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M'. John Minot, my wife and myselfe went up to Fort-George at Brunswick.
On Wednesday Aug: 14th we came down from Brunswick to GeorgeTown.
Thursday Aug: 15th we were at George-Town, the weather being very hot.
Friday Aug: 16th we were at George Town ye weather being very hot.
Saturday Aug: 17th, we were at George Town, the weather remaining very hot.
August ye 1gth, we were at George-Town being sabbath day..
On Monday August 19th, I had an opportunity at Mr. Watts's to discourse with Capt” Jo, his squaw, his brother John, Robin Bone, and another Indian. Capt:" Jo understood English pretty well, and interpreted what I said to the Rest. I discoursed with them about the one only True God in ye Three Persons, the creator of ye world who hath revealed his will to us in his Holy word to be ye rule of our Lives, the necessity of believing in X and depending on his righteousness alone for salvation, the necessity of confessing our sins to God, and not to man, and of praying to him alone for ye Pardon of sin, who will pardon sinners freely for ye sake of Christ, &c. : And they seemed to be very well pleased with what I said. And Capta Jo promised to come and visit me sometimes, and learn me to speak Indian.
On Saturday August 24th, I went up to Brunswick, and the next day preached in ye fort, and 3 of ye Indians came to meeting in yo afternoon, when sermon was ended I repeated the heads of it, and Capt; Giles* interpreted ym to ye Indians, and they seemed to be well pleased therewithal.
On Monday I had some discourse with yo Indians to shew them the necessity of sanctifying ye Sabbath, which was occassioned by their shooting a gun on ye Sabbath day.
On Saturday Aug: 31st, I discoursed with several Indians at Brunswick about Religion, and they seemed to be very well pleased with my discourse.
September yo 1o, I preached at Brunswick and several Indians came to hear me, Capt: Giles interpreted to them ye Heads of ye Sermons and they seemed well pleased therewithal.
September ye gth, I preached at Augusta.
September ye 24, I discoursed with an Indian belonging to Neridgewock.
* Capt. John Gyles, who was for a time Commander of the garrison on St. George's River. was son of Thomas Gyles, of Pemaquid, born about 1678, married, Ist, at Salisbury. Oct. 26, 1703, Ruth True, born at Salisbury, Oct. 5, 1663, daughter of Joseph and Ruth (Whittier) True of that place, who were married April 20, 1675. Mrs. Ruth Gyles died at Salisbury in 1720. Thomas Gyles married 2d, at Roxbury, Nov. 6, 1721, Hannah Heath, born 1689, eldest daughter of Capt. Wm. and Hannah (Weld) Heath, all of Roxbury.
Capt. Gyles was taken captive by the Indians, Aug. 2, 1689, and on the 19th of June, 1698, arrived at Boston, after an absence of more than eight years. He excelled as an interpreter. See his Narrative in Indian Captives"; Gyles Family, by Rev. John A. Vinton, p. 122, &e.
+ Augusta. This town was once quite promising. It embraced the whole or a part of the territory of the present Phipsburg. Penhallow, p. 82, says that Doetor Noyes " built a stone Garrison at Augusta, at his own charge, which was judged to be the best in the Eastern Country.” The sloop Pejepscot sailed from this place to Boston. This flourishing settlement was destroyed in the time of “Lovewell's war."
Sept: 25th, I discoursed with another Indian belonging to Nerridgewock at Mr. Watts's.
Sept: 29th, I preached at George Town.
Octb; 6th, I preached at Brunswick, and staid there ye ensuing week, and preached there on Octob: 13th, and while I was there we had news from Neridgewock by yo Indians yť an Indian there was almost killed by his squaw which was a squaw y' formerly tended upon ye Jesuit: but afterwards we heard ye ye Indian was likely to recover.
While I was there we likewise heard by ye Indians of Terrible fires beyond Canada whereby many of yo Indians were destroyed, and many being terrified fled from yo places where they used to dwell. And we had an account of about fourscore strange Indians y were come to Penecook with their families who said ye they fled for fear of ye fire : but it was suspected ythey were come from Carolina.
The Indians said ye the Jesuit told them yt the world is now to be gradually destroyed by fire, and yt the fire would come to them by Christmas. While I was at Brunswick I was informed by Capt" Giles y the Amberoscoggin Indians had sent a Petition to ye General Court to have a Praying-house built for them at Brunswick to meet with ye English.
Octob. 14th, I went from Brunswick to George-Town and soon after I came thither there came an Indian to inform Mr. Watts y Capt" Jo (who was speaker on behalf of ye Indians ye Two first Days of ye Governours treaty with them) had wounded himselfe by falling down on a knife yt banged behind him in a Pouch, and the knife ran quite through his body and he was very like to die. Octob: 20th I preached at George Town.
Octob: 27th, I preached at George-Town in ye forenoon, and Mr. Elmore in ye afternoon. While I was at George Town this time Capt" Jo who was wounded came to Town, and I had an opportunity to discourse with him. Here also I had an account from Capt" Giles of his being informed by yo Indians yt the Jesuit still predicted ye ye world would soon come to an end, yt it would be in 49 days.
Octob: 31st, I went on board of M'. Watts's sloop which was bound for Boston, and there went in ye sloop with me, M'. l'atts, M'. Elmer, my wife, and Divers others; we sailed out of M'. Watts's Harbour about half an hour after sun-rising, and were favoured with a fair wind.
On Nov: 1st, we landed at Boston about an hour after sun set. When we came to Boston we heard of the death of Capt. Belcher, Judg Sewals wife, M'. IIurst, Mrs. Cable, and some others.
Nov: 20, I went to Brantry.
Nov: gth, I waited upon ye General Court to give them an account of Affairs amongst yo Eastern Indians.
Nov: 9th, I went to Cambridg and from thence to Medfield, where I arrived a little after sun set, and found my family (through ye goodnesse of God) in very good health.
Nov: 10th, I preached at Medfield.
Nov: 17th, I preached at Medfield, and administered ye sacrament, and the evening after that Day died ye wife of Nathaniel Smith,
Nov: 18th. I went to Boston from Nedfield, and while I was at Boston, and Medfield, and thereabouts died Major General Winthrop, Deacon Hubbard, Doctor Cutler, Mrs. Mills, and a great many others.
Nov: 20th, M'. Thomas Foxcroft was ordained a Pastor of ye old church in Boston.
Nov: 21st, we came on board M?. Watts's sloop, M". Watts being very III, we sailed from ye Long wharf about Ten a clock, and the wind blowing very fair, we got into ye Harbour at Capan ; about 2 a clock in ye afternoon. And about 12. a clock in ye night the wind blowing very fair we sailed out of Capan Ilårbour, and
On Nov: 224, we came to Saggadehock a little before night: but ye wind, and Tide being both against us we could not get into yo River : but were forced to stand away for Cape nenaggen,* and in that Ilarbour we lay all night.
The next day Nov: 234 we had very Little wind so yt it was near night before we got again to y® mouth of ye River, and then the Tide was against us again ; but with a great deal of difficulty we got in at ye mouth of the River and came to an anchor by IIoneywells Point, where we lay till ye Tide favoured us, which was about 9 or 10 a clock, then we sailed.for Aronsick, and Landed at M". Watts's wharfo about 12 or 1 a clock, M'. Watts was carried asboar very sick.
The next Day being Sabbath Day, Nov: 24", 1 preached at GeorgeTown. On Tuesday Nov: 26", M. Watts died in ye evening about fire a clock.
Thursday Nov: 2919, was kept as a Thanksgiving throughout yo * Province, and I preached at George Town.
On Nov: 29th, Mr. Watts was buried.
On Dec: 1“, being Sabbath Day, I preached at George Town, from IIebr. 11 :13. All These died in faith.. Dec: 6th, VI?. Stratton sailed from G. Town bound for Boston.
The Vight following M'. Wiet sailed from thence being also bound for Boston.
Dec: 8th, I preached at G- Town.
Decemb: 15th, I preached at G- Town, and Baptized Lydia Watts, yo daughter of Madame Watts, Charles Stockbridge, yo son of Samuel. Stockbridge, and Allen Poor, the son of Robert Poor.
Decemb: 224, I preached at G-Town.
Decemb: 26th, I discoursed with some Nerridgewock Indians about Religion.
Decemb: 27th, I discoursed with Capt" Jo, and Kerebendit about Religion.
Decemb: 29th, I preached at G- Town.
The night after died at. G- Town, M'. Samuel Bray, a hopeful. young man.
The first day of January, 1717, I went to Saggadehock and preached to the Indians. That day arrived at G- Town, Mr. Stratton in a sloop from Boston, and brought Tidings of ye death of Co'. Hutchin
* The Island of Cape Newagen is four and a half miles long, and separated from Boothbay by a narrow passage for small vessels.
"Dies tristis" -Day of sadness. It was Christmas. V. for the change of time, Ante, XX. 41.
son, M'. Noyes, and M". Corwin,* ye Minister of Salem, M'. Samuel Bridg of Boston, the wife of Doctor Clark, and Divers others, and they also brought news y the sicknesse was abated, and your friends and Relations were in health.
The night after died at G- Town Robert Young a IIopeful young man.
January yo 5th, I preached at G- Town.
January 17th, I went from Arousick for Brunswick, and reached to Topsham, and there lodged that night.
January ye 18th, I went from Topsham to Brunswick.
January 19th, I preached at Brunswick, and there came 3 Indians to meeting, the most of ye Indians being gone from thence before I came thither.
January 26th, I preached at Brunswick. While I was at Brunswick, I understood by Capt: Giles that he had lately had Intelligence by a certain Indian who had been travelling Eastward as far as St. John's River, y yo People that way were glad to hear of ye good agreement between ye English and Indians. But while He was at St. Johns he said y' the Friart there read a Letter, yt he said came from Governour Vaudrel, wherein he wrote. My children if yo English propose to settle at yo Eastward, viz. : at Penobscot, and St. John's River, hinder ym by all means, and in case they come forcibly to settle drive them off, if you cannot do it yourselves Inform me, and I will assist you. As to Kenebeck Indians I leave them to work their Ruine.
Afterwards the Friar said to them, there is a strong Peace between ye French and English, and I believe it will be a lasting one.
The Informer said to Capt" Giles, we do not understand what the Governour means by hindering the English from settling here unlesse he is afraid yt we shall live too Happy together.
There being a sawco Indian at Capt" Giles when this Informer was there he said yt the Indians towards Piscataqua were very easy with respect to what ye Government had done about yo man yt had killed ye Indian at Piscataqua.
He likewise said y' there was no Truth in ye Report yt there had been concerning some forreigo Indians come to Pennecook.
Capt" Giles likewise said yt he had Information y' on Decemb: 14th, being ye Romish Christmas there was a meeting of ye Indians, near an Hundred of them at Pemaquid, and when They were together, The young men were for promoting a war with ye English, saying we are now certainly informed yt the English have killed us a man. They are grown Proud, Let us make war with them immediately.
The old men and the wise men said you are Foolish children. If you do as you will do ye Devils work, &c., the Devil will take you, It is not according to our Promise to Governour Shute. We have an old man near ye Fort at Pejipscot naming Terramuggus and He hath a Friend there y' will tell him ye Truth, we will first hear their say,
* The Rev. George Curwin was born at Salem, Mass., May 21, 1683; H. C. 1701 ; settled May 19, 1714, and died Nov. 23, 1717.
+ Father Lauverjat.
our eyes are on them. After their Discourse, the young Men hearkened to yo old men, and are now easy, and every man to his hunting.
January 27th, I came from Brunswick to Topsham on yo Ice, and thereby lodged that night.
January 28th, I came from Topsham upon yo Ice to Cheemere Island and there several of Arowsick Friends met me with a Boat. I came down with them in ye Boat, it raining pretty hard all day so y we arrived very wet at Arousick about Ilalf an hour after nine a clock at night.
February 20, I preached at G: Town,
February 3d, The Penobscot Friar came to visit me, and I had a great deal of Discourse with him.
Febr: 4th, Mr. Robinson was drowned.
Febr: 6th, The sloop arrived here from Boston, and brought tidings of ye death of some in Boston, and of Divers at Medfield, and yť two of my children had been very ill, but were pretty well recovered. Blessed be ye name of the Lord.
Febr: gth, I preached at G- Town.
Febr: 18th, I preached at G- Town and baptized William Hopkins, ye child of W. Hopkins.
Febr: 21st, M'. Stratton sailed for Boston.
March 9th, I preached at George Town, and Baptized Jacob Pike, the son of Samuel Pike, and ye next day sent a Letter to yo Penobscot Jesuit.
March 13th, Stratton in ye sloop arrived here from Boston, with a great many Passengers, and brought ye comfortable Tidings of ye health and welfare of our Friends.
March 16th, I preached at G- Town.
March 27th, was kept as a Day of Fasting and Prayer at GeorgeTown.*
March 30th, I preached at G: Town.
April 6th, I preached at G: Town and baptized Samuel Bray ye son of ye widdow Bray.
April ye 13th, I preached at Augusta.
April ye 15th, Stratton arrived at George Town from Boston with divers. Passengers, who brought ye comfortable Tidings of ye abatement of ye sicknesse in, and about Boston, and of ye health of our Friends.
April ye 18th, I went from G- Town to Topsham.
* Was it on account of the “unusual noise in the air ” ? VOL. XXI. - 5*