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shall be short. I am well assured that an intrest is makeing for the valiant Josiah Quincy to be what you were so kind to say that our fra Benja Green shall be, viz., your secretary. Now, as you had the right of appoints yt officer, and as the Gov' had promised Secretary Willard the same for Green before, so I hope you won't adhear to any sollicitations even from our Colonel himself, who I expect will write you in fav' of sa Quincy. I hope you got safe to Mr Pepperil and found her and the family well. I am, with due regard, Sir,
Your most obt servt.
P. S. Green is getting ready, as you directed him.
WILLIAM VAUGHAN TO WILLIAM PEPPERRELL.
PORTSMO, Feb. 8, 1744.
HOND SIR, Give me leave to salute y" on y' being appointed Gen". I doubt not but you will use y' best endeavor, and I hartily wish you successe. I am doing all yt I can to forward ye buisnesse. I was latly at York, and find y people exceeding ready to go, but are in confusion on acct of officers. I hope Capt Donnell will be appointed a Lieut Coll., and Elder Harmon a Major, as he was ye first man yt engaged with me in y° affair, even before Capt Donnell came. I pray yt if these gent' are appointed above Captains yt they may have an allowance to nominate y° officers of these compas. I have desired yo gent' at York to march one comp next Mondy to Boston,
* Col. William Vaughan was born in Portsmouth, N. H., Sept. 12, 1703, graduated at Harvard College in 1722, and died in London Dec. 11, 1746. He played an important part in the operations against Louisbourg. See Appleton's Cyclopædia of American Biography, vol. vi. p. 246; Coll. of Maine Hist. Soc., vol. viii. pp. 293–313. — Eds.
to give life & spring to ye affair. I hope you'l encourage ye same. I have written to Doctor Hale to desire ye Gov to ord' all ye men to march in next week. I pray you to make ready to be at Boston next week, for dispatch is y life of businesse. I have proposed yt 2000 men, if no more, be ready to sail by y twentyeth day of ye month. I hear yt you intend to be at this town Mondy next; shall endeavor to wait on you, should do it sooner but y I expect you 'l be full of comp.
I am your hum' sert.
Honble W. PEPPERRELL, Esq'.
ANDREW LE MERCIER TO WILLIAM PEPPERRELL.
SIR, I give myself the honour to write you to acquaint your Honour that the Honourable Samuel Waldo hath been appointed by the comitee of our General Court to speak to my son Andrew (now at Falmouth) and to encourage him to go with you and your army against Cape Breton, in quality and in the character of a linguister. Tho' I want him very much about some other busines, yet if he can be serviceable in the intended expedition, I would consent to his going upon a suitable encouragement. It is uncertain yet how much the General Court will allow him. It is not likely that they will grant what I call a sufficient encouragement, except you are pleased to give him a lieutenancy in your own regiment or some other. Indeed, Sir, what makes people fond of commissions in your army is a hope, well or ill grounded, that if the place be taken they may have their commissions confirmed at home, and so have either a full sterling pay, if they are imployed, and if they are dismissed a half-pay.
* Minister of the French Protestant Church in Boston. He died Mar. 31, 1764, in his seventy-second year. See Memorial History of Boston, vol. ii. pp. 254-258.-Eds.
For that reason I would have him receive a lieutenant's
Your Honour's most humble and obedient servant.
To the Honourable Brigadier PEPPEREL, Esq, &c., &c., &c.
JOHNSON HARMAN * TO WILLIAM PEPPERRELL.
To the Hon. William Pepperrel, Esq′, Brig. General, at Kittrey.
YORK, Febr 16th, 1744.
HOND SIR, This waits on you with my duty, wishing you all the success and comfort that prosperity can afford you in the great trust repos'd in you. May the conduct of Heavn always atend you in evere scene of life. The Providence of God blessing me with so good a measure of health, and my inclinations being strong to wait on you to Lewisburgh, I am perswaded their is something yet for me to do their before I leave the world. And as your smiles is all I crave in order to my going with you, I shall
Col. Johnson Harmon had been in earlier life one of the most noted Indian fighters of the time, and was associated with Col. Moulton in many of his expeditions. At the date of this letter he must have been well advanced in years. — EDS.
look for my reward either in the coming world (if I am cal'd of in the cause of my King and country) or as you see I deserve if ever I return to New England. If you'l favour me with a line in answer, I shall look upon it as a token of your regard. I beg leave, Hond Sr, to subscribe myself,
Yr dutifull hble sert.
AMMI RUHAMAH CUTTER TO WILLIAM PEPPERRELL For the Hon. William Pepperrell, Esq., Brigadier Gen' for y Expedition to Cape Breton, in Kittery or elsewhere, by Mr Young.
SACO FALLS, Febry 20, 1744.
HOND SIR, Understanding by Col Waldo that my proposal of being a surgeon in the intended expedition was rejected by the Hon Committee, & being desirous to go in some shape or other, & hearing nothing in answer to my request in writing to y° Hon" for an enlisting order, I took a warrant from Col° Waldo to beat in his & y regiments, & have with such as I had secured before compleated the number of forty-six men, whose names I have sent to the Governour by Mr Young, & do believe I can make them up sixty. If what I have done be agreeable to yr Hon', & shall be content with a command that will not degrade me. Dennis Downing tells me he has enlisted with yr Hon', notwithstanding he had
* Ammi Ruhamah Cutter was a son of William and Elizabeth Cutter, of Cambridge, Mass., and was baptized May 6, 1705. He graduated at Harvard College in 1725, and began to preach at North Yarmouth, Maine, in 1729. He was ordained minister of the church there Nov. 18, 1730, and was dismissed Dec. 12, 1735, on account "of the unhappy difference which had arisen between him and the church." He afterward practised as a physician, and in Dec., 1742, removed to Saco, where he commanded a fort and had charge of an Indian trading-house. In the expedition against Louisbourg he was a captain in Col. Moulton's regiment, and for a considerable time was in command at Canso. After the capture of Louisbourg he remained in that place as chief surgeon, and died there in March, 1746. There are numerous letters, many of them of very little importance, among the Pepperrell Papers. See Paige's Hist. of Cambridge,-p. 522; Coll. of Maine Hist. Soc. vol. ii. p. 186.-Eds.
before entered with me, which he was induced to do for want of money, & I hear yt Nathan' Crocker, another of my men, has since enlisted with Cap' James Noble, which I mention that they may not be enter'd twice. Sir, as Biddiford (wherein are about twelve of my men) is nearer to Falmouth than to York, & as my family & a number of my men are at North Yarmouth, I must beg the favour that I may appear with my men at Falmouth rendezvous. I shall wait at Biddiford for yr Hon's further order, & am Yr humble servt.
AMI RUH. CUTTER.
I expect by Saturday to make up sixty men, having already secur'd five or six y' are not in the list.
JOHN GRAY* TO WILLIAM PEPPERRELL.
To the Honble William Pepperell, Esq., Brigadeer General and Comander in Chief of the intended Expedition, &c., att Kitterey.
BIDDEFORD, February ye 25, 1744.
SR., Though I may be yo last that may congratulate you upon your exalted station that ye Almighty God and ye people of this province have entrusted you with, which, indeed, is of ye greatest, and in my small capacity of discerning y most wisely concerted for y° best interest of y° whole continent, yet I may with sincerrity own to you my heart and affections are with you; and had I had time to have appeared, I should have been proud to have waited on you in this expedition tho' without sustaning any commission or proffitt. It being enough for me as a gentleman of this county to have accompanied General Pepperel. I am fully knowing that in yo midst
The will of John Gray, of Biddeford, dated Sept. 1, 1752, and probated April 1, 1755, is printed in Sargent's Maine Wills, pp. 749, 750. In it he names Elizabeth, his wife, an unmarried daughter, Mary, and two married daughters, Elizabeth, wife of Ezekiel Cushing, and Olive, wife of Nathan Woodman. - EDS.