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A LETTER FROM DR. FRANKLIN.
THE ORIGINAL FROM WHICH THE FOLLOWING LETTER IS PRINTED, IS NOW
IN THE ARCHIVES OF THE MAINE HISTORICAL SOCIETY. WE ARE NOT AWARE THAT IT HAS EVER BEEN PUBLISHED. IT POSSESSES SUFFICIENT INTEREST, AND IS SO CHARACTERISTIC OF ITS AUTHOR, THAT WE DEEM IT ENTITLED TO A PLACE IN OUR PUBLICATIONS.
well. I had before written to our Minister at Madrid, Mr. Carmichael, requesting him to apply for the Release of this Man. Inclosed I send his Answer, with Copies of other Papers relating to the Affair. The Simpleton will be discharged, perhaps after being a little whipt for his Folly, and that may not be amiss. We have here another New-England-Man, Thayer, formerly a Candidate for the Ministry, who converted himself lately at Rome, and is now preparing to return home for the purpose of converting his countrymen. Our Ancestors from Catholics became first, Church of England Men, and then refined into Presbyterians. To change now from Presbyterianism to Popery, seems to me Refining backwards, from white sugar to brown.
I have written to Dr. Price of London, requesting him to make a choice of proper Books to commence a Library for the Use of the Inhabitants of Franklin. The Books will be sent directly from thence.
Jonathan and his Family are well. He expects to be with you soon. I continue very hearty, and well except my Malady of the Stone, which however is hitherto very tolerable. My love to Cousin Grace, &c. and believe me ever
Your affeectionate Uncle,
B. FRANKLIN. P. S. April 14. I send enclosed a bill drawn by Mr. W. Vernon, Jun'r on his Father for . . . Livres which I request you would receive and deliver to my Sister.
JONA. WILLIAMS Esq.
PAPERS RELATING TO INDIAN TROUBLES IN MAINE 1702-1704, FROM
COPIES OF RECENTLY DISCOVERED DOCUMENTS FURNISHED
1. A LETTER FROM JOHN WHEELWRIGHT to Gov. DUDLEY, AUGUST
2. LETTER FROM Capt. CYPRIAN SOUTHACK TO Gov. Dudley, MAY
10, 1703, GIVING A JOURNAL OF HIS CRUISE ON THE COAST OF MAINE. 3. SAME TO SAME MAY 17, 1703. 4. Lt. Gov. PARTRIDGE'S COMMISSION TO Capt. Thomas Parker,
August 12. 1703. 5. LETTER FROM SHADRACK WALTON TO Gov, DUDLEY Feb. 24,
“ WELLS August 4th, 1702. May it Please your Excellency,
At my hearing of your Excellency's Returne from the Eastward to Piscataqua the Last Week, I imediately went thither to waite on youre self theire, but your quiet dispatche from thence Prevented me of that opertunity, which mackes me bould to give your Excellency the trouble of these lines. Sr: I understand that the Indians at the Eastward Vearey Redily Professed Greate fidelity to your selfe and the English nation with Great Promises of Peace and frendship, which Promises So Longe as it may stand with theire owne Interest I believe they may keep and us Longer, theire teachers Instructing them that theire is no faith to be kept with Heriticks sutch as they account us to be, themselves allso being naturialey deseaitfull Like theire father hom they serve. Indeed Sr: I Cannot have Charity for them to believe what they say, I haveing Experi. enced so mutch of theire horable deseaitfullness in the Last war upon many of theire treaties and articles of Peace, so that I cannot but apprehend oureselves that live in these remote Parts of the Countrey and being fronteres but to be in Great dainger, and Considering that we have war Proclaimed with the french who are not so far from us but that they may without any great difucalty send out an army against us, eaither with or without the assistance of oure pretended frend Indians. This