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Title Gurdon Saltonstall esqr govr and commander in chief of His Majesties colony of Connecticut in New England to John Williams gentl., greeting [manuscript]…
Author Saltonstall, Gurdon (1666-1724)
Date
Document Type Official Record
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Commission issued July 9, 1724, by the governor of Connecticut, Gurdon Saltonstall, appointing John Williams captain of a Connecticut company composed of English and Indians raised to defend the frontiers against Indian depradations.
Names Williams, Captain, John
Places Hartford, Connecticut, New England, United States
Keywords British Colonialism, British North America, colonialism, armed forces, army, war, warfare
Theme American Indians and the European Powers
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Northeast
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FULL TITLE: Gurdon Saltonstall esqr govr and commander in chief of His Majesties colony of Connecticut in New England to John Williams gentl., greeting [manuscript]: I do by these presents constitute and appoint you to be captain of a foot company consisting of English and Indians raised in this colony for defence of the frontiers against Indians...

In the early 1720’s, the Abnaki Indians of northern New England, alarmed at the advance of colonial settlement, ignited what is known as Dummer’s War. Although northern and eastern New England were most affected by the conflict, all the frontiers were threatened by guerrilla-style Indian attacks.

Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 182
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue