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Title Warrant [manuscript]: to the Constable of Chelmsford [Mass.], 1669 May 5
Author Gookin, Daniel (1612-1687)
Document Type Official Record
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Warrant issued by Daniel Gookin in May 1669 to the Constable of Chelmsford to apprehend Thomas Wilkinson and collect bond for his appearance at the next county court session in Charlestown. In the warrant Wilkinson and his family are accused of "absenting themselves from the publik worship of God" and stealing from an Indian named Jacob who lived in the village of Wamesit, one of the Praying Indian towns. The verso of the warrant contains Wilkinson’s affidavit regarding the bond and his appearance at the county court to face the described charges.
Places Chelmsford, Massachusetts, United States
Keywords law and order, law, Christianity, court, British North America, directive
Theme American Indians and the European Powers
Culture Area Northeast
Additional Information Daniel Gookin (1612-1687), colonist, soldier, magistrate and ardent Puritan settled in Massachusetts in 1644 and held various positions in the colonial government. He was greatly interested in the welfare of the Indians who had been converted to Christianity and served as Superintendent of the Praying Indians within the jurisdiction of Massachusetts from 1656 to 1686. Gookin devoted much energy and personal expense in carrying out his duties which included maintaining general order, issuing warrants, giving instructions, and imposing penalities.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 329
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue