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Title Letter [manuscript]: [Deerfield, Mass.], to the Superior of the Jesuits in the College of Quebec [Jean Baptiste de Saint Pé], [1747 Dec.]
Author Ashley, Jonathan (1712-1780)
Document Type Correspondence
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: December, 1747, letter from Jonathan Ashley to Jean Baptiste de Saint Pé, then superior of the Jesuit missions in New France and rector of the Jesuit college in Quebec, thanking him for his kindness to the Rev. John Norton during his captivity. Ashley also mentions his fear of "falling into the hands of the barbarous Indians" and requests Saint Pé’s assistance in redeeming an unnamed boy captive taken from Deerfield.
Names Norton, John (1715-1778); Saint Pé, Jean Baptiste de (1686-1770)
Places Deerfield, Massachusetts, United States; Québec, Canada
Keywords captive, captivity, religion, Christianity, Jesuit, King George's War, war, military, New France
Theme Missionaries and Education; Military Encounters: Conflicts, Rebellions and Alliances
Culture Area Subarctic, Northeast
Additional Information

Congregational clergyman, American loyalist and graduate of Yale College, Jonathan Ashley was pastor at Deerfield, Mass., 1732-1780. He was the first cousin of Joseph Ashley.

Reverend John Norton was chaplain at Fort Massachusetts at the time of its capture by a force of French and Indians and was taken to Canada, where he remained until exchanged in August, 1747.

Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 33
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue