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Title Letter [manuscript]: Fort Dummer, [Vt.], to Jonathan Ashley, Deerfield, [Mass.], 1746 June 13
Author Ashley, Joseph (1709-1797)
Document Type Correspondence
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: June 13, 1746, letter from Joseph Ashley at Fort Dummer, to his first cousin, Jonathan Ashley, a minister at Deerfield, Mass. Ashley refers to his continuing status as pastor at Winchester, though the settlement had dispersed, which made it impossible for him to accept another position. He also notes that he would not continue long as chaplain (presumably at Fort Dummer) and that "it is difficult to know at all times what is one’s duty to do". On the verso are Jonathan Ashley’s notes for a sermon delivered at Northfield and Deerfield in 1750, and at Greenfield in 1761.
Names Ashley, Joseph (1709-1797)
Places Arlington, New Hampshire, Winchester, Vermont, Fort Dummer, Deerfield, Northfield, Massachusetts, United States; Canada
Keywords King George's War, war, military, religion, sermon, settlement, fort
Theme Missionaries and Education; Military Encounters: Conflicts, Rebellions and Alliances
Culture Area Northeast
Additional Information Congregational clergyman and graduate of Yale College, Joseph Ashley assumed a pastorship in Arlington in 1736 (later named Winchester) in southwestern New Hampshire (now Vermont). In 1746, during King George’s War, the settlement was broken up by the Indians, but Ashley was not dismissed from his post until 1747. That year he was appointed to a ministry in Sunderland, Mass., where he remained until his death in 1797. He was the first cousin of Jonathon Ashley.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 34
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue