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Winthrop, John (1606-1676) to John Berry

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05550 Author/Creator: Winthrop, John (1606-1676) Place Written: Hartford, Connecticut Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 29 July 1673 Pagination: 1 p. : address : docket ; 16.2 x 21 cm.

Summary of Content: Winthrop, the royal governor of Connecticut, responds to a letter from Captain John Berry, the royal governor of New Jersey, to correct "misinformations." Denies that he has encouraged emigration from Connecticut to New Jersey and reiterates his support for "good public designe of planting" and "the prosperous increase of [illegible] plantations" in Connecticut. Mentioned in the letter are "Capt. Nicolls", Sir George Carteret, and others. The morning this letter was written Winthrop had a conference with Francis Lovelace, the royal governor of New York. At the top is a note written much later that indicates the letter was given to G. H. Hollister, Esq. by Robert Winthrop on 26 September 1871.

Background Information: Winthrop served as Connecticut's governor in 1657 and 1659-1676.

Full Transcript: [note in another hand] Autograph of Govr. John Winthrop of Connecticut,
Given to G.H. Hollister Esqr
by Robt. Winthrop. 26 Sept. 1871.

- Honored Sr
Such misinformations rech upon reading your ...letter I might [strikeout] [inserted: apprehend] you had received, I Ra[illegible] desired Capt: Nicolls to discourse wth you concerning my answer to them being not [struck: capable] [inserted: in a capacity] of writing largely at present, and have shewed him the copy [inserted: of yr letter], wherin of joy [?] wth mr Samuel Willis to Sr George Carterett, wherof you may please to [?] a transcript, wch he hath taken wth him: and desire you to be assured, if it hath been very farr fro my acting or intentions, to incourage or [?] [inserted: any our] to a removal thence I have often, [strikeout] at their first [strikeout] [inserted: begun?] & since, as I had occasion, incouraged if good publicke designe of planting if [strikeout] [inserted: place], & am always desirous to promote the prosperous increase of [struck: ye] old plantations & therin, & all other good respects to be ever
your very real Servant
John Winthrop
Hartford July 29:

For the [strikeout] North
[inserted: captain] John Berry [strikeout]
Governt of the
Colony of
New Jersey
Copy to Capt
John Berry
July 9th 1673.
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People: Winthrop, John, 1606-1676
Berry, John, 1635-1690

Historical Era: Colonization and Settlement, 1585-1763

Subjects: Agriculture and Animal HusbandryGovernment and CivicsImmigration and Migration

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