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He was killed by Indians 1675, at the
age of about sixty-six.

4 William Withington, of Newport,
was a carpenter. His name is merely
noted by Savage as being on the list of
freemen in 1655. The name occurs sev
eral times in the Xotc-book.



LECIIFORD S MAXUSCR1PT NOTE-P>OQK. 189

Witliiiigton of Aqucdiieckc in New England planter or his
assignee the sumnie of thirty-one pounds currant money of
England for so much of him heere received I pray make good
payment & place it to account according to advise.

JOHN WICKES.

To my loving brother Mr Thomas Wickcs dwelling in Stanes
in the County of Midi. [Is.]

BOSTON 20. Sept, 1G30.

Att twenty eight daycs after sight of this my first hill of ex
change my second & third not being payd I pray pay unto
M!" Richard Hutchinson of London lyncn draper dwelling Arc.
4()l for so much here received of S r geant Thomas Savage.

JOHN WICKES.

To Mr Tho Wickes ut supra and 401 more 30 Sept. At
40 dayes sight. [Is. 141 10*. upon 14 daycs <fce.]

[120] I John Winthrop Esqr. Governor of the Mattaclmsctts
Bay in New England doe hereby Certify unto all manner of
persons whatsoever whoine it may concernc that Isaackc Aller-
ton merchant hath no visible estate real! or personall heere in
this Jurisdiction or Country for the present to my knowledge
and yet I am well acquainted w lh him & his trade & dealings
in this Country And thus much 1 have thought good at the
request of Mr Thomas Allyn to testify in witncsse whereof I
have caused the Common seale of our Colony to be hereunto
affixed the 20 th day of Sept. Anno Dmi 1030. [!.]

Isaacke Allertonof New Plimmouth in New England merchant
aged about 53 yearcs sworne saith that the ship White Angell
was heretofore in the yeare of our Lord 1031 bought at Bristoll
of Alderman Aldworth by this deponent to the use of Mr James
Sherlcy Mr Richard Andrcwes M. r John Beanchamp of London
merchants l Mr Timothy Hatherley then of London feltmakcr

1 Shirley, Andrews, and Beauchamp Plymouth people looked for support and
were the London merchants to whom the aid ; they were their business correspon-



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<fc this deponent, but this deponent saitli that the said Tim
othy Hathcrley did afterwards refuse to aceept of the said
bargainc. And this deponent saitli that the ship Frcndship
was heretofore hired & victualled by this deponent in the yeare
aforesaid for the use of the said Mr Sherley Mr Andrews M
IJcauchampe Ml Ilatherley and all the partners <fc purchasers of
the plantation of Pliminouth aforesaid. And further this de
ponent saitli that afterwards divers losses falling out upon the
said ship Friendship the said Mf Ilatherley and this deponent
did in the behalf of themselves & the said M Sherley M^ An
drews & Mr Bcauchampe agree <fc undertake to discharge &
save harmlesse all the rest of the said partners & purchasers
of & from the said losses for two hundred pounds. 1 [Is.]



dents. The business affairs of the Ply
mouth Colony with these merchants, as
conducted by Allerton, form a great part
of the subject-matter of Bradford s His
tory, which must be read by any one
who would entirely understand these
matters.

1 There is not here space enough to
go at length into the transactions al
luded to in this case. Isaac Allerton,
the business man of the Plymouth Col
ony for many years, in 1631 surprised
and grieved his New England friends
by bringing across the Atlantic these
two ships, the " White Angel," a trad
ing vessel, and a fishing ship, the
" Friendship." The following is from a
letter from James Shirley to his Ply
mouth partners:

"Gentle-men, partners, and loving
friends, &e., Bret-fly thus: we have
this year set forth a fishing ship and a
trading ship, which later we have bought;
and so have disbursed a greate deale of
money, as may and will appear by y
accounts. And because this ship (called
y e White Angdl) is to acte 2. parts, (as
I may say,) fishing for bass, and trading;
and that while M r Allerton was irn-
ploycd about y c trading, the fishing



might suffer by carelcsnes or neglccte of
y e sailors, we have* entreated your and
our loving friend Mr Ilatherley, to goe
over with him, knowing he will be a
comfort to M r Allerton, a joye to you,
to see a carefull and loving friend, and
a great stay to y 8 bussines."

Upon which Bradford comments as
follows:

"It needs not be thought strange that
these things should amaze and trouble
them; first, that this fishing ship should
be set out . . . And now a ship to come
on their accounte, clean contrary to their
both end & order, was a misterie they
could not understand ; and so much y
worse, seeing she had shuch ill success
as to lose both her voiagc and provissions.
The 2. thing, that another ship should be
bought and sent oute on newe dcsignes,
a thing not so much as once thought on
by any here, much less, not a word inti
mated or spoaken of by any here, either
by word or letter, neither could they
imagine why this should be. liass fish
ing was never lookt at by them, but as
soon as ever they heard on it, they looked
at it as a vaine thing, that would cer
tainly turn to loss. ... At length
My Hathcrley & Mr Allerton came unto



LKCll FORD S MANUSCRIPT NOTE-BOOK,



101



A note given by M^ Tho : Savage to pay 20* upon 20 dayes
sight after notice of 401 payd My Richard Ilutchinson of Lon
don by John Wickcs to be payd to ihe said Jolin Wickcs or
his assg. Dat 26. T. 1030. Corani me. [GcJ.]

Mr David Offley l & Eliz : his wife make a letter of Attorney
to My Edward Woolcott Mr Tlenry Woolcott Richard Payne &
Christofcr Atkins or any of them to let <t sell receive rents &
profitts & to sell their interest of & in their coppihold lands in
Glaston for what money they arc well worth in time of peace
dated 20. 7. 1039. [Is. Qd.]

[121] A letter of Assignment <fe Attorney made by My John
Stratton 2 of Salim to Mr Richard Ilutchinson to receive 50*
of My John Harrison upon a writing under his hand of 100*
penalty dated 20. 7. 1039.

And 1 John Winthrop Esq r governor of the Jurisdiction of
the Mattachusctts Bay in New England having seen these
presents signed scaled <fc delivered <fc taken the oath of Adam
Winthrop 3 my sonne aged about [nineteen] yearcs testifying



them, (after they had delivered their
goods,) and finding, them strucken with
some sadness aboutc these things, M*
Allcrtou tould them that y c ship Whit.
Angell did not belong to them, nor their
accounte, neither neede they have any
thing to do with her excepte they
would" (Rruilford, 270 ct, scq.).

1 David Ollley, of whom we have
heard before, was of Boston, and had a
house and garden on what is now Essex
Street, near Chauncy. He was a mem
ber of the Artillery Company. Removed
to Plymouth 1643, says Savage, for
which see Plymouth Colony Records, ii.
57; but the, date of the Book of Posvrs-
sions (F. 106, p. 87) being some years
later than this, I suppose that lie moved
back again, as Savage inferred. He
is not mentioned in the Town Records
after 1639; but that does not prove that
he did not live in the town, for he might



have been both unimportant and inof
fensive.

2 Mr. John Stratton, of Salem, is a
man of whom we hear more later on a
different subject. He came to Salem
from Scarborough, where he was as early
as 1633, and is supposed to have moved
to Easthampton, L. I., about 1643. He
is mentioned several times in the Col
onial Records, in various ways, once
as being fined for lending a gun to an
Indian ; again, as helping to run the
line three miles north of the Mcrrimac.
For a continuation of this particular
case, see post., p. 126.

3 Adam Winthrop, fifth son of John
Winthrop, came over in the "Lion"
1631; married Elizabeth, daughter of
Mrs. Glover, of whom mention has al
ready been made, and with her lived on
Governor s Island, in the Harbor. He
died Aug. 24, 1652.



19:2 LECHFORD S MANUSCRIPT NOTE-BOOK.

that he sawe the said John Harrison subscribe the said bill or
writing & that the said Adam did subscribe his name also
thereto as a witncsse as thereby appeareth w ch bill or writing
was showed unto the said Adam at the time of taking his said
oatli I have thought good at the request of the said John Strat-
ton to ccrtifyc the same in testimony <fcc. [Is. 8J.]

A letter of Assignment & Attorney made by the said John
Stratton to the said Richard Ilutchinson to receive the said
501 of Mf John Harrison upon another bill dated 8 July 1639.
dat 2b . 7. 1639. [1*.]

A Coppy of both these bills, with this Certificate.

Forasmuch as the abovcnamcd John Stratton hath assigned
the summe of fifty pounds due unto him from the abovenamed
John Harrison by the said bills or writinge or one of them
both being for the same debt unto Richard Ilutchinson Citizen
<fe ironmonger of London intcndeth accordingly to send over
the said bills or writings to him A least the same should mis
carry these Coppies have bin taken thereof, I John Winthrop
E.s<jr Governor of the Jurisdiction of the Mattachusetts Bay in
New England having examined the said Coppies by the origi-
nalls doe fynde them to accordc verbatim. W ch at the request
of the said John Stratton I have throught good to Kxemplifye.
In testimony whereof I have hereunto caused the Common
Scale of our Colony to be affixed this xxvi th day of September
Anno Dili 1039. [Is.]

Henry Jackson of Watertownc in New E: planter makes a
letter of Attorney to Edward How 1 of Watertowne One of
the Elders of the Church there to receive all his debts in New
England according to the bills w ch arc given him. [Is.]

]>e it knowne unto all men by these presents that I Eliza
beth Glover of Cambridge in New England widdowe have

1 Edward IIo\v, of Watertown, was though not often mentioned, is known

"freeman May 14, 1034, ruling elder, to have been a lessee of a fishing weir

often selectman, and representative." tin-re, and is thought to have moved to

Died June, 24, 1G44. Henry Jackson, Fairtidd, where he had some estate.



LECHFORD S MANUSCRIPT NOTE-BOOK.



193



received of John Harris Doctor of Divinity & warden of
the College neare Winchester & of Richard Davys Citizen &
merchant of London Executors of the last will & testament of
Josse Glover late of London my husband Deceased the
siiinmc of five hundred pounds of lawfull money of England
being parte of the goods & chattels of the said Josse Glover at
the time of his death <fc by him bequeathed unto me the said
Elizabeth by the said last will & testament and 1 doe hereby
remise release forever quitt day me unto the [122] said John
Harris & Richard Davys their executors <fc administrators all
& all manner of actions & demands concerning the said live
hundred pounds in witnesse ito 21 . 7. 1031). 4 of these acquit
tances all before R. Bcllinghain : Tho : Hawkins Nehemiah
Boarne 1 & mysclfc. [2. 8^/.]

A letter of Attorney made by Valentine Hill to Mr Richard
Ilutchinson to receive [&/&] of Mr John Harrison dated 20.
7. 1039. n*.l



M r ! 9 Glovers Inventory. [2.9.]



1 Those three names are in the same
way appended as witnesses to a letter of
atlornov, a few pages farther on, from this
Mrs. Glover to Joseph Davis and Thomas
Hawkins. Mr. Bellingham was at this
time an assistant. Thomas Hawkins,
usually railed Captain Hawkins by Win
throp, was originally of London, though
he owned land inCharlestown, and lived
in Boston and in Dorchester for some
years, and was a deputy from the latter
place. His business was that of a ship
wright, but he was also a merchant, and
part-owner of many vessels. lie was to
some extent mixed up in the D Aulnay
and De La Tour complication, which we
can hardly touch here. He is several
times mentioned in Winthrop. Savage,
in his notes, .supposes him to have died
abroad (in 1648), which is likely



enough, as he passed the greater part of
his time on the water, and was quite as
likely to be in London as in Dorchester.
At tin; time of his death he owned prop
erty in Dorchester and Boston. He had
business connections with Captain Ed
ward Gibbons, of which we find notice
port, p. 213. Nehemiah Bourne was a
Charleston*!! shipbuilder. He also lived
at Dorchester for some time, and a year
or two after this moved to Boston. In
1044 he went to England, as major of
the regiment of which Israel Stoughton
was lieutenant-colonel. He is said to
have commanded a ship-of-war under the
Parliament. He mine back again to
Boston, but returned to England, and
died in 1601. See Hist, and Gcneal.
frg., xxvii. 20-30.



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104 LECIIFORD S MANUSCRIPT NOTE-BOOK.

Mr John Ilumfrcy bound to M Eliz : Glover in eighty
pounds to pay at 2 moncths or els to give cattell in payment
according to the rates of the Country at the time.



Mf Joseph Davys merchant [Thomas] Hawkins Attorneys
for M r i 3 Eliz : Glover to receive <fcc of Dr. Harris & Richard
Davys the Executors all the estate.

Thomas Watson l late of Duxbury planter makes a letter
of Attorney to Stephen Tracy of the same planter to receive
all moneys. Stephen Tracy 46s. Thomas Goodman 53s. John
Moore 5s. 4d. John Barker 4s. John Groomc 20s. : Anna Wat
son daughter of John Watson Deceased dwelling with her
mother in la\ve Elizabeth the wife of John Grey dwelling
ricarc Quiiiapeagc is to have all this & his trunckc with the
goods in it if he dye before he come or send over. John
Groome is to pay this 20s. to himselfc when he comes over or
upon notice from him to his Attorney.

Knowe all men by these p r sents that I Elizabeth Glover of
Cambridge in New England widdowc doc hereby constitute
ordeyne and in my place put my well beloved friends Joseph
Davys of London merchant & Thomas Hawkins merchant my
true & lawful Attorneys for me & in my name to demand &
receive of John Harris Doctor of Divinity & Warden of the
College neare Winchester and of Richard Davys Citizen <fc
merchant of London Executors of the last will & testament
of Josse Glover my late husband deceased all and all manner

1 Here are more of the arrangements of Anna Watson. The others are more

of Thomas Watson purposing to return difficult to identify. John Groome, who

to England. Stephen Tracy, his attor- was to pay 20s. to himself when he came

ney, had been in New England for a long over, never did come over that 1 know

time, having come, to Plymouth in 1023. of. It may be that he transacted the

He did not, however, remain in the business with Thomas Watson when he

country, but went home to England in met him in England. John Barker, it

1655. John Grey and his wife, it may is recorded, moved to Marsh field from

he remembered, soM their house in Lynn Duxbury 1638, and was drowned 1G52.

to Valentine Hill. Savage calls the The names of John Moore and Thomas

wife of John Grey the Widow Elizabeth Goodman are not found elsewhere.
Watson; she was probably step-mother



LKcnroniys MAxrscjurr XOTK-HOOK. 195

of Simmies of money goods <t chattels given it bequeathed to
me by my said husband in it by his said last will A: testament
and upon receipt of the said summes of money goods it chat
tels for me it in my name to give make it deliver unto the
said Executors sufficient tt legall acquittance it acquittances
release tt releases Hut in case the said Executors shall refuse
upon demand to paye it deliver to my sayd Aftorne\ s the said
summes of money goods it chaff ells then I doe hereby authorize
[123J and appoint my said Attorneys for me it in my name to
sue it impleade the said Executors it their executors and ad
minist rators and all other administrators of the goods it chat-
tells rights it credits of the said Jossc Glover not administered
that shall he whatsoever for the said summs of money goods
it chattells and the same of them it every [one] of them by
due proeessc to recover for me it in my name it to my use it
behoofe. And further for me it in my name to make doe it
execute all A: every other lawfull it reasonable act it acts tiling
it things requisite for the receipt it recovery of the said summes
ol money goods it chattells as powerfully it effectually as 1
myselfe in my ownc proper person might or could doe Hereby
ratifying A: confirming all it whatsoever my said Attorneys or
any two of them in case one should dye shall lawfully doe in
the p r mises In witnesse etc -7. 7. IGoO coram llic : Belling-
ham. Tho : Hawkins Nehemiali Bourne it myselfe. [~. G.]

A pcticon for Nicholas Frost of Pascattaquay mason to
(he Governor it Deputy it the Assistants neare at hand.

A letter of Attorney made by Ivatherinc Earwiug of Dor
chester widdow to Nehemiali Bourne of Dorchester merchant
it Anthony Earwing of London mariner to receive all moneys
due to her in England. [Is. Ifi.]



1 Nicholas Frost was banished seven pardoned I do not know. In 1047 lie

yenrsbe.forethisfortheft, etc., committed was still living at Pascattaquay, with

on the Indians at Dame-rill s Cove. lie en-tain associates, "in a nio.st ryotons,

was once before this, in 103"), punished mutinus & turbulent maner." He died

by a line ot .5 (which was remitted him, in 1603. The full text of the petition is

by the way). Whether he were evor given in the course of a page or two.



190 LKCHFORD S MANUSCRIPT NOTE-BOOK.

A letter of Attorney made by Nehemiah Bourne to Mf Sam
uel Sliepheard l of Cambridge gent whereas he hath payd a
1001 to Mr Nath Eaton for w cb he hath given 3 bills of ex
change charged on Mf Thomas Adams of London woollen-
draper to inquire of him what authority order or po\ver he
hath received from Mr Adams to charge the said bills on him
& if in case he cannot produce & shew such lawful authority
in writing then to sue him to put in sufficient security.

Me Elizabeth Glover do Cantabrigia in Nova Anglia wid
tener 1 <frc Joseph Davys de London mcrcatori in 350* Dat 27.
7. 1G39. [Is.]

The condicon of this obligation is such that whereas the
abovcboundcn Elizabeth Glover heretofore charged certaine
bills of exchange upon the abovesaid Joseph Davys for three
hundred & thirty pounds w ch he accordingly payd to one M r
Grecnsmith & one MrFooto, if heretofore the executors of the
last will & testament of Jossc Glover late of London Deceased
late husband of the said Elizabeth, shall allowc and suffer the
said Joseph Davyes to pay them so much the lesse upon the
bonds by him made unto the said Josse Glover in his life time
& shall thereof remise release & quittclayme the said Joseph
Davys his hcires executors & administrators all actions &
demands concerning the said three hundred pounds then <fcc.

1 Mr. Samuel Shepard was one of the according to Winthrop, he spent the
prominent citizens of Cambridge. lie greater part of his time in a state of intox-
came over in 1635 from London, and be- ication, which, it would seem, was the
came a member of the church under his custom of the country at that time. He
brother, the Rev. Thomas Shepard. He finally went home to England, and there
returned to England some time after died. There is much about Eaton in
this, and served in Ireland in the Civil the Note-book after his flight, but unfor-
War. Nathaniel Eaton, of Cambridge, tunately no allusion to his cruelty to
was the brother of Governor Eaton of Brisco. The whole story is told in Win-
Connecticut, ami was first head of liar- throp at great length (i. 308, 313). There
vard College (though not called presi- is also in Winthrop a note by Savage
dent). He fell into disgrace in Massa- regarding the manner in which the
chusetts on account of his treatment of scholars were treated, in connection with
one Brisco, a scholar; and, on being cen- which it may be interesting to compare
sured by the court, he fled to Pascatta- the Note-book, p. 201, post, in regard to
quay, and thence to Virginia, where, Samuel Hough, one of Eaton s scholars.



LECHFORD S MANUSCRIPT NOTE-BOOK. 197

[124] Josiali Stanborough 1 of Lynno in New England
planter & Frances his wife daughter of Henry Cransdcn of
Turnbridge in the County of Kent Deceased, whereas the said
II. Gransden in his life time stood lease of certaine l^ids &
tenements in Tunbridgc fc at Stansted also in Kent w ch lands
were bequeathed with certaine rent charge among other things
of 5 1 a ycare to the said Frances by the last will & testament of
the said II. G. & were also descendible to Joane Alice Anne
Mary Frances Sarah <fc Martha his daughters notwithstanding
Alice Gransden wid hath sold the said lands & tenements in
Tunbridge: to sue her in the Court of Requests or Chancery to
pay them their parts as well as the 4 elder Av cb is 200. Attor
ney Richard Young Citizen & cooper of London. [Is.]

The humble peticon of Nicholas Frost mason. Showeth
that whereas yo r petieoner being a banished man and notwith
standing having he trusteth in some measure through the grace
of God repented of his sinnes <fc trespasses wherefore lie was
iustly banished and being before yo r worpps some time since the
said Sentence of banishment he conceived by some words then
spoken by some of yo r worpps that he might come into this
Jurisdiction about his necessary businesse & affaires yo r pcti-
corier did in simplicity of his heart not intending any contempt
repayre hither about his occasions ; but since he understands
that there is no order entered yet for revocation of the said
Censure he knoweth he hath offended and is heartily sorry
therefore <fe Humbly prayeth he may be for this time dis
charged of his imprisonment <fc he promiscth never to come
hither againe without Licence by Order of the General I Court
& shall as his duty bindes him pray for yo r worpps. [1. G.]

Knowe all men by these presents that I Nehemiah Bourne of
Dorchester in New England merchant doc hereby constitute
ordeync & in my place put my wellbelovcd ffriend Samuel
Shcphcard of Cambridge in Nc\v England gent my true &

1 Josiah Stanborough moved to Long anipton, and died there 1639. Nothing
Island, perhaps in the same company of his antecedents is known to enlighten
as John Stratton. He settled in South- the present facts.



198 LECIIFORD S MANUSCRIPT NOTE-BOOK.

lawfull Attorney for me & in my name to sue arrest & im-
pleade Nathaniel Eaton of Cambridge aforesaid gent for the
summe of one hundred pounds w ch he received of me upon -or
about the [blank] day of [WUM&] last past and w ch he owcth me
<fc the same of him his executors & adm rs to recover to my use
unlcssc he or they can shewe sufficient authority order &
]>o\ver in writing that he had to charge the said one hundred
pounds upon Thomas Adams of London Woollcndrap. by cer-
taine bills of exchange And further to doe any other lawful
act or thing touching the premises as effectually & power
fully as 1 myselfe in my owne pper person might or could doe
Ratefyiug <tc. [1. 0.]

[125] Mr Will Leigh of Gratoton in Suff & his wife a letter
for Martha Hancock for service goodman Golston goodman
Newton Mather Stephen Gostlin and their wives & to Eliz.
Jordcn & to the rest & to her Cosin Harbert & his wife,
especially to her brother Robert. 1

A letter of Attorney for Henry Grey 2 now of Boston in
N. E. t. & heretofore citizen & m r chant t of London to Joseph
Young mariner to receive & recover 8 l of George Spencer
dat 28. 7. 1039. coram. [Is.]

1 I believe all those persons to be ut sion of any place of residence would lead

this time in Kngland. The names of one to doubt their being in New Eng-

Golston, Newton Mather, Stephen. Gost- land at this time.

Jin, are not to be found in Savage s 2 This name is mentioned four times
Dictionary, while it seems impossible in the Note-look, and- each time in so
to identify Martha Hancock, Cousin cursory a manner that speculations as
Herbert, and Robert Hancock on the to the identity are almost useless. First,
slight information here given. It is curi- Henry Gray is spoken of (ante, p. 47) as
ous that so marked a name as Mather an honest young man with a brother who
should appear with the unknown Chris- is a citizen of London. In this place
tian name of Newton. Mr. Richard Henry Gray was formerly a citizen and
Mather, the father of Increase, was at merchant of London himself. The next
this time in America with his sons, the mention (p. 141) is in a bill of ex-



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