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Oliver, Thomas (fl. 1708) [A Memorial of the State of the Province of Massachusetts Bay in New England to Queene Anne during Queen Anne's War]

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04891 Author/Creator: Oliver, Thomas (fl. 1708) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Manuscript document signed Date: 20 October 1708 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: A petition from the Massachusetts colonists requesting help in quelling the hostile Indians allied with the French during Queen Anne's War. Gives insight into the conflict's costs upon New England. Discusses the Indians' barbarity and the French setting prices for scalps. Describes their need of aid and the ineffectiveness of regular troops against the Indians. Asks Queen Anne to enlist the help of Mohawks and other friendly Indian nations. Comments on trade, French holdings, and the supply of masts for ships. Signed by Oliver as clerk of the House of Representatives.

People: Oliver, Thomas, fl. 1708.

Historical Era: Colonization and Settlement, 1585-1763

Keywords/Subjects: French and Indian War, Military History, American Indian History, Petition, Government and Civics, France, Atrocity, Death, Wartime Pillaging and Destruction, Militia, Commerce, Merchants and Trade, Maritime

Sub Era: Early Settlements The 13 Colonies