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Papers of the Winthrop Family, Volume 4

John Endecott to John Winthrop1
Endecott, John JW


To the right Worshipfull my deare Friend John Winthrop Esq. Gouernour deliver
Deare Sir,

I ame glad that La Tour hath not ayd from vs, and I could wish hee might not haue any from the Shipps. For as longe as La Tour and Dony are opposites they will weaken on another. If La Tour should prevaile against him we shall vndoubtedly haue an ill neighbour. His Father and himselfe as I ame informed, haue shed the blood of some English already, and tooken away a pinnace and goods from Mr. Allerton. It were (I think) good that that busines were cleared before hee had either ayd or libertie to hire shipps yea or to departe: Sir It is not the manner abroad to suffer strangers to view Forts or Fortifications, as it seems theise French haue done. I must needs say that I feare we shall haue little comfort in hauing any thing to doe with theise Idolatrous French. The Countrie heereabouts is much troubled that they are so intertayned and haue such libertie as they haue to bring their 395souldiers ashore and to suffer them to trayne their men. And great Jealousies there are that it is not Dony that is aymed at, seeing such a strength will neither sute such a poore designe, and La Tour a man of weake estate as it is said. Wherefore other mens hands are imployed, and purses to for some other seruice. But I leaue all theise things to your serious considerations, desiring the Lord to guide you therein to his glorie and peace of the Churches heere to whose grace I committ you and humblie rest Yours truelie ever

Jo: Endecott 19. 4. 43

Massachusetts Archives, CCXL; Hutchinson Papers (1769), 113; (1865), I. 127. For Winthrop's account of the rivalry between Charles de La Tour and Charles d'Aulnay, in which Massachusetts became involved, see Journal, II. 105–116; 127–131; also printed in D.J.W. at 440 and 464 .