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Flagg, James (fl. 1767) to Gov. Francis Bernard

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03002.04 Author/Creator: Flagg, James (fl. 1767) Place Written: Cobbeseconte, [Maine] Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 20 August 1767 Pagination: 2 p. ; 24 x 20 cm.

Informs Governor Bernard that Asten is "the person suspected by the Indians," for being responsible for "the Murder and Robbery of some of their Brethren." Asten was believed to be robbing the Indians of furs. Numerous people, including Indians, saw Asten with wampum and articles of Indian clothing which "appears too suspicious to pass Unnoticed." In other documents Asten's name is spelled Austin.

Frances Bernard was the colonial governor of Massachusetts

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