LETTER CONCERNING THE ILL TREATMENT OF
THE CITIZENS OF NOBLE TOWN (1766)
Susan Mulvey 14 June 2000
Webpage by Cliff Lamere Jan 2001
Source: Massachusetts State Archives, The Felt Collection, Volume 6, Page 328-330
Town 25th of July 1766
May it please
When I waited on your Excellency at Boston To acquaint you and the Honrble his Majesty’s Council with the ill Treatment the inhabitants of Noble Town met with from the people of New York Government Your Excellency and the council was pleafed to put me under Oath to the declaration I then made of the engagement that happened a little before between some people belonging to the Province of New York and the inhabitants of Noble Town and I know that what I said on the affair is the truth. But as I expect that some will be found wicked enough To Testify otherways who were the authors of the murders then committed I Judged it my duty as I was but a single evidence and as some persons were present only as spectators of what would happen To take their testimonies and send them to your Excellency so that if the otherside should endevour by contrary evidence To induce your Excellency to imagine I had not spoken truth these evidences may remove such difficulties and enable your Excellency to judge how the case truly stands with respect to those murders: We are a ruined people unless some kind patron who is able to help us will interpose for our relief. It was by the doings of the Government of the
Massachusetts Bay that the Inhabitants of Noble
Town settled those Lands we actually settled by order and under the patronage of
said Government and purchafed those Lands of the General courts committee and
received privileges and did duty in the county of Hampshire for some Time and
should to this day have so done had not the Government have neglected us and
left us a pray To our enemies from
whom no people ever Suffered more effectual destruction from Savages.
We do wish if it were pofsible we might be again within the Government To
which we do most properly belong, and if the Great and general court would
accept of us and put us To the county of Berkshire we doubt not but it would
still our enemies and we should be able To maintain the ground.
We leave it with your Excellencys wisdom and goodnefs what can or will be
done for our Salvation from utter ruin.
am Your Excellencys Most Dutifull
and Obedient Humble Servant.
his Excellency Francis Bernard Esq.1
[signed] William Kellogg1
State Archives, The Felt Collection, Volume 6, Pages 328-330, read on 14 June
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