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Charles (Massachusetts, United States) (search for this): chapter 18
of the governor's bark? for traditions have some value after all. Perhaps it can be supported and made less shadowy by authentic record. Let us see. There is, in the archives of our State House, carefully preserved, a letter from, and in the handwriting of, another Governor, the presiding functionary of the London Company chartered by King Charles I, who made that company a grant of land in New England in width from three miles north of the Merrimack river to three miles south of the Charles river and westward to the South sea in which to do business. The company had sent over a colony which settled at Nahumkeeke, i.e. Salem, with a few at Cape Ann, i.e. Gloucester, but who left there and settled at Mattapan (present Dorchester) and a few at Nantasket. All these were under the supervision of a local governor, John Endicott. There had some from Salem found their way across country (or otherwise) to the Mistick valley, and had here settled in the interests of that presiding fun
Salem (Massachusetts, United States) (search for this): chapter 18
business. The company had sent over a colony which settled at Nahumkeeke, i.e. Salem, with a few at Cape Ann, i.e. Gloucester, but who left there and settled at Matnder the supervision of a local governor, John Endicott. There had some from Salem found their way across country (or otherwise) to the Mistick valley, and had heWe have the evidence of that in the testimony of the Spragues, who, coming from Salem in 1629, found them here settled and employed. Now let us return to the letter of Cradock. Endicott had written a letter to him from Salem, dated September 13, 1628. It took just five months for it to reach Cradock, who three days later, Febnthrop's departure for New England. We have no account of any ship-building at Salem, none at Dorchester or Nantasket at that early time, and ask, where then but at with the Talbot of forty-six and one-half tons, which brought the colonists of Salem under Endicott across the stormy Atlantic. It certainly antedated the Blessing
Merrimack (United States) (search for this): chapter 18
y unloaded. But what about the tradition of the governor's bark? for traditions have some value after all. Perhaps it can be supported and made less shadowy by authentic record. Let us see. There is, in the archives of our State House, carefully preserved, a letter from, and in the handwriting of, another Governor, the presiding functionary of the London Company chartered by King Charles I, who made that company a grant of land in New England in width from three miles north of the Merrimack river to three miles south of the Charles river and westward to the South sea in which to do business. The company had sent over a colony which settled at Nahumkeeke, i.e. Salem, with a few at Cape Ann, i.e. Gloucester, but who left there and settled at Mattapan (present Dorchester) and a few at Nantasket. All these were under the supervision of a local governor, John Endicott. There had some from Salem found their way across country (or otherwise) to the Mistick valley, and had here se
Maine (Maine, United States) (search for this): chapter 18
d Christian adventurer belongs the honor of building the first vessel whose keel was laid in this part of the Western World; and that vessel was built on the bank of Mystic River, and probably not far from the governor's house at Ten Hills. There is a tradition that it was built on the north shore of the river, and therefore in the limits of Medford. Just what this part of the Western World means is open to query, but it is a known fact that a vessel was built by the Popham colonists in Maine at an earlier date. This he seems to have been unaware of, or overlooked, and while stating that the Blessing was built near the governor's house at Ten Hills, mentions a tradition about the north side of the river, and immediately says, the record concerning it is as follows: The governor built a bark at Mistick which was launched this day and called The Blessing of the Bay. We do not deny but that there was a tradition current relative to early ship building on the north side of the
Nantasket (Massachusetts, United States) (search for this): chapter 18
estward to the South sea in which to do business. The company had sent over a colony which settled at Nahumkeeke, i.e. Salem, with a few at Cape Ann, i.e. Gloucester, but who left there and settled at Mattapan (present Dorchester) and a few at Nantasket. All these were under the supervision of a local governor, John Endicott. There had some from Salem found their way across country (or otherwise) to the Mistick valley, and had here settled in the interests of that presiding functionary whohe time of writing, February 16, 1628-9, which was (the twelfth month of 1628) before Winthrop's election as his successor and before Winthrop's departure for New England. We have no account of any ship-building at Salem, none at Dorchester or Nantasket at that early time, and ask, where then but at Medford where the Spragues found Cradock's men established? There was no lack of timber for their use, and as to metal work and rigging the earliest record of the company (now extant) shows provis
Ten Hills (Massachusetts, United States) (search for this): chapter 18
this heroic and Christian adventurer belongs the honor of building the first vessel whose keel was laid in this part of the Western World; and that vessel was built on the bank of Mystic River, and probably not far from the governor's house at Ten Hills. There is a tradition that it was built on the north shore of the river, and therefore in the limits of Medford. Just what this part of the Western World means is open to query, but it is a known fact that a vessel was built by the Popham colonists in Maine at an earlier date. This he seems to have been unaware of, or overlooked, and while stating that the Blessing was built near the governor's house at Ten Hills, mentions a tradition about the north side of the river, and immediately says, the record concerning it is as follows: The governor built a bark at Mistick which was launched this day and called The Blessing of the Bay. We do not deny but that there was a tradition current relative to early ship building on the no
New England (United States) (search for this): chapter 18
d in the handwriting of, another Governor, the presiding functionary of the London Company chartered by King Charles I, who made that company a grant of land in New England in width from three miles north of the Merrimack river to three miles south of the Charles river and westward to the South sea in which to do business. The c the time of writing, February 16, 1628-9, which was (the twelfth month of 1628) before Winthrop's election as his successor and before Winthrop's departure for New England. We have no account of any ship-building at Salem, none at Dorchester or Nantasket at that early time, and ask, where then but at Medford where the Spragues fotherefore in the limits of Medford, in the light of Cradock's reference takes on new interest. Especially is this so when we refer to the story of Wood in his New England Prospect, of the Rebecca, sixty tons, and one of one hundred tons the next year, built here by Cradock's men. What name that earlier governor's bark, the our
Dorchester, Mass. (Massachusetts, United States) (search for this): chapter 18
the Charles river and westward to the South sea in which to do business. The company had sent over a colony which settled at Nahumkeeke, i.e. Salem, with a few at Cape Ann, i.e. Gloucester, but who left there and settled at Mattapan (present Dorchester) and a few at Nantasket. All these were under the supervision of a local governor, John Endicott. There had some from Salem found their way across country (or otherwise) to the Mistick valley, and had here settled in the interests of that p? Note that the time of writing, February 16, 1628-9, which was (the twelfth month of 1628) before Winthrop's election as his successor and before Winthrop's departure for New England. We have no account of any ship-building at Salem, none at Dorchester or Nantasket at that early time, and ask, where then but at Medford where the Spragues found Cradock's men established? There was no lack of timber for their use, and as to metal work and rigging the earliest record of the company (now extant)
Mystick River (Massachusetts, United States) (search for this): chapter 18
ne hundred and forty-five pounds, and quotes the owner (Governor Winthrop) as saying, five years later, I will sell her for one hundred and sixty pounds. It would be interesting to follow, were it possible, the career of this early product of Mystic river ship building, and to know if the governor realized his ten plus per cent profit. We trust that he did, but even so we cannot style him a profiteer. Now note the following words of our historian, which preceded the quotations above noted which he evidently made in their support: To this heroic and Christian adventurer belongs the honor of building the first vessel whose keel was laid in this part of the Western World; and that vessel was built on the bank of Mystic River, and probably not far from the governor's house at Ten Hills. There is a tradition that it was built on the north shore of the river, and therefore in the limits of Medford. Just what this part of the Western World means is open to query, but it is a known
Glocester (Massachusetts, United States) (search for this): chapter 18
ves of our State House, carefully preserved, a letter from, and in the handwriting of, another Governor, the presiding functionary of the London Company chartered by King Charles I, who made that company a grant of land in New England in width from three miles north of the Merrimack river to three miles south of the Charles river and westward to the South sea in which to do business. The company had sent over a colony which settled at Nahumkeeke, i.e. Salem, with a few at Cape Ann, i.e. Gloucester, but who left there and settled at Mattapan (present Dorchester) and a few at Nantasket. All these were under the supervision of a local governor, John Endicott. There had some from Salem found their way across country (or otherwise) to the Mistick valley, and had here settled in the interests of that presiding functionary who was styled governour, and whose name was Matthew Cradock. We have the evidence of that in the testimony of the Spragues, who, coming from Salem in 1629, found t
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