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Title Order [manuscript]: Province of the Massachusetts Bay, instructions to Coll. Thomas Westbrook appointed commander in chief of the forces eastward, 1722 Jan. 18
Author Dummer, Lieutenant Governor, William (1677-1761)
Document Type Correspondence; Official Record
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Orders written by then Lt. Gov. Dummer on Jan. 18, 1722 to Col. Thomas Westbrook to command the eastern forces in Maine. In this document, Dummer’s instructions to Westbrook contain the following: proper maintenance of troops including good discipline and the care of the sick and wounded, detailed instructions for undertaking an expedition to Maine listing the principal locations to be seized especially the French Fort Penobscot (later renamed Fort Pentagoet), and to communicate whenever possible via expresses with the Governor. Captain Johnson Harman’s role in the expedition is also detailed in the document.
Names Westbrook, Colonel, Thomas; Harman, Captain, Johnson
Places Fort Pentagoet, Castine, Maine, United States
Keywords government, colonial forces, army, New France, health, expedition, war, alliance
Theme Military Encounters: Conflicts, Rebellions and Alliances
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Northeast
Additional Information In the early 1720s, the Abenaki or Eastern Indians of northern New England were allied with France. Alarmed by colonial encroachment on their lands, the Abenaki Indians retaliated in open warfare in 1722. Dummer’s War, named after Massachusetts Governor William Dummer, lasted until 1726.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT oversize Ayer MS 575
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue