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Papers of the Winthrop Family, Volume 4

Thomas Gorges to John Winthrop1
Gorges, Thomas JW Piscattaquake, 28 June 43 Right worthy Sir,

I vnderstand by Mr. Parker that you haue written to me by Mr. Shurt, which as yet I haue not received. It cannot be vnknown vnto you the fears that we are in since La Tours promise of ayd from you. for my part, I thought fitt to certifye soe much unto you, and I doubt not only these parts which are naked, but all N. E. will finde D'Aulnay a scourge. he hath long wayted (with the expence of neer 800li per month) for the apprehendinge of this supply, and if all his hopes shall be frustrated through your ayd, you may conceaue wher he will seeke for satisfaction. if a through worke could be made, that he might vtterly be extirpated, I should like it well, otherwise it cannot be thought but a Souldier and a Gentleman will seeke to reuenge himself having 500 men: 2 ships a Galley 3 pinnases well prouided: besides you may please to conceaue in what manner he now beseidges La Tour. his ships lye on the S.W. part of the Iland at the entrance of St. Johns Riuer, in which side is only the entrance for ships. on the N.E. lye his pinnases. it cannot be conceaued but he will fortifye the iland which will debarr the entrance of any of your ships and force them backe, shewinge the will, haueing not the power to hurt him:

I suppose I shall for England in this ship. I am not as yet certayn which makes me forbear to be larger at this tyme, or to desier your commands thither. thus in hast I rest Your honouringe frend and servant

Tho. Gorges

Massachusetts Archives, CCXL; Hutchinson Papers (1769), 114; (1865), I. 128.