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of Health, am sorry your Hopes are cut off, of seeing Boston this Fall, (by Reason of your Consort's being near her Time) & that I am hereby deprived of ye pleasure of your good Company in my solitary & almost malancholy State, but must submit to Providence in this, as well as other Instances.-You seem to be greatly desirous of hearing what is going Forward among us, & wish I could gratify your curiesity, by sending you ye agreable News, that our Burdens were likely to be removed, & we restored to our former happy State of Peace & Liberty.-I saw a Letter very lately from a Minister of ye Gospel in London, to his Friend here, highly applauding that Spirit of Liberty that has appeared among us, advising by all means to stand up for our invaluable rights &c. only to be careful we do it in a Legal & constitutional way, & by no means to give our Enemies on that side yo water, an advantage against us, who are watching for our halting & would be glad of an opportunity to fasten ye yoke. He adds, If ye present ministry continue, we can expect no other but that they will add to our burdens,—and thinks it a happy Circumstance, we did not rescind the Circular letter as required, as it would have proved fatal to our interest, & that our only course is to stand resolutely & legally for our just Rights &c. & hope in God for Deliverance. Thus this sensible, spirited Friend, and Hero. The Good Lord encrease ye Number of such Friends, as are Valiant for ye Truth. Thus I have answer three of your Import Questions, What is said ? What is feared ? What is hoped? The other two, What is ye State of ye Towne? & What is done ? remain to be considered. To which I would reply, that I think we are in a very afflicted and distressed State having the Ensigns of war at our Doors, Trade languishing and consequently we a sinking People, and seem to want nothing to finish us, but a Tax laid on us, to pay the exorbitant charge of providing Barracks &c. for these undesired Troops. It must be said our People behave prudently amidst many Provocations, tho' I think we have bound one of these officers to his good Behaviour for his insolent conduct to some of our people. We are now endeavour to distress them at home, by agreeing not to send for any English Goods for next Spring, which hope will have its desired effect, & likewise by refraining from ye use of those Articles that encrease the Revenue, the great Burden we complain of, particularly that pernicious Herb, called Bohea Tea, by which means hope those who have imported large Quantitys will be obliged to send it back.–The best Familys in ye Town have come into this rejection, & most of ye rest. As for me and my House I will not treat with it, nor allow myself or Children to partake of it in any other House, nay I refuse. selling it, tho' I have it by me, and advise you to do the same, & discourage yo use of it to the utmost of your power, not only by your Example, but by preaching against it. Be instant in season and out of season, reprove and rebuke and exhort with all patience & let no man or woman despise thee-in Short if we have not Virtue sufficient to deny ourselves in this pernicious thing, in vain do we complain of our Burdens. And as it is likely you will soon have an opportunity (when your wife is safe a Bed) to set a good Example respects Tea, desire and expect, you will exert yourself & not suffer it to be used under your Roof.—Thus I have endeavoured to answer your several Questions, and have added something by way of direction (tho' not desired) enforced by proper motives.-You kindly suppose I with
others have been in a great consternation & are desirous of knowing whether y Panick has subsided. I would only add that our most sensible People have been and are under great Concern as to ye Issue of things. To be sure I am almost distracted with Public & private Concerns. Luver & Friend seem to be removd far from me &c.- but I would hope while ye Rescinders are kept at Home, & men of Liberty appear steady, Providence will appear for us, & cause Light to spring out of Darkness. But I must break of that I may converse a little with Friend Dunster, who is at my House. My Complim's to Mrs. Tucker & tell her I wish her safe a Bed &c. but desire her to avoid Tea, to be sure Bohea, due regards to your children, my children join in due regards to yourself & Family & am with great Sincerity Sir Y' real Friend & humb: Servt
Willm Blair Townsend. P. S: The Irish Regiments have arrived here consists 2000 men & about 300 wom" beside children, one half to be landa at ye Castle ye other half here.—if they should order any to Newbury, will endeavour that there shall be none posted at your House, as you are well defended. [Addressed] “To | Reva M* John Tucker | in Newbury
P fav? | Revd M' Cary." *
RELATIONSHIP OF THE COMBINATION SETTLERS AT
EXETER, N. H., IN 1639. [Communicated by Hon. Joun WentwoRTH, LL.D., of Chicago, Ill.] MR. CHESTER, in the October Number of 1866, shows that the signers of the Exeter Combination in 1639 were, many of them, of the same family; and I think, if the subject should be followed up, they would be all of the same neighborhood in England.
Wheelwright's wife was Mary, daughter of Edward' and Susanna Hutchinson.
Augustine Storre (sometimes spelled Storr, Storer and Story), who was of the Combination, married Susanna, daughter of the same.
Mr. Chester finds that their sister, Anne Hutchinson, married Leavitt. Now Thomas Leavitt was of the Combination. Was he husband or son ?
Esther, another sister, married Rev. Thomas Rishworth. Edward Rishworth was of the Combination. And Samuel Hutchinson, a brother to Mesdames Mary Wheelwright, Susanna Storre, Anne Leavitt, and Esther Rishworth, wills property in 1667 to Edward, eldest son of síster Rishworth.
These were all the Hutchinson sisters that there were.
William Hutchinson, another brother, married Anne, daughter of Bev. Francis Marbury.
* Probably Rev. Thomas Cary, who was then minister of the Third Church in Newbury-ED.
And this Rev. Francis Marbury had a sister Catherine who married Christopher Wentworth ; and from this Wentworth Mr. Chester hopes to trace the genealogy of William Wentworth, another of the Combination.
In the questioned deed from the Indian Sagamores in 1629, the names of Wheelwright, Wentworth, Leavitt and Storr are used. And but one other, viz., Thomas Wite (or Wright), and he was of the Combination. Of the origin of this Wite nothing is known, nor is he heard of after the Combination.
There were but thirty-five men in the Combination, and the origin of most of them is unknown, and many of them left no descendants of record.
ENGLISH LOCALITIES OF AMERICAN EMIGRANTS. It is a matter of surprise that so few Americans are able to state with certainty the place where their emigrant ancestors resided in England before their emigration ; hence, when any document is discovered revealing the locality of any family there before its emigration, it is viewed with delight by every well informed descendant of such family ; even as an oasis in a desert.
The following Deposition explains itself. It shows the locality whence came the Drakes (and perhaps Levitts) of Hampton, New Hampshire, and a family of Blands.
· Deposition.-" IIampton in New Hampsheir, in New England. The deposition of Nathaniell Drake, aged about seaventie-eight year, and . Abram Drake, aged about seaventie year, who saith that they have known Mr. John Bland, sometime a liver upon the Iland, commonly called Matthew's Vineyard, formerly a liver at Colchester, in England; we have also known Isabell Bland, now the wife of Thomas Levitt of Hampton, in New Hampsheir; we have known them both ever since wee were children, and the said Isabell Bland, now the wife of Thomas Levitt, was always accounted to be the daughter of the above said John Bland; and wee have heard the above said John Bland to own the above said Isabell to be his daughter, and never heard nothing to the contrarie, never since wee can remember ; and the above said John Bland was sometimes called, by some persons, John Smith, but his name, and his ancestors name, was called Bland.
“Nathaniel Drake and Abraham Drake appeared 27th of April, 1691, and made oath to the truth of all above written.
“Before me, Hennery Green, Justice of Peace." "Taken from Dukes County Records, Vol. I., page 282.-Transcripts, Vol. B, p. 216. January 18, 1867. By me Richard L. Pease, Clerk of Courts.
“Edgartown, Massachusetts, January 18, 1867.”
The Oldest Book In New ENGLAND. It is said that the oldest book in New England is owned by Rev. J.J. Power, of Worcester, Mass., and was printed in 1470. It is a theological work, written by Rainer, a Catholic priest of Pisa, Italy, who died in 1249.
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