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GOOKIN'S HISTORY OF THE CHRISTIAN INDIANS.
No. I. — See page 476. To the Honourable the Govournour and Councill of the Massachusetts Colony, Assembled at Boston this
of June 1676:
The humble petition of Andrew Pittimee, Quanahpohkit, alias James Rumney Marsh, John Magus, and James Speen, officers unto the Indian souldiers, now in your service, with the consent of the rest of the Indian souldiers being about eighty men;
Humbly imploreth your favour and mercies to be extended to some of the prisoners taken by us, (most of them) near Lanchaster, Marlborough, &c: In whose behalf we are bold to supplicate your Honoures. And wee have three reasons for this our humble supplication; first, because the persons we beg pardon for, as we are informed, are innocent; and have not done any wrong or injury unto the English, all this war time, only were against their wills, taken and kept among the enemy. Secondly, because it pleased your Honours to say to some of us, to encourage us to fidelity and activity in your service, that you would be ready to do any thing for us, that was fitt for us to ask and you to grant. Thirdly, that others that are out, and love the English, may be encouraged to come in. More that we humbly intercede for, is the lives and libertyes of those few of our poor friends and kindred, that, in this time of temptation and affliction, have been in the enemy's quarters; we hope it will be no griese of heart to you to shew mercy, and especially to such who have (as we conceive) done no wrong to the English. If wee did think, or had any ground to conceive that they were naught, and were enemies to the English, we would not intercede for them, but rather bear our testimony against them, as we have done. We have (especially some of us) been sundry times in your
service to the hazzard of our lives, both as spyes, messengers,
The persons we supplicate for, are Capt. Tom, his son Nehemiah, his wife and two children, John Uktuek, his wife and children, Maanuin and her child.
And if the Councill please not to answer our desires in granting the lives and liberties of all these, yeit if you shall please to grant us the women and children, it will be a favour unto us.
In answer to the Petition of James Quanhpohkit, James
Speen, Job, Andrew Pittimee, and Jno. Magus. Capt. Tom being a lawful prisoner at warr, there needs no further evidence for his conviction ; yet hee having had liberty to present his plea before the Councill why he should not be proceeded against accordingly, instead of presenting any thing that might alleviate bis withdrawing from the government of the English and joyning with the enemy, it doth appeare by sufficient evidence that hee was not only (as is credibly related by some Indians present with him) an instigator to others over whom he was by this government made a Captain, but also was actually present and an actor in the devastation of some of our plantations; and therefore it cannot consist with the honour and justice of authority to grant him a pardon.
Whereas the Council do, with reference to the faithful service of the Petitioners, grant them the lives of the women and
children by them mentioned. And, further, the Councill do hereby declair, that, as they shall be ready to show favour in sparing the lives and liberty of those that have been our enemys, on their comeing in and submission of themselves to the English Government and your disposal, the reality and complacency of the government towards the Indians sufficiently appearing in the provisions they have made, and tranquility that the Pequots have injoyed under them for over forty years; so also it will not be availeable for any to plead in favour for thein that they have been our friends while found and taken among our enemyes.
Further the Councill do hereby declare that none may expect priviledge bye his declaration, that come not in and submit themselves in 14 days next coming. By the Council,
Edw. Rawson, Clerke.
No. II. — See page 484. For the Honourable the Gouernor and Councill of Massachu
setts Colony, in New England. May it please your Honours,
I am bold at the intreaty of the wife of John Hoare, of Concord, to intercede with your honours, on the behalfe of herselfe and husband, (who posibly, upon some consideration, may deserve no great favours of you,) yet I presume upon arguements of justise and righteousnes; you will have no respect to persons, but doe that which is equall and right. It is upon this account that I move in this case.
It pleased your honours to appoint Major Willard, Mr. Eliot, and myselfe, as your comittee, to ride up to Concord and Chelmsford, about the middle of December last, to endeavour the settlement of the Nashobah Indians, (then at Concord,) under such care and conduct as might quiet and compose men's minds in those parts, at that juncture; yourselves finding, at that time, a great difficulty in that matter, because the Natick and Punkapog Indians being then at the Island, when they were attended with straits for fuelle and victulls, you were not willing to send more thither; now there was no man in Concord appered willing to take care of and secure those Indians, but Mr. John Hoare, whome the Counsill accepted and approved ;
and at that time, I remember, Mr. Hoare moved for two things: first, that hee and his family might bee free from impressment, and that the country rates, due at that time, should bee abated him; to which, as I apprehended, yourselves conceded; and when wee made a more particular settlement and conclusion of the matter at Concord, hee spake of the same matter, to which the Comittee answered, they aprehended that the Councill would not faile of their promise. This I know, that Mr. Hoare lay'd out a very considerable matter for the accommodating of the affaire, I beelieve five times as much as his rates, which is wholy lost to him; indeed, had the Indians beene continued with him, posibly they might have repayred his charge; but being taken from him after six or seven months cumber and care, hee lost much by it. My humble and earnest request is, that the first payment of eight rates, due when hee had the Indians under his care, may be remitted to his wife. This, I conceive, will not bee aboue three or four pounds. If you please to grant this, my request, I conceive you will doe a righteous act, and will obleige your seruant, to bee ready to serve you and the country, when
made in your name and in order to your service and the countries, shall be accomplished.
So, with my humble servise presented,
DANIEL GOOKIN, Sen. Cambridge, 30th of Nouember, 1676.
No. III. — See page 497. To the Honoured Governor and Councill assembled at Boston,
this 14th of January, 1675. John Hoar humbly sheweth,
That whereas, on a motion made by myself, by order of Major Willard, about the Nashoby Indians, viz. That they now do eat their own bread, which they are still content to do. 2. To help what they are capable to do, about building of an house sutable for to teach them in manufactures, which also they are still willing to do according to their abillities; which is, by the delay of not concluding the busines before winter, £30 damage to them and me, which I forbear to relate. 3. That 1,