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Danforth, Thomas (fl. 1689) to Charles Frost

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05580 Author/Creator: Danforth, Thomas (fl. 1689) Place Written: s.l. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 17 February 1689 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Writing to Major Charles Frost in Kittery, Maine, at the beginning of King William's War (1689-1697), Provincial Governor of Massachusetts Thomas Danforth orders him to go to Boston and gather troops: "You shall in all places and by all ways & means to your power take, kill, & destroy ye enemy without limitation of place or time as you shall have opportunity." Mentioned is Lt. Simon Willard (1605-1676). In the margin is a recommendation to Frost of a "Lt. Andrews". It is not known if the date on the piece is old style or new style. Docket reads: "To Maj. Charles Frost in [illegible] In Kittney Lt Andrews. Frost was killed in an Indian ambush in York, Maine, in 1697.

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Historical Era: Colonization and Settlement, 1585-1763

Keywords/Subjects: Military History, Recruitment, Global History and Civics, Foreign Affairs, France, French and Indian War, American Indian History

Sub Era: The 13 Colonies