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Taunton. See History of the War with the Indians'in New England.

Increase Mather. London, 1676. * Ibid. Reprinted and Edited bv Samuel G. Drake, as "History

of King Philip's War." Boston, 1862. "See " Narrative of the Troubles with the Indians in New England,

&c." W. Hubbard. Boston and London, 1677. "Ibid. Reprinted and Edited by Samuel G. Drake, as "History

of the Indian Wars in New England &c." 2 Vols. Rox

bury, 18G5. ,,"

"Old Indian Chronicle, a Collection of Tracts relating to King

Philip's War, reprinted and Edited by Samuel G. Drake.

Boston, 1867. . ','''

""Relation of the Troubles which hdve happened in New England,

&c" increase Mather. Boston,, 1G77. "Ibid. Reprinted and Edited as Early.History of New England.

&c, by Samuel G. Drake. Boston, 1864. "* Entertaining Passages relating to Philip's War, &c" Benja

min Church. Boston, 1716. .*" Ibid. "History of King Philip's War." 'Reprinted and Edited

by Henry M. Dexter.; 2 Vols. Boston, 1865. •J, See " Mass. Historical Collections, Vols. 3 and 8, First Series;

3 and 7, Second Series; 6 and 7, Third Series. Boston.

1794-1838. "See " Historical Collections." John W. Barber. Worcester,

1848." "Discourse Historical of St. Thomas's Church, Taunton, April,

1844. Historical Notes. N. T. Bent pp. 33. Taunton.

"Sermon on the Twenty-Fifth Anniversary of his Settlement.

Erastus Maltby. pp". 32. Boston, 1851. "' Ministry of Taunton. Stephen H. Emery. 2 Vols. Boston,

1853. ** First Quarter Century of the Winslow Church. Historical

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[Communicated by Mr. Harry H. Edes, of Chartestown, Mass.]

,. .. Caleb Stajhjt. ... i ,.•;•.

1$ the April number of the Register a mistake occurred in printing the foot note on page 130, concerning Caleb State, to which our attention was called through the kindness of Charles J. Hoadly, Esq. of Hartford. We desire to substitute the following in place of the erroneous note.

Caleb Stanley, Jr., the son of Caleb and Hannah Stanley, was born at Hartford, Sept. 6,1674. He married first, May 13,1696, Hannah, daughter of Samuel Spencer, who died Dec. 5, 1702; and he married, as his second wife, Feb. 15, 1704-5, Abigail Bunce, who survived him and was the mother of four sons by Mr. Stanley. In October, 1700, he was appointed surveyor of lands for the county of Hartford, and, May 8,1701, one of three commissioners to run the dividing line between New-London and Preston. His name frequently occurs in connection with the settlement of disputes arising between towns and individuals concerning the boundaries and division of lands.

Mr. Stanly assisted Eleazer Kimberly,' when secretary of the colony, in writing, until chosen his successor in May, 1709. He held the office till Jan. 4, 1711-12, when he died of an epidemic then prevailing in Hartford. He was clerk of the courts; and like Secretary Kimberly was an excellent penman.

His grandfather was Timothy Stanley, who removed early from Cambridge, and became an original proprietor of Hartford, where he and his family enjoyed an honorable position, as well politically as socially.8

Hezkuh Haynes.

Since the publication of General Haynes's letters, in this series of Connecticut Documents, we have learned that it was a tradition Jn thoHaynes family that Major General Haynes did come to this country bringing with him his portrait. The painting, from the style of Sir Godfrey Kneller, was in existence a few years ago, and my informant stated it was then in the possession of the late Nicholas Brown, Esq., of Providence, R.J.


Letter From Secret Art Allyn To Wait Still Winthrop RespectIng Asdros's Expedition To Saybbook.

Hartford July 12.1675. Hono"1 Cape. Winthrop. [Note 1.]

We are glad to hear of your health & of or friends & Neighbours w" you, the Soldiers sent hence3 by post this night past we reced. your letter & understand you are at Mr Bulls [Note 2], & of your motions there w'b the Gent" of the Massachusets, & seeing you have done your endeauoure to

1 Vide ante, vol. xxiii. pp. 344-^5. * Vide ante, vol. xxiii. p. 315.

3 There should be a semi-colon.

fasten the Indians, to the English, we know not what Farther we have to doe in this matter at the present but still to desire you to carry so towards the Indians of Narragoncett that you may oblige them to continue in friendship, with us, & we adirise & order you w" your company forthw"1 to return to your charge to Stoneington or New London and doe your best endeauour to defend the county of New London, we have met w01 some unexpected motions from Major Andross, whoe w,h some forces is at Saybrooke [Note 3], what he Intends we are not fully sattisfyed on. & are Forced to continue those forces at Saybrook that came from y" westward with some additional forces sent from these partes for the defence of. that place, & to wayte upon major Andross his motions which puts a farther necessity upon us to order your return, untill we may have opportunity to draw off some of those forces from Saybrooke. Sr This court having considerd what is mentioned of y" Narrogancets refusing to deliver Hostages' w"1 what els hath been presented to us are not sattisfyd that it is sufficient Ground for y* begining of a warr, Sr we present or respects to you, & pray God to continue his presence protection & blessings upon your endeauors and the endeauoures of or Confederates

& remayne

Sr your affectionate friends the Guu Court of Conecticot signed #J yr order post Scrip. J. Allyn Secret'y.

remember us to Eobbin & Manohoe*
& tell them we will accept of their
readines to attend or orders, & shall
keep it in remembrance far their future
aduantage, & order them to keep in
the same readiness as formerly. & when
there shall be occasion to imploy them
you mgt. endeauoure to secure their
wives and children ;:

these For Capt". Winthrop at Mr Jere Bulls
atWickford' this dd:
Hast hast post hast for his
Ma"TM Speciale seruice.

This letter voted to be signed ty the Sec'y In the name
of the Court & sent post to Captn Winthrop. . .

(Field) a coppy of a letter to

Capt" Winthrop July 12.

■ * ■"'' Note'l' ''' .

Wait Still Winthrop came of honored parents and a distinguished ancestry. He was the son of Gov. John4 (of Connecticut) and Martha (Fones) Winthrop, born Feb. 27, 1641-2, and was conspicuous in political and mili'i J

1 See abstract of 'Winthrop'6 letter printed in Note 1, p. 326.

* These were two friendly Indians: Robin Cassicinainon was the governor of those Pequots living west of Mystic river (Trnmbuil); Momohoe, Mohomo or Manohoe, as we find her name variously spelled, was the Narragansett Sunk Squaw.

* Wickford is situated on the west side of Narragansett bay, and was embraced in the territory whose jurisdiction was disputed by Khode Island and Connecticut. The town, was on its own application taken under the government of the latter colony ia 1674.

* Vide ante, vol. xxiii. pp. 28-9.

Vol. XX1Y. 29*


tary circles in Connecticut He was colleague commissioner of the United Colonies with his father in 1675, and during the usurpation of Andros was one of his counsellors, as was also his elder brother Fitz John Winthrop,1 afterwards governor of Connecticut. On the rising of the colony and imprisonment of Andros, Major Winthrop was placed in command of the militia. He was named a councillor in the charter of 1G92, and was afterwards chief justice of the superior court of Massachusetts. He married Mary, daughter of William Brown, of Salem, by whom he had six children, among whom were John, born in Boston, August 20, 1681, H. C. 1700; and Anne, born Nov. 28, 168G,1 who married Thomas Lechmere, of Boston. On the death of his father the son claimed the whole of the real estate of which his father died seized and possessed; but a claim to a share of the real estate being put in by Mr. Lechmere in the right of his wife, the litigation, of which an account has been given in a preceding note," arose.

Just previous to the time the letter in the text was written, Philip's war had been inaugurated at Swanzey by a party of Indians who attacked the inhabitants and burned two houses on the 20th of June. Fearing lest the wily chief of Mount Hope should prevail upon the Narragansetts to join him in attacking the English settlements, commissioners were appointed by the Massachusetts and Connecticut colonies "to obtain new guaranties of friendship" from this powerful tribe. The commissioners from Massachusetts were Major Thomas Savage, Capt Edward Hutchinson, his brother-inlaw, and Joseph Dudley; and on the part of Connecticut, Major Wait Still Winthrop and Mr. Richard Smith4 were appointed.4 The commissioners were accompanied by a strong military force, and on the loth of July succeeded in negotiating a treaty with the tribe; by which for a stipulated price the Indians agreed to deliver up to the colonies all subjects of Philip who should come within their boundaries, and to resist any attempts of Philip to invade their country or that of the English.

It was while absent on this mission that the foregoing letter was addressed to Major Winthrop. An abstract of a very interesting letter written by him to his father, the governor, dated July 9th, is given by Mr Trumbull in the second volume of the Colonial Records of Connecticut, page 338; in it he gives an account of his movements up to the time of writing; he says he held a conference with Ninigret, the Niantic sachem, who refused to give hostages as a pledge of fidelity, but promised to deliver up any of Phihp's men who might come to him; that he met the Massachusetts commissioners at Mr. Smith's house* on the day he was writing, and that they were quartering at Mr. Jer. Bull's—described as "being a convenient large stone house, with a good ston-wall yard before it, which is a kind of small fortyfycation to it" By this letter it appears the forces consisted of about 120 volunteers from Boston, a company of 60 soldiers from New London and Stonington, and about 60 Pequots, with Robin and Mohomo, who are mentioned in the postscript of Secretary Allyn's letter in the text. Major Winthrop died November 7, 1717.

Winthrop's History of New-England. Trumbull's History of ConnecticutConn. Colony Records.

1 Vide ante, vol. xxiii. p. 32.

5 Savage's Genealogical Dictionary. * Vide ante, vol. xxlif. pp. 460-2.

* Vide ante, vol. xxiii. p. 32. » Drake's History of Boston, p. 40.5.

6 Tins bouse was also situated at Wickford. It was erected by Richard Smith, in 1641, and the timber used in its construction was brought from Taunton Kiver by water. Sec History of the Narrayansett Church, p. xvii.

Note 2.

Jirah or Jerah BuD was a son of Gov. Henry Bull, who came from London in the James in 1G35, x. 25; settled at Roxbury, and was made freeman May 17, 1637. He removed to Boston, and thence to Rhode Island, where by wife Elizabeth he had Jireh, born at Portsmouth, a town about twenty miles east of Wickford, in September, 1638.

Both father and son appear to have taken a lively interest in public affairs. The father was chosen governor of the colony of Rhode Island, May 6,1685, as successor of William Coddington. Jireh Bull, the son, kept a garrison house1 in the Narragansett country during Philip's war. He married Godsgift Arnold, by whom he had Jireh, born in 1682; Benjamin in 1685, and Benedict. His wife died April 23,1691. Savage says he had a second wife, Sarah, who may have been the mother of Henry, Ephraim and Ezekiel. May 21, 1669, Mr. Jireh Bull was ordered by the governor and council to "bee added a-conservator of the peace in the King's Province," and in 1678 he received a like appointment for Pettacomscutt. Sept. 25,1671, he was nominated and appointed with two others, to make and assess a rate upon the inhabitants of Pettacomscutt towards raising £200 in silver ordered by the governor and council to be raised for the management of the colony's affairs in England, by John Clarke, the deputy governor of Rhode Island, "against the intrusions of Connecticut"; and May 14,1672, he was associated with two others as commissioners to "putt a fynall issue and end to all differences between" the two colonies. The dispute was upon the question of the boundary line between Rhode Island and Connecticut; and the jurisdiction of the Narragansett country, which after long controversy was assigned to the latter colony. Being a freeman of the town of Newport, he was admitted freeman of the colony of Rhode Island, May 2, 1682; was made constable in 1687, and sheriff in 1698. Rhode Island Col. Records. Conn. Col. Records. Porter's Hist, of Narragansett.

Note 3.

It is well known that Andros used his best endeavor to bring Connecticut under his control by formally demanding their submission to his government, and a surrender of the territory alleged to belong to the Duke of York, whose lieutenant Andros was; and by craftily offering his assistance in reducing to subjection the Indians, who had been very troublesome for the few weeks immediately preceding the date of his letter—July 4, 1675.

Andros's purpose was to land at Saybrook, surprise the fort, and, having thus got a foot-hold, use his opportunities to the best advantage. But the good people of Connecticut were too vigilant to be thus taken unawares. Interpreting aright his real intentions, Capt. Thomas Bull, of Hartford, was instantly despatched with one hundred men to occupy the fort at Saybrook, with instructions not to permit Andros to land unless his troops left their arms in the two sloops in which they arrived from New Tork; and to hold the place in case of an attack. Capt. Bull reached the town and was in the fort only a few hours before Andros arrived, on the eighth of July. In his Majesty's name Andros commanded the Duke's patent and his own commission to be read on the river bank, where he was met at his own recmest by the officers of the garrison, who commanded him to desist. Dr.

1 About December, 1675. Mr. Bull's garrison house, which was located on "Tower Hill," was attacked and burned by the Indians. Only two of the inmates escaped with ticir lives, while ten men and five women and children perished.

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