Meetings with New England Indians
Source: Winthrop's Journal "History of New England," Volume I, II, 1908.
- June 12, 1630 - (Nahumkeck) Salem Harbour - "An Indian came aboard us and lay there all night."
- June 13, 1630 - "Lord's day, 13.] In the morning, the sagamore of Agawam and one of his men came aboard our ship and stayed with us all day.
- September 30, 1630 - "Thomas Morton adjudged to be imprisoned, till he were sent into England, and his house burnt down, for his many injuries offered to the Indians, and other misdemeanors. Capt. Brook, master of the Gift, refused to carry him."
- March 23, 1631- "Chickatabot came with his sannops and squaws, and presented the governor with a hogshead of Indian corn. After they had all dined, and had each a small cup of sack and beer, and the men tobacco, he sent away all his men and women, (though the governor would have stayed them, in regard of the rain and thunder). Himself and one squaw and one sannop stayed all night, and, being in English clothes, the governor set him at his own table, where he behaved himself as soberly, etc., as an Englishman. The next day after dinner he returned home, the governor giving him cheese and peas and a mug and some other small things."
- March 26, 1631- "John Sagamore and James his brother, with divers sannops, came to the governor to desire his letter for recovery of twenty beaver skins, which one Watts in England had forced [?] him of. The governor entertained them kindly, and gave him his letter with directions to Mr. Downing in England, etc."
- April 4, 1631- "Wahginnacut, a sagamore upon the River Quonehtacut which lies west of Naragancet, came to the governor at Boston, with John Sagamore, and Jack Straw, (an Indian, who had lived in England and had served Sir Walter Raleigh [?], and was now turned Indian again,) and divers of their sannops and brought a letter to the governor from Mr. Endecott to this effect: That the said Wahginnacut was very desirous to have some Englishmen to come plant in his country, and offered to find them corn, and give them yearly eighty skins of beaver and that the country was very fruitful, etc., and wished that there might be two men sent him to see the country. The governor entertained them at dinner, but would send none with him. He discovered after, that the said sagamore is a very treacherous man, and at war with the Pekoath (a far greater sagamore). His country is not above five days journey from us by land."
- April 13, 1631- "Chickatabot came to the governor, and desired to buy some English clothes for himself. The governor told him, that English sagamores did not use to truck; but he called his tailor and gave him order to make him a suit of clothes; whereupon he gave the governor two large skins of coat beaver, and, after he and his men had dines, they departed, and said he would come again three days for his suit. "
- April 15, 1631- "Chickatabot came to the governor again, and he put him into a very good new suit from head to foot, and after he set meat before them; but he would not eat till the governor had given thanks, and after meat he desired him to do the like, and so departed. "
- April 16, 1631- "There was an alarm given to all our towns in the night, by occasion of a piece which was shot off, (but where could not be known,) and the Indians having sent us word the day before, that the Mohawks were coming down against them and us. "
- June 14, 1631- "At a court, John Sagamore and Chickatabot being told at last court of some injuries that their men did to our cattle, and giving consent to make satisfaction, etc., now one of their men was complained of for shooting a pig, etc., for which Chickatabot was ordered to pay a small skin of beaver, which he presently paid. "
- June 13, 1631- "Canonicus' son, the great sachem of Naragansett dame to the governorÕs house with John Sagamore. After they had dined, he gave the governor a skin, and the governor requited him with a fair pewter pot, which he took very thankfully, and stayed all night. "
- August 8, 1631- "The Tarentines, to the number of one hundred, came in three canoes, and in the night assaulted the wigwam of the sagamore of Agawam, by Merimack, and slew seven men, and wounded John Sagamore, and James, and some others, (whereof some died after,) and rifled a wigwam where Mr. CardockÕs men kept to catch sturgeon, took away their nets and biscuit, etc. "
- September 6, 1631- "At the last court, a young fellow was whipped for soliciting an Indian squaw. Her husband and she complained of the wrong, and were present at the execution, and very well satisfied. "
- September 17, 1631- "Mr. Shurd of Pemaquid sent home James Sagamore's wife, who had been taken away at the surprise at Agawam, and writ that the Indians demanded [blank] fathom of wampampeague and [blank] skins for her ransom."
- September 27, 1631- "At a court, one Josias Plaistowe and two of his servants were censured for stealing corn from Chickatabot and his men, (who were present,) the master to restore two fold, and to be degraded from the title of a gentleman, and fined five pounds, and his men to be whipped. "
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