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Trumbull, in his History of Connecticut, gives a romantic account of this affair which later historians are inclined to doubt.1

During the reading of the patent and commission, Capt Bull and his officers " withdrew a little declaring they had nothing to do to attend it."2 The ceremony over, the protest3 of the general court was then read by the officers to Gov. Andros who " was pleased to speak of it as a 6lander, and so an ill requital for his kindness."4

Finding his plans had been foiled by the watchfulness and determination of the colony, he re-embarked with his followers, and returned to New-York the same day.

Conn. Colony Records. Trumbull's Hist, of Conn. Palfrey's History of Neuh England. v "■ '■ * ■■

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Letter From Secretary Allyn To Gov. Andros Concerning

Indian Matters,

Honoble Sr. Hartford April 18. 1676.

"We gratefully accept your deepe sence of the publick calamaties & sorrows of this Indian warr, & thought it very ncedfnll to disspatch o1 earnest desires that you would please to Improue your Indeauoures to procure an Honble & safe peace between the english & y° Indians which If you cannot obtayne though that be firstly eligible we then hope For your readiness as mentioned in your letter [Note 4], then to be ussing such fitting means as may beproper for the suppressing of the enemie. As to the playne mention of the remoual of that vmbrage5 of susspition touching former claymes, we take the more kind Notice thereof considering the Juncture of difficulties.

& remayn your friends the councill of Couecticott
■tf yr order signed #* John Allyn Sec'y.

For the Honb,<! Majo' Edmond Andross Esq'

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Gov', of his royall highnes his Territories

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Note 4.

This letter from Andros accompanied the reply of the New-York coun under the hand of its secretary, Matthias Nicolls, to some propositions made by the Connecticut council. The letter is written in a much more friendly spirit than one would expect to discover after reading the curt reply the council, and is as follows:—'

1 Vide Trumbull's History of Conn. p. Sifl-fi.

» Coim. Coll. Ree. ti. pp. oSi-i. f ibid. pp. 580-1. « Ibid. pp. 5S3-4.

6 Sec the last paragraph of Andros's letter printed in Note 4, on pafio 32!); Mi page 328, wherein is mentioned the reply of Andros to the officers iu coaunaud of l" fort at Saybrook, after the reading of the protest of the General Court.

6 From Conn. Col. Ree. ii. p. 437.


"An Answer to the Councell's Letter. Gentlemen: This being the first seeming application and notice considering the publiok calamities in yor parte, therefore, (not to loose time,) if you desire and will take fitting and present Resolves accordingly, I am ready to • use my endeavours to procure an honble & safe peace between you and the Indyans; which if I cannot obtaine by faire meanes, then to use such other as may bee proper for mee; and wholy to remove all manner of jealousyea, shall suspend all farther demands of thatipart: of yor Colony claymed by his Royall Highness©, (to remaine as it is,) till a determination from England. Desiring your speedy answer,

Your, friend . ,

"To the Councell or E. AndRoss,"

Authority of Connecticutt Colony."


Winslow Aki>. Winthrop.—I have just found tho following entry of marriage in

the parish register of St. Bride's, fleet street, London:

"1594, Nov. 4. Edward Winslowe and Magdalene Ollyver."

There can be no doubt that these were the Governor's parents (See Register, vol.

iv. p. 297; vol. Mi. p. 210); but whether they came up to London to be married, or

whether she was a resident of St. Bride's, I have not been able to ascertain. There

I found also at St. Bride'9 the following marriage:

"1599, Oct. 3: Adam Wyntrop and June Hills."

See Life and Letters of John Winlhrap, vol. i. p. 16T note. They were married by License, but the record of it does not now exist. This is of minor importance, but still worth noting.

Such discoveries as these confirm me in my estimate of the value, of the London Registers, which I have been for a long time examining systematically.

London, Eng., May 7, 1870. Joseph L. Chester.

Drake, John. What John Drake is referred to in the item printed in the RegisTer, vol. xxiv. p. 78?

In the will of Francis Drake, of Esher, Esq., dated March 13th, 1633, he, the testator, mentions " John Drake my cozen William Drake's son," and directs his executors to pay him, the said John Drake, "Twenty poundB, to be sent to him in New-England, in commodities." The will was proved in 1634.

This Francis Drake, of Esher, was the son of Richard Drake of Surrey, whom Sir Francis Drake, the circumnavigator, in his will, calls his cousin. He was an only son, and died at the age of about fifty, and was buried at Walton on Thames. He was of the Ashe family of Drake of Devonshire, and his father was a younger brother of Sir Bernard Drake of Mount Drake and Ashe, well known in the reign of Queen Elizabeth. Sir Francis appears to have taken him (Richard) under his patronage, and introduced him to Elizabeth, in whose household he bad a station until his own and the Queen's death, which both happened in the same year. Sir Christopher Hatton, the great friend of Sir Francis Drake, stood god-father to the son and doubtless gave him the name of his father's patron.

Not much is known of Francis Drake, of Esher, except that he was a " Gentleman of the Bed-chamber in ordinary " to king James I., and that he married Jone, daughter of William Totill, Tothill, or Tohil, of Sbardelocs, Esq. ; and the strong presumption that he resided for a short time in New-England, and that his family, at least himself and wife, were Puritans. See 3 Colls. Ms. Hist. Soe. ix. 244-5.

But this note is only to advert to the John Drake named in the will of Francis Drake, of Esher, Esq., as son of his cousin, William Drake. In those days the word cousin had rather an uncertain signification, as to the degree of relationship between parties; no distinction being made between first, second, third, &c. cousins. But

from an extensive chart of this Drake family before me, I find but one John who could be meant in the will of Francis Drake of Esber, and he was son of William Drake, of Yardbury, grandson of John Drake, Esq., sheriff of Devon. This sheriff John was first cousin to the testator, a great-grandson of Sir Bernard Drake before mentioned.

Now there were three John Drakes in New-England at or near the time Francis of Eaher made his will, and it has not yet been satisfactorily ascertained whether these three were really one or the contrary. There was John at Boston, 1630; John at Windsor, 1636; and John at Taunton in 1637. The Taunton John may have gone to Windsor, and the Boston John may have been the Taunton John, but there is nothing certain yet known about it.

There was a widow Joane Drake who joined the First Chnrch in Boston in 1634. She was dead in 1637, and under that date, in the first volume of the General Conrt Records, appears a sort of settlement of her estate. Connected with it are the names of several Boston men whose names are not found in the New-England Genealogical Dictionary. '•"' s. o. n.

Appledore (Isles of Shoals). Where are the Records of the ancient town of Appledore (Isles of Shoals)? It is said the church records of Gosport, dating back to about 1730, were destroyed by fire in the spring of 1866. ' N.

Pauter, Roger. In Nichols's History of the county of Leicester, in the pedisrree of Palmer of Osgathorpe, Edward Palmer, of Nayton, Norfolk, who died about 1630, aged 55, is said to havo left four sons, of whom Roger " went to Virginia, and afterwards to New-England." Can he be identified here? W. s. A.

Frost, William. The undersigned solicits information respecting the ancestry and pedigree in England of William Frost, believed to have emigrated from Bins/rad or Bensteed in Hampshire (two' miles irora Farnham), England; was one of the colony who went from near Boston in 1655, and made the first settlement at Setaukct, L. I.

J. J. Latting, 20 Nassau street, New York.

Fitch, Thomas. Information of date and place of death of Thomas Fitch, of the class of 1827 of Waterville College, and ot other facts of his history subsequent to his graduation, is desired by Prof. Charles E. Hamlin, of Waterville, Me.

Sherman Genealocy. On page 159 of the current vol. of the Register, for Reece read Reese; on page 160, for Sampson read Lampson; and, on same page, for Mansfield read Lancaster.

_ A Singular Coincidence—that we should have happened to publish for the first time, and in the same number of the Register, a letter of Pros. John Adams and Mr. Slafter's anniversary address, in both of which occurs the quotation: Vit ea nostra voco.Ed.


[Communicated by Rev. Doars Clarke, D.D., Historiographer.] .

White, Rev. Pliny Holton.—The subject of this notice was a son of John ami Bethiah (Holton) White, and was born in Springfield, Vt., 6 October, 1892. By his maternal ancestry be was descended from \\ illiam Holton, one of the first settlers of Hartford, Ct., and afterwards of Northampton, Mass.

He was left fatherless and in poverty when a little more than three years old, and had no assistance in procuring an education, except what his mother gave him before he was fifteen years of age. His whole schooling was obtained at Limerick, (Me.) Academy, where he was a student from his eighth to his fifteenth year. He was a clerk in a store for a few years, then studied law with Hon. William C. Bradley, of Westminster, Vt., and was admitted to the bar of the county of Windham, 24 November, 1843, it being the first session of the court after his arriving at the age of twenty-one.

» It is probably between 4 and 5 miles.—3. w. D.

He practised law in West Wardsboro' from 15 April, 1844, till 31 March, 1848; in Londonderry, from the latter date till 1 February, 1851; and in Brattleboro', from that time till 25 December, 1852.

From 1 February, 1851, till tho end of the year, he was editor of the Brattleboro'' Eagle, and during the next year ho was assistant editor.

From January, 1853, to August, 1857, he was clerk in a manufacturing establishment. From 15 August, 1857, to 7 May, 1858, he was editor and joint publisher of the Hampshire and Franklin Express at Amherst, Mass;.

lie pursued theological studies privately for a number of years; preached his first sermon in Westuiinhter, Vt., 18 April, 1858, and was licensed in Amherst, Mass., 11 May, 1858, by the Hampshire-East Association. After preaching a few Sabbaths each in Bernaxdston, Mass., and Putney, Vt., he went to Coventry, Vt., aftd commenced labors as acting pastor, 8 August, 1858. In a few months a revival occurred by which about twenty were added to the uhurch. He was orduined 15 February, 1859. Rev. George N. Webber preached the sermon. He remained in Coventry till his death.

When about twenty years of age he commenced writing for the periodical press, and was a copious contributor to the newspapers and magazines during all the rest of his life.

At different times he wrote editorially for the Vermont Journal, People's Journal, Newport Express, Caledonian, and Orleans Independent Standard. To the Historical Mayazine and Conyreoalional Quarterly, he contributed numerous historical and biographical articles. Fur the Vermont liecord, he furnished some hundreds of articles, most of them relating to Vermont history and biography. Among them

was the Vermont correspondent of the Conijreyationalist from 1852 till 22 April, 1869. He wrote much for the Ntw-York Ohsereer, the Rutland Herald, and the Vermont Chronicle, and contributed occasionally to many other periodicals.

In 1851 he was an assistant clerk of the House of Representatives. In 1852-3 ho was secretary of civil and military affairs to Gov. Erastus Fairbanks. He was the representative of Coventry in the legislature of Vermont, 1862-63, and chaplain of the Senate in 1864, '65 and '66. In November, 1863, he was appointed superintendent of recruiting in the county of Orleans, and held the office till the close of the war.

In November, 1862, he was appointed a member of the board of education, and, by repeated appointments, held the office for six successive years, and woo the author of the annual reports of the board. , , ,. ,

He was chaplain of the 3d regiment of Vermont militia (under the law of 1839), and of the 5th (under the law of 1864).

He was superintendent of schools in St. Johnsbury one year, 1857 ; and in Coventry two years, 1862-4.

He was elected to office of G. Wrft OfT., of the I. O. G. T. of the State of Vermont, in January, 1867, and held the office two years and four months, or until his death.

He married, 11 May, 1847, Electa B. D. Gates, of Belchertown, Mass., by whom he had :—1. Margaret Elizabeth, born in Londonderry, Vt.; 21 March, 1849. 2. John Alexander, born in Brattleboro', 15 February, 1851; died in Brattleboro', 12 August, 1851. 3. William Hoi ton, born in St. Johnsbury, 1 August, 1855.

He died at his residence in Coventry, Vt., 24 April, 1869, aged 46 years, 6 months, 18 days, and was buried in Westminister, Vt., on Tuesday, 27 April, 1869.

Among bis published addresses and sermons are the following :—

1. The Golden Age of Agriculture: An Address before the Windham County Agricultural Society, at its Annual Fair, 3 October, 1850.

2. Religious Lessons from the Atlantic Telegraph: A Sermon preached in Coventry, Vt., 29 August, 1658.

3. The Life ana Services of Matthew Lyon: An Address pronounced, October 29, 1858, Wore the Vermont Historical Sooiety, in the presence of tho General Assembly of Vermont. Burlington: 1858. l'p. 26,8vo.

4. A History of Coventry, Orleans County, Vt. Irasburgh. 1859. Pp. 70, 8vo.

5. Death in the Midst of Life: A Sermou at the Funeral of Henry H. Frost.

6. Methuselah: A Sermon preached in Coventry, Feb. 12, 1860. (In the Herald of Truth, Vol. II.)

7. Home Duties in Time of War: A Sermon delivered in Coventry, Vt., on the occasion of the National Fast, Sept. 26, 1861. (In the Orleans Independent Standard, Oct. 11, 1861.)

8. Christian Patriotism: A Sermon preached at North Troy, 25 May, 1862, in commemoration of Lieut. Charles F. Bailey, who died of a wound received in the skirmish at Lee's Mills, Va., 16 April, (in the Orleans Independent Standard, 6 June, 1862.)

9. A Sermon preached at Coventry, on occasion of the National Thanksgiving: August 9, 1863. (In the Orleans Independent Standard, 21 August, 1863.)

10. A Sermon occasioned by the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln: Preached at Coventry, 23 April, 1865. Brattleboro': 1865. Pp. 20, 8vo.

11. The Ecclesiastical History of Vermont: An Essay read before the General Convention of Vermont in Newbury, June, 1866. Pp. 7, 8vo.

12. Jonas Galusha, the Fifth Governor of Vermont: A Memoir read before tie Vermont Historical Society at Montpelier, October, 1806. Pp. 16,8vo.

13. Annals of Salem. 8vo. pp. 4.

14. A Sermon preached in Westminster, Vt., June 11, 1867, on the One Hundreth Anniversary of the Organisation of the Congregational Church. Bellows Falls: 1867. Pp. 27, 8vo.

15. Manual Congregational Church in Coventry. Montpelier: 1868. Pp. 19,8vo.

16. History of Newspapers in Orleans County. 1868. Pp. 4, 8vo.

17. History of the Congregational Churches of Orleans County, Vt.; with Biographical Notices of the Pastors and Native Ministers. Pp. 62, 8vo. 1868.

18. The Congregational Church in Westminster, Vt.: Its Pastors and Native Ministers. 1869. Pp. 20,8vo.

Mr. White was probably better acquainted with the personal history and peculiar characteristics of more Vermont men, than any man now living. He has left sketches of most of the leading men of the State, both clergymen and laymen, all carefully and systematically arranged.

At the time of his death, he was president of the Vermont Historical Society. He was deeply interested also in the cause of Christian missions, education and temperance, and as a pastor of the Congregational church in Coventry he was highly successful. He was a man of indefatigable industry, and bis loss to the world will be severely felt. He died of brain disease, after an illness of three weeks, occasioned undoubtedly by over exertion.

He was a member of the corporation of Middlcbury College, and received the honorary degree of Master of Arts from Amherst, Middlebury, and the University of Vermont.

He was chosen a resident member of this society 2 December, 1868.

[An extended memoir of Mr. White, read before the Vermont Historical Society by Henry Clarke, Esq., of Rutland, Vt., has been printed. Hid our space permit, we should be glad to publish it entire. It is a worthy tribute to a remarkable man.—Ed.]

Tolhan, Hon. Thomas.—Mr. Tolman was born in Stoughton, Mass., 20 February, 1791, and died in Boston, 20 June, 1869.

In tracing his descent for six generations we find that his ancestor, Thomas Tolman, was born in England in 1608-9, and came to this country with some of the first settlers in Dorchester. A copious genealogy of the family, wherein this early emigrant and his numerous descendants are described, was prepared by Mr. William B. Trask and published in the Register, ante, vol. xiv. page 247. The subject of this brief memoir was the son of Samuel, son of Johnson, son of Samuel, son of Thomas, whose father as just stated came from England.

Mr. Tolman was graduated at Brown University, in 1811; and the honorary degree of Master of Arte was conferred on him by Harvard University in 1822. Of his rank or attainments as a student at college we have no means of knowing; but that the acquisitions he then made were solid and durable, there can be no doubt. There is reason to believe he was a sound scholar, and, from his boyhood, thorough in whatever he undertook. I find, however, that when he took his degree in 1811 ne delivered a "Poem on Social Intercourse."

On leaving college he went to Georgetown, then a flourishing seaport in SouthCarolina, and the shire-town of the county, and entered the office of Mr. Mitchell, under whose tuition he pursued his legal studies, until admitted at Charleston to practise in the courts ol that state. In the mean time he was engaged as an editor of a newspaper, for the means of defraying his expenses. We are not informed whether he ever practised law in Carolina ; but he opened an office in Canton, Mass.,

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