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Palmer Sent Back to England

[Feb 1690]

"In the mean time the acting authorities in Massachusetts had sullenly obeyed the royal command to send to England, to answer "what may be objected against them," Andros, Dudley, Palmer, Randolph, West, Graham, Farewell, and Sherlock, whom they had kept in close confinement. The prisoners were meanly shipped on board the deeply-laden bark Mehitable, in which they "endured all the miseries of a troublesome winter voyage." But three days before the Mehitable sailed, Cooke and Oakes were dispatched in the Martin, as special agents of the insurgents, to assist Mather and Ashurst, on the part of Massachusetts. With them sailed Wiswall, of Plymouth, who was "an artist at sea." When Andros and his fellow-prisoners appeared before the Plantation Committee, they were ready to charge Massachusetts with "rebellion against lawful authority, and imprisoning the King's Governor."

[in footnote at bottom of p. 629]
While imprisoned in Boston, Palmer drew up his "Impartial Account," which he could circulate there only in manuscript, it "being branded with the hard name of a Treasonable and seditious libel;" but, on reaching more liberal London, he had it printed "for Edward Poole, at the Ship, over against the Royal Exchange, in Cornhill, in 1690." Palmer's "Account" has been reprinted in the Andros Tracts, together with an answer to it, entitled "The Revolution in New England Justified," which also makes No. 9 of Force's Tract, iv."

p. 629

History of the State of New York
John Romeyn Brodhead,
Second Volume
First Edition
New York:
Harper & Brothers, Publishers,
Frannklin Square.


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