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'aged about fifty-four years, John Growt, senior, aged near
'Thomas Browne and John Goodenow, two of the sub'scribers above, having received this declaration from John 'James the Indian, we thought it our duty forthwith to inform 'authority, and did with the Indian presently go to Watertown 'to justice Bond, where the said John James did voluntarily 'give his testimony before the said justice Bond, which after he 'had taken, the said justice Bond ordered us the said Thomas 'Browne and John Goodenow to make our appearance before
• the governor Sir Edmund Androsse, or one of the council 'with the Indian, which accordingly we did, when we came to 'the governor's house; after long waiting in a very wet and 'cold season, we were admitted unto the governor's presence,
• where we were detained until eleven or twelve o'clock at 'night, and after a very unkind treat, we humbly prayed his 'excellency, he would please to discharge us of the Indian, but 'he told us no, and joaked us, saying, we were a couple of brave 'men, and had the command, one of a troop of horse, and the 'other a company of foot, and could we not know what to do 'with a poor Indian? Further, he asked us what money we 'gave the Indian to tell us such news, and commanded us still 'to take care of the Indian till his pleasure was to call for us
'again, and this as we would answer it. Thus being severely 'chidden out of his presence, we were forced with the Indian to 'seek our quarters where we could find them. The next 'morning we were preparing to go home again to. Sudbury '(being twenty miles or more) being Saturday, we were again 'sent for by the governor, by a messenger, to wait on the go
* vernor, with the Indian, which we did, and waited at the ex'change or council-house in Boston, from nine o'clock in the 'morning till three of the clock in the afternoon, where in the 'face of the country we were made to wait upon the Indian with 'many squibs and scoffs that we met withal; at last we were 'commanded up before the governor and his council, where we 'were examined apart over and over, and about the sun-setting
* were granted leave to go home, it being the evening before 'the Sabbath.
'On Monday morning following, being the 25th of March,
* 1689, Jacob Moore, Joseph Graves, Joseph Curtis, Joseph 'Moore, Obadiah Ward, were by Thomas Larkin as a mes'senger fetched down to Boston, where after examination,
* Jacob Moore was committed to close prison. Joseph Moore, 'Joseph Graves, Joseph Curtis, and Obadiah Ward were sent 'home again, paying the said Larkin twelve shillings per man.
* On the next Monday morning after, being the first day of 'April 1689, Samuel Gookin the sheriff of Middlesex and his 'deputy came up to Sudbury, and commanded Thomas Browne, *' John Goodenow senior, John Growt senior, Jonathan Stan'hope, John Parmiter, forthwith to appear at Boston, at Colonel 'Page's house, but it being a wet and cold day, we were de'tained at judge Dudley's house at Roxbury, where after long 'waiting, had the kindness shewn us, to have an examination 'every man apart before judge Dudley, judge Stoughton, Mr. 'Graham and others, and were bound over to answer at the 'next superiour court to be held at Boston, what should there
* be objected against us upon his majesty's account. Thomas 'Browne, John Goodenow, senior, John Growt, senior, were 'each of them bound over in three hundred pound bonds, and
* each man two sureties in three hundred pound bond^a piece. 'John Parmiter and Jonathan Stanhope, were bound in a hun'dred pound a piece, besides the loss of our time and hindrance
* of our business, the reproach and ignominy of bond and im
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'prisonment, we shall only take the boldness to give a true ac' 'count of what money we were forced to expend out of our own 'purses as followedl, to the sheriff, and other necessary charges.
Although no man does accuse Sir Edmund meerly upon Indian testimony, yet let it be duly weighed (the premises considered) whether it might not create suspicion and an astonishment in the people of New-England, in that he did not punish the Indians who thus charged him, bat the English who complained of them for it. And it is certain, that some very good and wise men in New-England do verily believe that he was deeply guilty in this matter, especially considering what might pass between him and Hope Hood an Indian, concerning which Mr. Thomas Danforth the present deputy-governor at Boston in New-Englnnd, in a letter bearing date April 1, 1690, writeth thus:—
'The commander in chief of those that made this spoil, (i. e.) 'the spoil which was made in the province of Maine on the '18th of March last, is Hope Hood an Indian, one that was 'with sundry other Indians in the summer 1668 seized by some 'of Sir Edmund's justices and commanders in the province of 'Maine, and sent prisoners to Boston, Sir Edmund being then 'at the westward, where he continued absent many weeks; 'upon his return finding the Indians in prison, fell into a great 'rage against those gentlemen that had acted therein, declared 'his resolution to set them at liberty and calling his council 'together, was by some opposed therein, and among others, one 'gentleman of the council accused this Hope Hood to be a 'bloody rogue, and added, that he, the said Hope Hood, had
threatened 'threatened his life, and therefore prayed Sir Edmund that he 'might not be enlarged, but Sir Edmund made a flout and scorn 'of all that could be said. At the same time some of the 'council desired Sir Edmund that this Hope Hood might be 'sent for before the council, to which he replied, that he never 'had had a quarter of an hour's conference with any of them, 'and that he scorned to discourse with any heathen of them all, 'yet all this notwithstanding, at the same time whilst the coun'cil was thus met, did Sir Edmund privately withdraw himself, 'and repair to the prison where this Hope Hood was prisoner, 'and did there continue with him two or three hours in private, 'the truth of what is above related is attested by sundry gen'tlemen that were of Edmund's council, and were then ear 'witnesses, and likewise by others that saw Sir Edmund at the 'prison; and as it is now verily believed that at that very time 'he consulted the mischief that is now acted by the said Hope
* Hood and company.' Thus Mr. Danforth.
9. That Sir Edmund Androsse discountenanced making defence against the Indians, is complained of by five gentlemen who were of his council, and much concerned at his strange actings in that matter as in the account annexed to this apology is to be seen. It is also confirmed by the Affidavits of two honest men, viz.
'Henry Kerley aged about fifty-seven years and Thomas
* How aged thirty-five years or thereabouts, both inhabitants 'of the town of Marlborough, do both testify that in the fall of 'the year, 1688, when Sir Edmund Androsse came from New'York to Boston sometime after the Indians had killed some 'Englishmen at North-field in New-England, coming through
* our town of Marlborough, the said Sir Edmund Androsse ex'amined this deponent Henry Kerley by what order we did 'fortify and garrison our houses, I answered it was by order of 'Captain Nicholson, the said Sir Edmund then said, he had no
* power so to do. He the said Sir Edmund examined what arms 'we made use of, and carried with us on the watch, and what 'charge was given us, answer was made by the deponant, they 'carried fire arms, and the charge was to keep a true watch, to 'examine all we met with, and secure suspicious persons that 'we met with, the said Sir Edmund said, what if they will not 'be secured, and what if you should kill them; answer was 'made by the deponant, that if we should kill them, we were in 'our way, then Mr. Randolph being there in the company said,
you 'you are in the way to be hanged. Sir Edmund Androsse said « further, that those persons that had left their houses, to dwell 'in garrisons, if they would not return, others should be put in 'that would live there.
'Bos<on the 27th of Decern. '1689. Jur. Henry Kerley,
'and the 2d of January 1689, Henry Kerley.
'Jur. Thomas How. Thomas How.
'Cor. Is. Addington, Assistant.'
That Sir Edmund's high sheriff was a stranger in the country, and one that had no estate there needs no proof, and that strangers who had no freehold, were impannelled for Jurors is notoriously known. So it was in the case of the lpswichmen as hath been noted, and when that reverend person Mr. Charles Morton, was causelesly and maliciously prosecuted, he was not only compelled to answer (contrary to law) in another county, and not in that wherein the good sermon they found fault with, was preached, but that if possible, they might give him a blow, there was summoned to serve as a jury man, one John Gibson no housholder nor of any estate or credit, and one John Levingsworth a brick-layer, who lived in another colony two hundred miles distance. When those in government will use such base artijices as these to accomplish their pernicious designs, how should any man's estate or life be secure under him?
11. That the persons objected against, were some of them guilty of great extortion is manifest from what has been related, and may yet be further proved, for (as by some instances we have already seen, and shall now hear more) they compelled men to take patents for their own lands, which they and their fathers before them, had quietly possessed till these covetous creatures became a nusance to the country, and it may be, none more criminal, as to this particular, than Mr. Palmer and Mr. West. A friend of their own, viz. Mr. Randolph, does in several of his Letters bitterly complain of them upon this account. In a letter of his of August the 25th, 1687, he writeth thus:
'I believe all the inhabitants in Boston will be forced to take 'grants and conformations of their lands, as now intended, the 'inhabitants of the province of Maine which will bring in vast 'profits to Mr. West, he taking what fees he pleases to de