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Title Letter [manuscript]: Redding [Pa.], to Richard Peters, [Philadelphia, Pa.], 1756 Feb. 6
Author Barton, Thomas (1730-1780)
Document Type Correspondence
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: February 6, 1756, letter from Barton, then in Reading, Pa., to Rev. Richard Peters, an Episcopal minister and secretary to Pennsylvania’s governor, reporting the Jan. 27, 1756 massacre of Juniata and Perry County settlers by the Delaware Indians. Barton lists the murdered citizens, notes that inhabitants were fleeing the region, mentions a plan of defense, and urges Peters to "make our condition known".
Names Peters, Richard (1704-1776)
Places Reading, Pennsylvania, Juniata County, Perry County, United States
Keywords frontier, war, massacre, missionary, French and Indian Wars, murder, scalping, captive
Theme Military Encounters: Conflicts, Rebellions and Alliances
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Northeast
Additional Information Thomas Barton was a Church of England missionary to York and Cumberland counties, Pa., during the French and Indian War. Soon after his ordination and assumption of his post in 1755, Braddock’s defeat compelled him to abandon his early attempts to minister to the Indians. Barton organized his congregations in York, Huntingdon, and Carlisle for defense against Indian incursions on what was then the Pennsylvania frontier, and in 1758 joined the army as a chaplain.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 58
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue