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whom they had lived on terms of mutual good will, were soon to become their bitter enemies: desolation was to spread over the fair inheritance: fire and the tomahawk, torture and death, were soon to be busy in annibilating all the comforts of domestic life.

The tribe of the Nashaways, when the country was first settled, was under the chief Sachem of the Massachusetts. Gookin, who wrote in 1674, says, “they have been a great people in former times; but of late years have been consumed by the Maquas* wars, and other ways, and are now not above fifteen or sixteen families.t" He probably referred to the setttlement at Wasbacum alone.There were Indians in various parts of the town at that time; in fact so large a part of the tribe, as would, perhaps, swell tbe whole number to twenty five or thirty families, or from one hundred and fifty, to one bundred and eighty persons. This miserable remnant, that was rapidly wasting way by intemperance, which, at this day, destroys its thousands, was under the influence of the master spirit, Philip. Whilst Gooking with Wattasacompanum, ruler of the Nip mucks, was at Pakachoog, in Sept. 1674, be sent Jethrot of Natick, one of the most distinguished of the converted Indians, who, in general, made but sorry shristians, to Nashaway, to preach to his countrymen, whom Eliot had never visited. One of the tribe happened to be present at the Court, and declared “that he was desirously willing as well as some other of his people to pray to God: but that there were sundry of that people very wicked, and much addicted to drunkenness, and thereby many disorders were committed amongst them ;” and he intreated Gookin to put forth his power, to suppress this vice. He was asked, “ whether he would take upon him the office of constable, and receive power to apprehend drunkards, and take away their strength from them, and bring the delinquents before the court to receive punishment.” Probably apprehending some difficulty from his brethren, if he should accept the appointment at the time, he answered, “ that he would first speak with his friends, and if they chose him, and strengthened his hand in the work, he would come for a black staff and power."

It is not known that Jethro's exhortations produced any effect.

A fierce tribe residing about fifty miles beyond Albany and towards the lakes.

+1 Mass. Hist. Col. I. 193.

Gookin gave Jethro a letter directed to the Indians, exhorting them to keep the sabbath and to abstain from drunkenness, powowing, &c. At this time and for many years after Gookin was superintendant of all the Indians under the government of Massachusetts.

The conspiracy that in the following summer lighted up the flames of war, was secretly spreading, and but little opportunity existed, to improve the condition of the Nashaways. At this time, Sagamore Shoshanim* was at the head of the tribe. He possessed, it appears, a hostile feeling, and a vindictive spirit against the English. He joined heart and hand in the measures of Philip. He probably engaged early in the war, and took an active part in the attack upon his former friends. James Quanapaug, who was sent out by the English, as a spy, in Jan. 1676, (N. S.) relates that Shoshanim was out with the hostile Indians in the neighborhood of Mennimesseg, about 20 miles north of the Connecticut path. Robert Pepper was his prisoner. Philip was in the neighborhood of Fort Aurania, (Albany) and was probably on bis return to Mennimesseg. This circumstance, taken in connection with the positive declaration of Rev. Mr. Harrington, in his Century Sermon, and the frequent mention made of him by Mrs. Rowlandson, shows pretty conclusively that he had the powerful force that overwhelmed Lancaster. I fiod in a scarce pampblet, entitled a “ Brief and true Narrative of the late wars risen in New England," printed late in 1675, that the report was current, that Philip bad “ fled to the French at Canada for succor." And Cotton Mather says, that the French from Canada sent recruits to aid in the war. Philip probably returned early in the winter with the recruits. Whilst Quapapaug was at Mennimesseg, one eyed Johot (an Indian every whit,) told him that in about twenty days from the Wednesday preceding, “they were to fall upon Lancaster, Groton, Marlborough, Sudbury, and Medfield, and that the first thing they would do, would be to cut down Lancaster bridge, so as to hinder the flight of the lohabitants, and prevent assistance from coming to them."| The war broke out in June, 1675, by an attack upon Swansey, as I should have stated before. On the 22nd day of August, the same summer, eight persons were killed in Lancaster. On the 10th (O. S.) of February following, early in the morning, the Wamponoags, led by Philip, accompanied by the Narrhagansetts, his allies, and also by the Nip

Sam was his name in the vernacular. He succeeded Matthew, who, as Mr. Harrington relates, always conducted himself well towards the English, as did his predecessor, Sholan. Shoshamin, after the war, was executed at Boston. See post.

+ Or John Monoco.

1. Mass. Hist. Col. I. 206, 207 and 208.

George Bennett, a grandson of Richard Linton ; William Flagg; Jacob Farrar; Joseph Wheeler ; Mordacai McLoad, bis wife, and two children.

whom they had lived on terms of mutual good will, were soon to become their bitter enemies : desolation was to spread over the fair inheritance: fire and the tomahawk, torture and death, were soon to be busy in annibilating all the comforts of domestic life.

The tribe of the Nashaways, when the country was first settled, was under the chief Sachem of the Massachusetts. Gookin, who wrote in 1674, says, “they have been a great people in former times ; but of late years have been consumed by the Maquas* wars, and other ways, and are now not above fifteen or sixteen families.t" He probably referred to the setttlement at Washacum alone.There were Indians in various parts of the town at that time ; in fact so large a part of the tribe, as would, perhaps, swell the whole number to twenty five or thirty families, or from one hundred and fifty, to one hundred and eighty persons. This miserable remnant, that was rapidly wasting way by intemperance, which, at this day, destroys its thousands, was under the influence of the master spirit, Philip. Whilst Gookin, with Wattasacompanum, ruler of the Nipmucks, was at Pakachoog, in Sept. 1674, he sent Jethrof of Natick, one of the most distinguished of the converted Indians, who, in general, made but sorry christians, to Nashaway, to preach to his countrymen, whom Eliot had never visited. One of the tribe happened to be present at the Court, and declared “ that he was desirously willing as well as some other of his people to pray to God: but that there were sundry of that people very wicked, and much addicted to drunkenness, and thereby many disorders were committed amongst them;" and he intreated Gookin to put forth his power, to suppress this vice.

He was asked, " whether he would take upon him the office of constable, and receive power to apprehend drunkards, and take away their strength from them, and bring the delinquents before the court to receive punishment.” Probably apprehending some difficulty from his brethren, if he should accept the appointment at the time, he answered, “ that he would first speak with his friends, and if they chose him, and strengthened his hand in the work, he would come for a black staff and power."

It is not known that Jethro's exhortations produced any effect.

* A fierce tribe residing about fifty miles beyond Albany and towards the lakes.

+1 Mass. Hist. Col. I. 193.

Gookin gave Jethro a letter directed to the Indians, exhorting them to keep the sabbath and to abstain from drunkenness, powowing, &c. At this time and for many years after Gookin was superintendant of all the Indians under the government of Massachusetts.

The conspiracy that in the following summer lighted up the flames of war, was secretly spreading, and but little opportunity existed, to improve the condition of the Nashaways. At this time, Sagamore Shoshanim* was at the head of the tribe. He possessed, it appears, a hostile feeling, and a vindictive spirit against the English. He joined heart and hand in the measures of Philip. He probably engaged early in the war, and took an active part in the attack upon his former friends. James Quanapaug, who was sent out by the English, as a spy, in Jan. 1676, (N. S.) relates that Shoshanim was out with the hostile Indians in the neighborhood of Menpimesseg, about 20 miles north of the Connecticut path. Robert Pepper was bis prisoner. Philip was in the neighborhood of Fort Aurania, (Albany) and was probably on his return to Mennimesseg. This circumstance, taken in connection with the positive declaration of Rev. Mr. Harrington, in his Century Sermon, and the frequent mention made of bim by Mrs. Rowlandson, shows pretty conclusively that he had the powerful force that overwhelmed Lancaster. I find in a scarce pamphlet, entitled a “ Brief and true Narrative of the late wars risen in New England," printed late in 1675, that the report was current, that Philip had “ fled to the French at Canada for succor." And Cotton Mather says, that the French from Canada sent recruits to aid in the war. Philip probably returoed early in the winter with the recruits. Whilst Quanapaug was at Mennimesseg, one eyed John,t (an Indian every whity) told him that in about twenty days from the Wednesday preceding, “they were to fall upon Lancaster, Groton, Marlborough, Sudbury, and Medfield, and that the first thing they would do, would be to cut down Lancaster bridge, so as to hinder the flight of the lohabitants, and prevent assistance from coming to them."I The war broke out in June, 1675, by an attack upon Swansey, as I should have stated before. On the 22nd day of August, the same summer, eight persons were killed in Lancaster. On the 10th (O. S.) of February following, early in the morning, the Wamponoags, led by Philip, accompanied by the Narrhagansetts, his allies, and also by the Nip

* Sam was his name in the vernacular. He succeeded Matthew, who, as Mr. Harrington relates, always conducted himself well towards the English, as did his predecessor, Sholan. Shoshamin, after the war, was executed at Boston. See post.

+ Or John Monoco.
$1. Mass. Hist. Col. I. 206, 207 and 208.

ý George Bennett, a grandson of Richard Linton ; William Flagg; Jacob Farrar; Joseph Wheeler ; Mordacai McLoad, bis wife, and two children.

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mucs and Nashaways, whom his artful eloquence bad persuaded to
join with him, made a desperate attack upon Lancaster. His forc-
es consisted of 1500* men, who invested the town“ in five distinct
bodies and places.” There were at that time more than fifty fam-
ilies in Lancaster. After killing a number of persons in different
parts of the town, they directed their course to the houses of Mr.
Rowlandson, the clergyman of the place. The house was pleasant-
ly situated on the brow of a small hill, commanding a fine view of
the valley of the north branch of the river, and the ampitheatre of
hills to the west, north and east. It was filled with soldiers and in-
habitants to the number of forty two, and was guarded only in front,
not like the other garrisons, with flankers at the opposite angles.-
6 Quickly” says Mrs. Rowlandson "it was the dolefullest day that
ever mine eyes saw." The house was defended with determined
bravery upwards of two hours. The enemy, after several unsuc-
cessful attempts to set lire to the building, filled a cart with com-
bustable matter, and approached in the rear, where there was no
fortification. In this way, the house was soon enveloped in flames.
The inhabitants finding further resistance useless were compelled
at length to surrender, to avoid perishing in the ruins of the build-
ing.|| No other garrison was destroyed but that of Mr. Rowland-

One man only escaped.** The rest twelve in number,ft were either put to death on the spot, or were reserved for torture. Of

* Hutchinson says several hundred. I have taken the number given by Mr. Harrington, who says it was confessed by the Indians themselves after

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+I can ascertain but three of these places, viz. Wheeler's garrison, at Wataquodoc hill, now S. West part of Bolton. Here they killed Jopas and Joshua Fairbanks and Richard Wheeler. Wheeler had been in town about 15 years. The second was Prescott's garrison, near Poignard & Plant's Manufactory. Ephraim Sawyer was killed here ; and Henry Farrar and (John ?) Ball and his wife in vther places. The third was Mr. Rowlandson's.

I This house was about one third of a mile south west of the Church. The cellar was filled up only a few years since. Where the garden was, are a number of very aged trees, more or less decayed. These, I doubt not, date back to the time of Mr. Rowlandson.

So says Harrington. But Hubbard relates that the “ fortification was on the back side of the building, but covered up with fire wood, and the Indiavs got near and burnt a leanto." Edition 1677.

ll on the authority of Hubbard, I state, that the Indiaps destroyed about one half of the buildings.

* Ephraim Roper.

++ Ensign Divoll, Abraham Joslin, Daniel Gains, Thomas Rowlandson, William and Joseph Kerley, John McLoad, John Kettle and two sons, Josial Divoll. Instead of giving the twelfth name, Mr. Harrington puts down"&c.” The name therefore must rest, in nubibus.

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