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[424] discontents against the English; and that, in contempt
Chap. X.} 1643.
of a league, he had plunged into a useless and bloody war,—could not perceive in his career any claims to mercy. He seemed to merit death; yet not at the hands of the settlers. Uncas received <*>is captive, and, conveying the helpless victim beyond the limits of the jurisdiction of Connecticut, put him to death.1 So perished Miantonomoh, the friend of the exiles from Massachusetts, the faithful benefactor of the fathers of Rhode Island.

The tribe of Miantonomoh burned to avenge the execution of their chief; but they feared a conflict with the English, whose alliance they vainly solicited, and who persevered in protecting the Mohegans. The Narragansetts were at last compelled to submit in sullenness to a peace, of which the terms were alike hateful to their independence, their prosperity, and their love of revenge.2

While the commissioners, thus unreservedly and without appeal, controlled the relation of the native tribes, the spirit of independence was still further displayed by a direct negotiation and a solemn treaty of peace with the governor of Acadia.3

Content with the security which the confederacy afforded, the people of Connecticut desired no guaranty for their independence from the government of England; taking care only, by a regular purchase, to

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1 Records, in Hazard, II. 7—13. I. Mather's Ind. Troubles, 56, 57. Morton, 234. Winthrop, II. 130.134. Hubbard's Indian Wars, 42—45. Johnson, b. II. c. XXIII. Trumbull, i. 129—135. Drake, b. II. 67. Relation in III. Mass. Hist. Coll. III. 161 and ff Gorton, in Staples's edition, 154 and ff. See the opinions and arguments of Hopkins, and Savage, and Staples, of Davis and Holmes.

2 Hazard, II. 40—50. Winthrop, II. 198. 246. 380.

3 Winthrop, i. 197. Hazard, i 536 and 537, and II. 50. 54.

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