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HARVARD COLLEGE LIBRARY

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1841,

By Dorr, HowLAND & Co.,
in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of Massachusetts.

STEREOTYPED BY
RICHARD

H. HOBBS,
HARTFORD.

WORCESTER :
PRINTED BY M. SPOONER AND H. J. HOWLAND.

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PREFACE.

The compiler of this work, having been engaged for a num ber of years, in compilations relating to the History and Anti quities of several of the northern States, has come in contact with a variety of historical information, which may be considered as out of print. Many of these items of history, though valuable and interesting, may be thought by some as too trivial, or too much beneath what is called the “dignity of history," to be in serted in a historical work. It may be here observed, that it may be a fact, that we are not entirely competent judges of what may be valuable, or interesting, 10 those who come after us. Much valuable information has undoubtedly been lost to the world by fastidious views on this subject. In some instances, writers on history have made elegance of composition a primary object, and have selected their materials with reference to it. Instead of polished sentences, or well turned periods, truth in its simplı city should be the aim of the historian. To attain this object, we should, as far as practicable, go back to the original sources of information. In accordance with this practice, many parts of this work are copied from the original accounts, from which later historians have drawn their information. Though many of these accounts, in point of elegance of expression, &c., may be far below those more recently written, yet in every point of real utility, as historical documents, they are much inferior.

There are many valuable items of history which lie scattered about in publications of various kinds, rarely accessible to most readers, and which could not with propriety be introduced into any one history, written in the modern style. This work may

be considered as a collection of historical facts, items, and antiquities, relating to the history of the northern States. It may, perhaps, be the opinion of many, that if a work has been printed and circulated, there is but little or no danger of its becoming totally lost. It is a well known fact, however, that there have been works printed in this country, of which a copy cannot now be found. In some instances, even the publishers of books have been unable to procure a single copy of some of their publications, which had been issued but a few years. The compiler has endeavored to make an interesting collection, and trusts his readers will find entertainment, as well as valuable information, respecting the history of the several States. The study of history, is believed to be one every way worthy of attention. By the contemplation of the past, we feel our span of existence extended, and in a measure enter into the feelings of those who have gone before us. By tracing the history of man, in the va. ried situations in which he has been placed, and by observing the effect of principles by which he has been actuated, we feel interested and instructed,

CONTENTS.

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Abercrombie, defeat of, 296 Christianity, progress of among
Albany, settlement of 124 the New England Indians 352
Albany, fever in .. 478 Church, first in Massachusetts 34
America, first discovery of 9 Codfish, disease among
Amsterdam, New, surrender'd 328 Coinage, first.

525

Andre, capture of

458 Colburn, Zerah

510

Andre, execution of

459 Cold and wet seasons

472

Andross, tyranny of . 47 Cold winter of 1780

483

Andross, Maj. visits Saybrook 319 Cole, Ann, executed

486

Andover, witchcraft

491 Colonial Antiquities,

304

Annawan, capture of 252 Confederation of United Colo-

D'Anville's expedition 286 nies of New England 44

Arnold, treason of

457 Connecticut Records

309

Connecticut, principal settlers,
Baker, Miss Rachel, the sleep names of

151
ing preacher
515 Conspiracy, great

43
Beers, Capt., surprisal of 228 Comet 1668

473
Bennington, battle of 428 Corey, Giles, pressed to death 498
Bible, Indian

518 Court, first in Massachusetts 35
Bills of credit, &c.

525 Cross in the king's colors 190
Biographical Sketches 527 Covenant, Halfway

362

Black worm in 1770 479 Customs, Religious usages,

Bloody Brook, fight at 229 &c.

357

Boston Massacre.

385 Concord, engagement at 395

Boston Port Bill . . 54, 391

Brainerd's mission among the

481
Indians of New Jersey 371 Dartmouth College

166
Bunker Hill battle,

399 Davenport, the enthusiast 369

Bull, Capt., opposes Andross 321 Days of Fasting and Thanks-

Burgoyne, Invasion of

427 giving in N. York colony 316

Brookfield, attack on 225 Deerfield burnt

271
Delaware Indians

99

Cabot, discoveries by 12 Dermer's, Capt., Voyage 470

Caldwell, Mrs., murder of 456 Dighton Rock.

11

Cambridge Platform 361 Dieskau, Baron, wounded 292

Canada, invasion of . 402 Dixwell, Col., the Regicide 327

Canker worms

485 Drinking of healths abolished 194

Cattle, first brought over 32 Dover, attack on

259
Catholic Priests, expulsion of 319 Duke's Laws, N. Y. . 315
Canonchet, the Sachem 243 Dutch, their first arrival.
Charter of Connecticut, preser Indian tradition of

103

vation of

323 Dustan family, escape of 268

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Dark Days

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Dreaming match
119 Hutchinson, Mrs., .

35, 339
Drought, great

470 Hutchinson, Gov., plundered 383
Drought in 1762

479
Duel, first in New England. 29 Indian cunning

242

Dudley, Gov. difficulty with 186 Indian History, Traditions,

Drunkenness defined . 307 Anecdotes and Illustrations 99

Dutch, ancient manners of . 131 Indian Gazette

108

Indian head work

117

Earthquake in 1638 . 471 Indians, Five Nations

86

Earthquake in 1727. 478 Indian, application of Scripture 118

Eruption at Derby, Conn. 480 Indian and bear

119

Eruption at Hinsdale, N. H. 479 Indian metaphors

106
Indian sagacity

113
Fairfield, burning of
449 Indian shrewdness

117
Faith, religious, of the first

Indian worship

78
planters of New England 335 Indian Tradition of future hap-
Fall Fight at Turner's Falls 249 piness and misery

92

Five Nations, account of 86 Indian Wars

204

Fleet, wreck of Walker’s . 278 Indians of New England

69

Forts Edward and William Indians of New Jersey

Henry, Plans of ... 294 Indians of New York

85

Fort William Henry, capture Indians, expedition against 450

295 Indians, frightened from Fort

French and Indian Wars 255 Stanwix.

434

Indians, great mortality among

Gazette, Indian

108 in New England.

468

Goffe and Whalley, regicides 324 Ingersoll, Mr., stamp master 383
Goffe, repulses the Indians 325 Inscriptions on Dighton Rock 12
Gookins' Hist. Collections . 70 Iroquois, history of

85
Gorton, difficulties with 36, 342 Iroquois, artfulness of 101
Gorges, Sir'Fernando

173 Insanity among Indians . 116

Gosnold, discoveries by 13 Insurrection in Massachusetts 464

Griswold, Fort, massacre of 462

Groton, surprisal of

245 Judges' Cave, New Haven 325

Jurymen not allowed tobacco 306

Hakluyt, Richard

13

Half-way Covenant

362 Kiest, Gov., Proclamations : 132

Hale, Capt., death of 417 Knows God, name of 189

Haverhill, attack on

276

Hendrick, death of

291 Lake George, battle of . 288

Heckewelder, Mr., notice of 99 Lancaster, burning of 238

Hessians, capture of 421 Laudian Persecution

32

Hooker, Mr., emigration of 149 La Tour visits Boston

199

Hooker, congregation of 149 Laws, capital of Connecticut 314

Hubbard's Narrative of the In Laws, capital, of New York 315

dian Wars

204 Laws respecting dress 313

Hudson, Henry

14, 124 Laws respecting wages 311

Hudson river, discovery of. 120 Laws respecting marriage

Hunt, carries off Indians 15 Lee, mother Ann

373

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