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Title Proclamation [manuscript]: Boston, [Mass.], 1696 July 14
Author Church, Benjamin (1639-1718)
Date
Document Type Official Record
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: July 14, 1696, proclamation made by Benjamin Church to encourage volunteers to enlist as "private sentinels" on his fourth expedition against the French and Indians, which sailed for Portsmouth, Me., and St. John, Nova Scotia (later New Brunswick) a month later. Church pledges that enlisted men act like soldiers will share equally with the officers the proceeds from scalp money, prisoners, and plunder.
Places Boston, Massachusetts, Portsmouth, New England, United States; Saint John, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Canada
Keywords proclamation, expedition, French and Indian Wars, mercenary, King William’s War, militia, army
Theme American Indians and the European Powers; Military Encounters: Conflicts, Rebellions and Alliances; First Nations of Canada
Culture Area Northeast
Additional Information Soldier. Born in Plymouth, Mass., Benjamin Church was a veteran of King Philip’s War. From 1689 through 1704, during King George’s and Queen Anne’s wars, he commanded five Massachusetts expeditions to the east against the French and Indians.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 161
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue