ils ont promis de
rendre les autres lorsqu'ils I'enverront tous disposes a se
joindre a leurs freres qui sont icy ^tablis au sault de la
Chaudiere a deux lieiies de Quebec —


'■^Letter from Gov'^ Sloughter of N. York relative to
property at Pemaquid"

/ Inclosed containes his Majestyes comands for the de-
livery of the Records of this province, his Maj*'**^ Sloope or
Yacht in yo"" possession, and the guns &c belonging to the
fort at pemaquid, w'='^ I have sent you by Thomas Newton
Esq"" and desire that the records may be delivered to him
forthwith in order to their being brought hither, the other
particulars I desire may be in a readiness, and I shall
speedily advise you, how they shall be disposed off, for
their Maj*'®^ service, as I am directed ; I have further to in-
forme you, that an Assembly of this province is now sitting
and have vnder their Consideracon the necessary defence
and p''servacon of Albany ag' the ffrench and Indian Ene-
mies, w*^'' we looke vpon as the frontier and Bullworke, and
the adjacent Colonys and am therefore willing to know what
you think is reasonable on yo"" part for the support thereof,
we shall maintaine there two foot Companyes of near two
hundred men, w"^" with some addition from your parts might
make capable of some little incursions vpon the ffrontiers of
the Enemies Country and thereby secure our selves and
alarum them, I cannot but with good reason, expect, that
as you have beene ready when this province was in other
Circumstances to offer yo"" assistance for the Coiiion defence,
so now their Maj"*^* Imediate Comands for Governm*' are
here you will not be less carefuU or willing to Afford yo'
help towards the generall safety, and am willing also to
know whether you intend to make any advance towards
Quebeck or Canada River this Spring ; We have this weeke
newes, by the returne of some Maqua's troopes, and some
Christians from Albany, who have been lately in the Ene-
mie's Country and brought home with them four Captives
taken last year from Schenectada, that the ffrench at Que-
bcck and mount Royall have noe supplyes from ffrance and


are very much straitned for provision and other necessaryes,
and in dayly expectacon of au attack by the English,

this is what occurs at p''sent, and am
New York IG"" April Gentlemen

1691. Yo' humble

H. Sloughter


Instructions for the Commission" appointed to meet the

Indian Sachems at Wells.

In pursuance of your Commission, the following Instruc-
tions are Recommended unto yo"" Observance

1*' That you receive Satisfaction in the Indians who shall
come to treat with you. That they be either Sachems; or
others of Chiefe Account and Command, that so what Over-
ture and Agreements shall be made by them may be bind-

2'y. Informe your Selves what they pretend to be the
causes provokeing to the Warr, and Remarke to them the
high Resentm' his Majesty hath of their makeing a War
upon and destroying so many of his Subjects, and laying
such a part of his Territory waste ; As also the unjustness
of their going on to shed so much blood after some of their
„ ^ ^ ^ Sachems and chiefe men had been at Boston


& with the Council, were civilly treated and dis-

lo ance , c. ^^j^^ ^^^jh ^^xQ assuraucc that the present Gov-
ernm* were ready to hear and redress any agrievances and
injuries done them, the said Sachems promiseing to endeav-
our a Cessation of Amies, and not to engage in the AVar ;
and yet joyned with and assisted the Enemy.

3'y. If you perceive the Indians continue their former In-


clinations and desires of peace, and appear to be in good
Earnest thereabout Receive what Overtures they shall make
for the same, to be taken into consideration, and give them
to understand that his Maj'^ hath lately sent a Governo"" to
New Yorke, who must be advised and consulted with in that
matter, part of the Eastern Country being within his Gov-
erm* And consent with them for a cessation of Amies and
Lengthning out of the Truce for some further time, until
there may be opportunity for such Consultation.

4'y. Insist upon their Returning all the English Captives
in their hands and within their power; And Engage them
to forbear all correspondence & Intelligence with the ifrench
Enemy, or the giveing of them any assistance, and Like-
wise timely to notify the English of the designes or Motions
of the ffrench against them, so far as they shall know. —

These are some general heads of Instruction, the particu-
lars must be referred unto yo'' prudent Conduct and good
discretion as you shall judge advisable upon the place when
you understand the Inclination of the Indians ; Praying that
you may have the special presence & direction of the God
of peace to guide unto a good issue of this weighty affayre.
Boston, April 23"^ 1691.

Consented to by the Gov'' & Council.

Att"^ Is** Addington Sec""'


Sim. Bradstreet Esq*" Gov'' of their Maj"''' Colony of the

Massachusetts Bay in New England :

To Tho. Danforth Esq-" &'" Greeting

Whereas the Generall Court of the aboves"* Colony sitting
in Boston by adjournment the fourteenth day of this instant
month April have past a Bill to desire Tho : Danforth Esq"^


W" Stoughton Esq'", Major Bartholomew Gedney, Major
Robert Pike, Maj'' W'" Vaiighan and Major Charles Ifi-ost to
undertake a journey to Wells as Commission" from this
Governm"^ to meet with the Eastern Indian Sachems there
according to Agreement upon the first day of May next en-
suins: ; relatino; to the lengthnino; out the time of the Truce
or concluding a Peace as they shall think adviseable upon
discourse with the Indians, and receiving what Overtures
they shall make ; Any three of the s*^ Gentlemen to Act

In pursuance of the before recited Act of Court ; These
are in their Maj"*^* Names to commissionate and fully im-
power you the Avithin named Gent, or any three of you
whereof Tho : Danforth Esq"" being one, to negotiate and
manage the above mentioned Affaire with the Indians.

Observing therein the Instructions hereto annexed. Given
under my hand and the publick Scale of the afores*^ Colony
at Boston the 23"^ day of April 1691. In the third Year of
the Eeigne of our Sovereigne L*^ & Lady William and Mary
by the grace of God, of England Scotland France and Ire-
land King and Queen Defenders of the ffaith &^^

Signed, Sim Bradstreet/

*^ Agreement w^^ Indians at Wells, 1. 3. 91"

♦' The Covenant of y« Indians made at Wells May 1. 1691.

Rsd 6° May 1691./."
Province of Maine at Wells
May 1'' 1691 :
Tho : Danforth Esq, Maj-" Rob' Pike Esq-" Maj-" W" Vaughan
Esq"" Maj"" Charles Frost Esq"" Commissioners impowered by


y* Gen. Court of y^ Mattachusetts, being mett at y* house
of Liev* Joseph Storer, according to articles of Agreement,
made w*^ Edgaremett, Toquahnott, Wesoraban't Natombo-
mett Walumbee & John Hawkins [Indian Sagamores &
Chief men] at Sagatahock Nov. 29. 90 : cS; by them then
signed & stated ; There appeared Kenawoonett, on behalf
of Edgaremett, & Wesombanet & Tantoegan on behalf of
Warumbe, as also eleven more Indians in a private capacity,
& being demanded why y^ other Indians named in y® above-
said Articles did not make their appearance, they answered
that y'' were not come home from hunting ; also being de-
manded y" Captives according to Covenant they denyed their
promise, but afterward brought forth two Captive children,
& confessed y' there were seven more Captives at Kenebeck,
& named some of them, & sundry more were toward Penob-
scott & y^ Eastward ; & being again urged w*'' their failure
to perform their Covenant, w*^"* on y® English part had
punctually been observed,) they answered it was not now
in their power to help it, but that they do engage within
twenty days to make good their Covenant in returning the
Captives, to be brought to Wells & there delivered at y'
house of Lievt Joseph Storer, & such as are nearer then
y* rest within ten days at furthest, & to bring to Cap' Con-
verse y'' desire of y^ Sagamores as to a further lengthning
out of y^ time for a Cessation of y^ War, in order to be
communicated to their Majestyes Governours of Boston &
New York ; in y® mean time that, untill there be y*' answer
of y"" said Govern" returned to them, the Truce shall be
continued in like manner as was agreed by y® above recited
Articles, y'' performing whereof without fraud or delay they
do solemnly oblige themselves & have no doubt but y' y®
Sagamores absent will with like good hearts perform : as
wittnesse their hands & scales this first day of May Anno



Domini one thousand six hundred & ninety one Annoq
3X ^ ^"^ Guilielmi Maria tertio.
Signed & Sealed in The Marks of

presence of us

Jonathan Remington

James Convers

W"" Partridg

marks of


Samson Hegan . L>
Rob. Dony Uv
Sabadis A\


old Dony

Letter from Gov. Sloughter.


I sent you by M"" Newton his Maj''*"' Letter referring to
the Records of this Province and other things beloncring
and Order'd hither, but he being not returnd I have no Ace*
nor answer to that Letter & now Coll. Dudley Presid' of
their Maj"*^' Counsill of this Province being bound to Bos-
ton directly from Albany where I am, I have Opertunity to
write you again and desire you if the Kings Sloop be not
sayled for York according to the direction I gave M"" New-
ton y* you will acquaint Coll. Dudley what you have done
referring to his Maj'''^' direction, whom I have desired to
speak w'"^ you and understand y"" answer thereupon. I have
also desired him to acquaint you w"' the attendance of the


Maquaes here and their answers and resolutions upon my
demands and also to obtain from you an ace* of your Pro-
ceedings w'^ the Indians at the Eastward of w<='^ I desire a
Perfect understanding that I may do what is Propper on my
Part referring to the County of Cornwall a dependance of
this Province.

I am sorry I cannot hear from you or other parts of New-
EngF w* may be done upon the ifrench at Quebeck I gcieve
this summer will be lost and the ifrench ghaps supply'd and
put into a good posture before any agreem' can be had of a
Joynt proceeding which will leave many parts of these
provinces but Especially Albany in danger and protract a
Long and Char«;able war w'^'^ with the Blessing of God
would be perfectly ended if propper methods had been
taken the Maquaes in their answers observe their Brethren
of N. EngP to be alike Concern^ in their Support as this
Province, I gcieve them in some Consternation for fear of
the Praying Indians gon over to the french and doubt I
shall be necessitated to send forces to march if not reside
sometime in that Country town towards w'=^ I am of opinion
you will willingly Contribute your [Quota] of men and
mony let me hear from you thereupon.

Since the writing of this Letter the affair of the french
and Indian enimy's is farther open'd to my self and Coun-
cill now at Albany, and we see an absolute necessity of an
agreerii' between the severall Provinces and Governments
belonging to the Crown to advance their Proportion of men
and mony towards the reduction of our revolted Indians &
the Sul)dueing the ff'rench and have written agrcable here-
unto to Virginia, Maryland & the other Colony's in N : Eng-
land and desire you will appoint and impower some persons
to hear & agree w*'' us at York for your Quota unless by
discourse w"' Coll. Dudley you shall propose to him what
may be thought reasonable on your Part whereby the Charge
of your CoiTiissioners may be saved we having apointed and


irapowered the said Dudley to treat in the matter ardaccept
your offer thereupon

I am,

At ff'ort Albany y' friend and Servant

this 3-^ day of May IfiOl H. Sloughter

[Superscribed] To The Hon'"« Simon
Broadstreet Esq, and others con-
cerned in the Government of their
Maj"''^ Collony of Massachusetts

Letter from Gov. Sloughter of JVew York to Gov.

Hon"« S -

AVe Received yo" of the 16*'> of April last past by the
hand of Tho : Newton Escj together with his Ma"*'* Com-
mands relating to the Records of the province of New-
yorke, the great Guns belonging to the ffort at Pemaquid
that were brought to Boston, and one of the Sloops which
his Maj'y has been Informed were built at the publick charge
while the Colonies of New-3^orke and New-England were
united. In Observance of said Commands we have accord-
ing to your Exc^" appointment caused the Records to be
deliu'' unto said m"" Newton, and Ordered the great Guns to
be in a readiness to be disposed as 3'ou shall advise.

As to the Sloop we are not advised that any such is in
possession of this Governm* as was l)uilt at the publick
charge while the aboves'' Colonies were united, there havcing
been a misinformation given to his Ma'^ in that matter, the
onely Sloop that we know of to be upon the publick charge,
was finished and improved some considerable time before
New-yorke was annexed to these Colony's, and is the same


that transported S*^ Edmond Andros thither when he went
to take in that Province : the other Sloop we understood
was set up by S"^ Edmond Andros his order in the province
of Maine and brought to Boston not fully finished, a little
time l)efore his removal, the Builder keeping her in his
own possession, and was as he declared unpaid for her,
which m' Usher Treasurer likewise Informed A private per-
son who had disburs't considerably for the Riggin & Other
Materials belonging to her, for the Securing of his own dis-
bursments purchased her of the Builder, paid him and had
his bill of Sale for her, and afterwards sold her to the pnt.
Governm* who dispatch't her for England with Expresses to
his Maj*y and She is not yet returned :

This Accorapt we have transmitted to be laid before his
Ma'y, that so we may know his farther pleasure therein, in
which we shall rest.

We are glad to understand from yo"" Selfe that so good
provision is made for the defence and preservation of Al-
bany, and shall be as ready as formerly to do anything
reasonable and necessary on our part in affording help &
assistance as we are able toward y® general Safety and for y*
defence of their Ma"*^^ Interest, And shall offer the consid-
eration of what you propose in that matter unto the next
General Assembly, tho this Colon}^ lyes so much ffrontier
both by Sea and Land to the ffrench and Indian Enemy that
obliges us to make such necessary preparations to defend
our Selves against their attacks as puts us to great Expence
and Imployment of Souldiers, besides the calamity of Sick-
ness wherewith this people have been sorely visited for above
the space of a full year now past.

We do not thinke of intending any further advance to-
wards Quebeck this Spring without we receive Special direc-
tion from his Ma'-^ in that matter.


We would Acquaint yo"" Ex'^y that in y** beginning of y"
last winter at y® Sollicitation of the Indian Enemy who
moved for a peace we consented to have a Truce with them
until y*' first of this instant upon their promiss to l)ring in
all y® English Captives, and at that time to appoint some
Commission" to meet at Wells, to receive what further
Overtures they should make which was accordingly attended
on our part ; but all their Sachems not appearing, it was
agreed that they should bring in y^ residue of the Captives
within twenty Dayes, and that the Sachems should in that
time make their proposals to be offered unto their Ma"^'
Governm* of this Colony and yo"" Selfe, and all acts of hos-
tility to be forborn until a consultation were had with yo"^
Selfe thereupon, and they should hear from us again ; In
which we desire your advice and shall take care to transmit
unto you what overtures shall be made by them ; And shall
be studious to maintain a good intelligence and correspond-
ence with yo'' Exc^ in all things conduceing to their Ma"''*
Service and the general Safety.

Boston in New-EngF Honb'« S'

May 8^" 1691 : Yo^ humble Serv"

Signed : S. B. G, in y® name of y* Council

For Gov" Sloughter.

Letter from Capt Greenleaf & Oapt Wicom to Major

Gen. Winthrop

To the WorshipfuU major Generall Waitt Winthop esqire.

These are to inform you that whereas by order from your
selfe we prest seuerall of our troopers to gard the commis-
sioners that went to Wels to treate with the Indians the first
of may instant, that order may be giuen that those troopers
may be paid for said seruis which will oblige your most
humble seruants Stephen Grecnlcf Cap'

May : 21 : 1691 : Daniell Wicom Cap'/


Letter from Sam} Wheelwright & others to the Governor

and Council.

Wells y« 25^" May 1691
To the Hono'"d Gouerno'" and Counsell :

Wee humbly conceiue our selues bound to giue yo' Hon"
to vnderstand somthing of the state and Condition of our
towne : in Respect of the great danger that at this time we
are in : the Indians not Coming in according to their in-
gagem* and promise to your selues when at wells nither at
the ten dayes end nor at the twenty days nor yet being fiue
dayes since hath any of them performed any of theire prom-
ises which Looks as deceitfull as them selues and giues vs
o-reat cause to feare that all our Labour and Cost in this
treaty is lost, our Condition needs not much opening to yo'
Hon''s Som of yo''selues being very Sencible how vnable wee
are of our Selues to withstand such an Enimie as we dayly
Expect to Come vpon vs if God in mercy to vs puent them
not : our Humble Request to yo' Hono''s is that you would
pitty our distresed Condition and Releue vs with some men
as in yo'' wisedom you shall Judge to be Suteable for our
defence with out which wee Cannot Expect to Continue
Long in these parts we desire if it be yo'' pleasurs to grant
vs assistance :

that Cap* James Conurs may be Improued as the Com-
ander of the Souldiars and also to be aded to our County
here as to our towne Garrisons to dispose of them for our
best defence.

Thus leaueing our Selues to yo'' Hono''s Care and the pro-
tection of almighty god and Rest yo"" Hon''s all Humbleness

Sam" Wheelwright
Joseph Storer
Jon'' Haiuond
John Wheelwright


Letter from Major Benj church

Bristol this 16 of December 1690.
honor^'^ Gentel""""

The ocasion of trobelino; you with these lines are the
resapte of those within : inclosed from Laurence Dennis of
Beuerly whearin he niackes this Solleni coni[)lant which uery
much Aflictes my Mind all tho no wase procured hy any
defect of mine : the cattel he hearin mentions was those that
ware kilde upon Rousock Hand Kenebeck Riuer tor the
youes of those forces that ware Improued under my Comand
in the year 1689 and his Soun John Dennis how was then
our pilot was very desierous that we would plese to mack
youes of those catel for the releef of the Armey lioo was
Extremly Stratned for want of prouision at that time he
hoping that you honers would haue bein plesed to haue
alowed his Aged father Sum Resonabel Compensation for
them : his soun John cam to speck with me I not at home
he mist of me and afected not his end : the Cattel that we
killed that John Dennis informed us ware his fathers ware
sixtene in number ; the most of them ware Cowes : the rest
ware smaller Catel ; I then ordred the Sad John to tack all
the hides which he did : Now I Ernestly intreete you gentel-
men that you plese to Done me that ffauour and the good
ould man that Just Right as to pay him In reson what the
meat of his Cattel is worth : and any others that mack the
lick Complant thay macking proof of thear clam ; for we
kiled in all in those partes twenty six head I ordred all the
hides into the handes of John Dennis and ould John parker
cure then pilots to be deliuered to them that oned the Cat-
tel : for thay informed thay knew both cattel and owners :

thus Euer praying for youer honners wellfare I subscribe

gentelmen youer most humbel Saruant that haue formerly

Sarued to my out most power.

Benja'"'" Church
Capt" John Alden Can give

lite in this matter. B. C.

Doc. Vol. v. 16


ffrom Beuerly y« : 29"^ of October 1690.


Major Church you are not Ignorant of my Cattle that
were made vse of by your selfe at y® Eastward, nor of my
Detriment that I sustained by beinge berreaucd of my all in
this world, but hoping I should haue had some recompence
for my Cattle soe taken now in my nesesitie & to that End
I haue made application to y*^ Councell and Court at Boston
and they tell me they Cannot releiue me without an account
from your selfe (under hand) of what you tooke of mine,
and to that End I sent my sonn vnto you but Lost his
Labour besides I have sent by w^riting vnto you as now and
still I am where I was, I am Loath to trouble you but am
nesesitated my: 3: sons being gon on the Cannidie Expedi-
tion my wife now at y® point of Death wee being Visited
with that Epidemicall Disease of y® smale pox & my
streights arr many I hope y" Lord will stir you vp to think

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