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Winthrop, John (1588-1649) to Nathaniel Rich

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01105 Author/Creator: Winthrop, John (1588-1649) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 22 May 1634 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Reply to an October 1633 letter from Sir Nathaniel Rich inquiring about conditions in the colony. Describes Boston and the local Native Americans and mentions Royal Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony Thomas Dudley, Mr. Parker, John Alden, and John Howland, the last two in reference to an altercation on the Pascataqua River. Written just after Winthrop's first term as Royal Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

People: Winthrop, John, 1588-1649.
Alden, John, 1599-1687.
Dudley, Thomas, 1576-1653.

Historical Era: Colonization and Settlement, 1585-1763

Keywords/Subjects: American Indian History, Government and Civics

Sub Era: Early Settlements The 13 Colonies