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boule & cheaper too: often for 18: wch is 3 off yo' Bushells it neu' was knoune so cheape by most men liueing her: we hope ye Lord will giue you tymes off praise & reioyceing as you haue had off prayer: we are to haue a day off Thanks giveing next week the inclosed will sho the reasons pray Si comfort my deare and ancyent mother and aunt wilkenson, with my bre: & sisters: I often wish I could se them againe & yo" all: butt it is not like ffor besides other hinderances: truly the sad discouragements in comeing by sea is enough to hinder: vnles it were as formerly: y we could not inioy the ordina' of God I am sorry to heare lately y' M' hadden is to mary one off the daughters off a very great mallignant: and y he keeps so much socyety with them: he comes seldom hither your sone M' John Glouer cald att our house as he went into Scotland to be ouer the hospitall with Coll fenwicks Bro: I hope he will proue honest: $ I rest:


Yors WLLM CUTTER. Newcastle, May 19, 54.


Edward Roberts to President Dunster.

ffor his truely Esteemed ffreind M' Dunstor; late Pro

uost of the Colleage at Cambridge in New England these

Honored Freind I am wholy a stranger to you further then as to Report which hath spread it selfe to ye rejoiceing of many y' feare ye Lord, and hearing that your Porcon hath been to Suffer in some measure for ye Crosse of Christ, my selfe and some other that truly Loue you on yo ground aforesaid made it our Request to ye Truly vertuous Lord Deputy to provide for you in this Land who readily embraced the same and ordered fifty pound for ye bringing over yourselfe and family as you may see by a Copy of his Lorpps [Lordships) and

You may

Councells inclosed, with Direccons for mee to send to you, which moneys I haue sent by Mr John Milam of Waterford once an Inhabitant of New England who is bound with a shipp to some parts of New England, and who will send to you and Contruie yo' passadg, and advise you as to ye state of this Countrey and ye Christians amongst us. You need not feare Accomodacons here, though I hope that will not be your cheife motive but rather honor of ye Lord and his great name. through mercy haue free Liberty of your Conscience; and opportunity of Assotiateing with Saints and free publishing ye Ghospell of Truth which [is] greatly wanted amongst us there being but few able and painefull men who make ye service of god theire worke. I pray be not discouraged att any thing you haue heard or shall heare of this place but consider ye Providence of god who soe vnexpectedly as to you calls for your remoue. Paul did not in the like Case conferr with fflesh and Blood (hapily you may haue Lesse reason in some respect soe to doe) I desire you to haue a Care knoweing that there is a Crafty one that lyes in waite for to deceiue. I shall Add noe more but desire you to Consider that it is ye duty of a Christian to be guided by ye Call of god, and to be and doe what ever he shall require from you, by which Rule, I desire you to walke, and the god of mercy be your Councello herein and guide you in the way he would haue you to walke and that his presence may attend you to the perfecting your Race with Joy, and witnessing a good Confession before men, that soe in y® end you may be perfected in the Joy and Glory of the Lord att his appearance, In whome I trust to be found Yours and all Saints sincere freind & Seru'

Edw ROBERTS Dublin, 3d, 1655.

[Labelled, “ Received 10th of July, 1656, from ye hand of goodwife Price. ye order of ye counsel inclosed.”]

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Covenant between Edward Winshipp and Henry Dunster.*

These psents bearing date ye 29th of May 1657 witness y? Edward Winship of Wenatomy Yeoman hath coven & aggreed to allow & make good seven akers of meddowland on ye northern syde of ye brook y runs through alwife meddow to Henry Dunster & his heirs for ever for y' p' of ye sayd Henryes meddow y' lyeth on ye southern syde of ye sayd brook over against it to ye sd Edward & his heirs for ever, & in case ye sayd Edward canot finde seven akers there of meddow land for y® sayd Henry y yo ye sayd Edward shall allow ye sayd Henry two akers of upland for one of meddowland for all & every quantity of meddow wanting: & each pty ratifyeth this coven' for them & their heirs for ever. witness their hands herunto subscribed wth mutual consent y this their covenant shalbee publicly recorded as occasion is given.

HENRY DUNSTER: EDWARD WINSHIPP And its further aggreed ye sd Edward shall allow nine shillings annuall rent to ye sd Henry for ye foresd meddow on ye north syde of ye brook for 7 years next ensuing. Witness his hand.

EDWARD WINSHIPP In presence of


* In President Dunster's handwriting. The paper is labelled “ Edw Winships Covenant."



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SIR, — I inclose a letter to the President and Members of the Massachusetts Historical Society, containing a request to be released from the obligation of publishing in their Collections the Memoir of the late John Quincy Adams, which I have in a course of preparation, on the conditions which I communicated to you recently in conversation.

I request that you would present this letter to the Society at their next meeting, and that a vote may be passed exonerating me, on the terms specified, from the obligations resulting from their vote and my engagement on the subject. Respectfully yours,

JOSIAH QUINCY. Boston, 10 April, 1854.

To the President and Members of the Massachusetts His

torical Society. GENTLEMEN, In March, 1848, I was requested by a vote of your Society to prepare for your Collections “a Memoir of our late member, the Hon. John Quincy Adams, deceased.” My engagements at that time did not permit me immediately to comply with your request, and my attention

was not again drawn to the subject until last autumn, when, at the solicitation of one of your Committee for Publication, the Rev. George E. Ellis, I engaged to have the required Memoir in readiness for your ensuing contemplated volume. My preparation is now such, that I can easily fulfil that engagement; but my labors have resulted in a conviction, that it is not possible for me to compress within the limits usually assigned in your publications for this class of writings, nor indeed within the compass of one of your entire volumes, such a memoir of Mr. Adams as his character, services, and relations to society demand; as what I have already written and the materials collected sufficiently evidence. Under these circumstances, I am induced to request, that you would release me from the necessity of complying with the terms of your vote, so far as relates to the publication of my Memoir in your Collections. If this favor be granted, and life and health be spared to me, I engage to prepare a more full Memoir of Mr. Adams than it is possible for me to include within the usual limits of one of your volumes, and put the work to, and, I hope, issue it from, the press, in the course of the present year. This work I will cause to be published in a style suitable to its character, and, after acknowledging that it had its origin in the vote of your Society, I will obtain the copyright, take upon myself the entire cost and risk of the publication, and secure, and scrupulously place all its proceeds, should there be any, at the disposal of your Society.

On these terms, I request to be released from the obligation your vote and my engagement on this subject have imposed upon me. I am, gentlemen, very respectfully, your associate,

JOSIAH QUINCY. Boston, 10 April, 1854.



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