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Title Letter and remonstrance [manuscript]: 1676 Sept. 2 - 1677 May 23
Author Waldron, Richard (1609-1689)
Document Type Correspondence; Official Record
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Letter (Sept. 2, 1676) and remonstrance (May 23, 1677) addressed to the Massachusetts General Court, both regarding Richard Waldron’s military participation in King Philip’s War, 1675-1676. Letter concerns the voluntary surrender to Waldron of an associate of Indian hostile Sagamore Sam, his willingness to face the governor in Boston, and the pleas of eastern tribal leaders Wanalanset, Sampson, and Mr. William (William Sagamore?) "to save his life, if it be possible." There is also a reference to Waldron’s plans to capture hostile Indians assembled near his house. Remonstrance, also addressed to the governor, pertains to a suit brought against Waldron by Christopher Palmer, for liberating his prisoner, Capt. Walter Barefoot, to serve as surgeon on the 1675 Pennicooke expedition.
Names Barefoot, Walter; Palmer, Christopher; Sagamore, William; Sampson; Wannalancet
Places Portsmouth, New Hampshire, United States
Keywords armed forces, colonial forces, war, King Philip's War, governor, captive, hostility, law, legislation
Theme Military Encounters: Conflicts, Rebellions and Alliances
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Northeast
Additional Information Dover, N.H., pioneer, political leader, and soldier. Born in England around 1615, Richard Waldron (family name changed from Walderne by his son) emigrated to Dover in 1640, where he engaged in a prosperous lumbering business and trade with the Indians, and held numerous political offices (representative to the Massachusetts General Court, 1654-1674, 1677, etc.). Appointed sergeant-major of Yorkshire militia forces by the General Court in 1674, Waldron acted under the Court’s auspices during King Philip’s War to secure frontier outposts (expedition to Pennicooke, etc.). In September of 1676 at the conclusion of the war, Waldron cooperated in the capture and shipment to Boston of some 200 southern Indians sheltered among the eastern tribes with whom Waldron had previously made peace. Waldron was later (1689) murdered by the Indians in revenge for what they considered his treachery.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 962
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue