November 7, 1632, Cradock
was fined £ 4 for his men being absent from training diverse times.
March 4, 1633-4, ‘the Ware
att Misticke is granted to John Winthrop Esq
psent Gouvr & to Mr Matthewe Cradocke
to enjoy to them & their heires forever.’
Of this locality William Wood
, in his New England's Prospect
, published in London
in 1634, says of Misticke: ‘there be not many houses as yet. At the head of this river are great and spacious ponds, whither the alewives press to spawn.
On the east side is Master Cradock's plantation, where he hath impaled a park, where he keeps his cattle, till he can store it with deer.
Here likewise he is at charges of building ships.
The last year one was upon the stocks of a hundred tons.’
Ship-building here may have commenced as early as 1629, when a bark was built.
It is more probable, however, that bark was built at Salem
, under Endicott
's directions or his predecessors, at Cape Ann
It was not till 1629 that Cradock
sent six shipwrights, as mentioned in the letter of April 17, 1629, to Endicott
That the prominent men of the Bay
Company appreciated Cradock
's support of the enterprise cannot be shown more strongly than by this extract from John Humfrey
's letter to Isaac Johnson
: ‘Mr. Craddocke
indeede would have stucke by mee, & (I thinke) sent and lent 20 tun to the plantation, beside him not a man (no, not to save your lives & the life of the worke in you) would do anie thing to purpose. . . . And trulie of all those that here are interested in the plantation there is none that retains so lively affections unto you as himself, nor that is more likely or more able to do us real courtesies (especiallie with the state) than himself.’
（December 23, 1630.)
July 7, 1635, Sir Harry Vane
the younger, writing to his father, says he is newly come back from speaking with Mr. Cradock
concerning the writer's intended journey, and that he offered him accommodation when