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affairs the poor people of this country have at present to engage in, and to rebuke all our enemies, desiring you would give us advice from time to time of the occurrences with you.
Gentlemen, your humble servant,
ISAAC ADDINGTON, Secr'y. Per order of the Convention.
Dated as above said.
Attest EBENEZER PROUT, Clerk. Consented to by the Governor and Council 29th June, 1689.
ISAAC ADDINGTON, Secr'y. For Messrs Richard Martyn, Wm. Vaughan, Richard Waldron &c. at Portsmouth, these with all speed.
This paper is endorsed,
“Despatched upon Saturday the 29th of June '89, at 12 o'clock at noon."
Accompanying the above is the draft of a letter which we suppose was written by the Governor:
Gentlemen,- We have read yours informing Gods sever humbling hand suffering the enemy with so much violence and rage to destroy and lay waste before them on so sudden a surprisal. We must all say the Lord is righteous: we have sinned. It is not as you well know, in our power to direct in your matters authoritatively, but as friends, and under our (one) prince, are ready, to our utmost to yield our assistance in helping you with ammunition or anything in our power, men or moneys. It remains with yourselves to meet and consider your own circumstances and put yourselves in such a way (if not so at present) as may accomodate the present emergency in the best manner ye may, and then let us know what you desire and we shall serve you to our power.
Our present circumstances do not advantage us to impress men, or levy money, but must do as we can. God help us all to humble ourselves under Gods mighty hands.
Aid was immediately dispatched to Cochecho, though no further attack was then made.
From Capt. Gerrish's Garrison at Cochechae, 5th July, 1689. May it please your Honrs.
On Wensday evening Majr Appleton wth between 40 and 50 men (most of Ipswich) Arrived here accompaned with Major Pike and yesterday morning wth wt additional force we could make, marcht into the woods upon the track of the enemy abt 12 miles to make what Discovery they could, but returned in ye evening without any further Discovery Save ye dead body of one of the captive men they carried hence, nor since or last has any of the enemy been seen hereabout, the fear we shall not long be quiet but doubtless the main body are with drawn to a considerable distance.
We cannot but gratefully acknowledge yor honors Favour in taking such care for or relief and Assistance, & are bold heartily to pray the continuance of the same wth out wch we cannot possibly Subsist in or last wee humbly offerd or opinion of the necessity of a small pty of men whereby or people may be enabled to preserve their selves and cattle & the sd Souldiers ready upon any assault here or elsewhere to march to their assistance, wch wee are comonly too late for. Wee have obtained of Majr Appleton with his compa. (who wd not stay wth out him) to continue wth us at present (the rest being Volunteers wd be under no command & soe are all wth drawn) & must beg upon his removal another Supply else sd people will be utterly discourg'd & necessitated to quitt their Stations at last for or neighbrs hereabt can yield us noe assistance expecting daily ye Enemies assault on ym, soe are standing on their own Guard. We beg pdon for this trouble & remain Much Honrd, yor most humble Seryts
The preceding letter is in Waldron's handwriting.
The following was from Major Appleton, commander of the soldiers sent to the relief of the Cochecho:
COCHECHO 14th July, 1689. Much Honrd.
I have yors of 11th Inst where in you are pleased to advise (upon my removall) to leave the imprest men here under the conduct of Lift Greenleaf: now you may please to know yt of Imprest men here are only 10 from Salem and 6 from Rowley wch with the 20 that came last make but 36 and Mr Greenleaf not being here know not his inclination to this affair & should I leave these 36 they are
so ung covjernable would Doe but little service, for Newbery men here are none those that came were Volunteers and forthwith more Willingly returned home. So that I humbly propose in order to serving the people that are here left to prserving the place that an addition of [34 ?] men to these 36 wth a Discreet conduct may suffice at present for this place, wch I beg yor Honrs to consider and faver me with an answer forth with for besides the afflicting Providence of God upon my family befor I came from hence in bereaving me of two children, I have just now advice of the death of a third together with the indisposition of my wife & the exterordinary illness of another of my children all which necessitates my hasting home, however I am so Disposed to the Defence of the countrey and the preservation of this place in order to it yt am very unwilling to give ye people of this place any Discouragement by my removal till I have yor Honors answer hereto wch I humbly pray you to hasten wth all expedition and if you se cause to send yor possetive order for the stay of these men of Salem & Rowley that were Imprest men, who are full of expectation of returning home wth me. As to the enemy we have had no appearance of any considerable number, but sundery skulking rougues are Daily Seen both here (,) at Kittery & Oyste River, or employment here hath been to range the Wods an to guard & assist the people in getting in their corn which we are still Daily psuing. This wth my Humble service is all at Psent. from your Humble servt.
[Col. N. H. Hist. Soc., vol. iii. p. 43.] Extracts from the Journal of Rev. John Pike, the fourth settled
Minister of Dover, 1690.
“ March 18. Salmon Falls was surprised by the Indians and French, just after the manner of Cochecho-(1689). The whole place was destroyed by fire; 27 persons slain, and 52 carried captive.
July 4. Seven persons were slain, and a lad taken at Lamprey River. July 5. The enemy advancing towards Exeter, set upon Hilton's Garrison, which Lt. Bancroft endeavoring to relieve, 8 or 9 of his men were slain. July 6. Captain Floyd fought the
enemy at Wheelwright's pond, but was forced to retire, with the loss of 16 men. July 7. The enemy came down upon Amesbury, took Capt. Foot alive, killed Philip Rowell, and two more.
Aug. 22. Phenehas Hull with his wife, and Robert Young, travelling betwixt York and Kittery, the said Young was killed by the Indians, and Hull's wife taken, but himself escaped.
Sept. 14. Amariscoggin fort taken on Sabbath day. Sept. 22. Fight at Mequoit near Casco, the enemy fled, after they had by surprise and ambushes slain and wounded 32 of our men; 8 of whom were killed, rest wounded.
1691/2 January 25. Monday, ten o'clock in the morning, the Indians fell upon York, killed about 48 persons, whereof the Rev. Mr. Dummer was one, and carried captive 73.
Sept. 28. David Hamilton, Henry Childe, &c. were slain by Indians at Nuvichawannock. Sept. 29, — Many persons, to the number of 20 or 21 killed and carried away at Sandy Beach.
Some time in July or August, this year, the French and Indians came upon the English forces under the conduct of Capt. John March, Capt. Daniel King, Capt. Samuel Shelburne, &c. at a place called Mequoit, when most of the soldiers were gone aboard the vessels; the officers on shore had a sharp conflict with them, but were forced to retire on shipboard, with the loss of Capt. Sherburne and some others. Lt. John Allen was here wounded, with many more."
Commission of Gov. Samuel Allen, with Instruc
WILLIAM and MARY, by the Grace of God of England, Scotland,
France and Ireland, King and Queen, Defenders of the Faith, &c.,
To our trusty and well beloved SAMUEL ALLEN, Esq., GREETING.
WEE reposing especial trust and confidence in the prudence, courage and loyalty of you, the said Samuel Allen, out of our especial grace and certain knowledge and mere motion, have thought fit to Constitute and Appoint, and by these Presents do constitute and appoint you, the said Samuel Allen, to be Our Governor and Commander-in-Chief of all that part of Our Province of New Hampshire, within Our Dominion of New England, in America, lying and extending itself from three miles northward of Merrimac River or any part thereof unto the Province of Maine, with the south part of the Isle of Shoals; and we do hereby require and command you to do and execute all things in due manner that shall belong unto your said Command and the trust we have reposed in you, according to the several powers of directions granted or appointed you by this present Commission, and the Instructions herewith given you, or by any further powers or Instructions which shall at any time hereafter be granted or appointed you under our Signet or Sign manual, and according to such reasonable Laws and Statutes as now are or hereafter shall be made and agreed upon by you, with the advice and consent of Our Council, and the Assembly of our said Province and Plantation, under your Government, in such manner and form as is hereafter expressed. And we do hereby give full power to you, the said Samuel Allen, after you shall have first taken the oath for the due Execution of the office and trust of our Governor and Commanderin-Chief in and over our said Province of New Hampshire (which the said Council, or any five of them, have hereby full power and authority, and are required to administer unto you) to give and administer to each of the members of our said Council, as well the oaths appointed by act of Parliament to be taken instead of the oaths of Allegiance and Supremacy, as the test and Oath for the due Execution of their places and trust. And we do hereby give unto you full power and authority to suspend any of the members of